What to do with the kids at half term? Harry Pot­ter fans need look no fur­ther than Leaves­den in Hert­ford­shire. Camilla Good­man finds out more

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THIS half-term, vis­i­tors to Warner Bros Stu­dio Tour Lon­don – The Mak­ing of Harry Pot­ter will get the chance to meet the an­i­mal ac­tors who starred in the most suc­cess­ful film se­ries of all time.

From Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 to Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, a se­lec­tion of an­i­mals will team up with their train­ers to show­case their act­ing skills and take part in live train­ing demon­stra­tions at the stu­dio in Leaves­den.

A menagerie of owls, cats and a toad will re­turn to the in­cred­i­ble sets they ‘acted’ on dur­ing pro­duc­tion, led by head an­i­mal trainer Julie Tottman, who helped cre­ate the per­for­mances o more than 250 live crea­tures through­out all eight Harry Pot­ter films.

Vis­i­tors to the Gryffindor com­mon room set will find it oc­cu­pied b a Red Persian cat that played Hermione Grange bandy-legged fe­line Crook­shanks. He will be joined by a Maine Coon that por­trayed Filch’s part­ner-in-crime Mrs Nor and the 14-year-old toad that played Neville Longbottom’s pet Trevor.

Out­side Privet Drive, vis­i­tors will be able to pose for a pic­ture with a Snowy Owl that played Harry Pot­ter’s loyal com­pan­ion and post-de­liv­er­ing bird Hed­wig. An­i­mal train­ers will hold flight demon­stra­tions through­out the day on the Stu­dio Tour’s backlot, show­cas­ing the tech­niques they used dur­ing film­ing.

A par­lia­ment of per­form­ing owls will be sta­tioned on the wizard­ing shop­ping street set, Di­agon Al­ley, in­clud­ing the Great Grey Owl that played the Weasley fam­ily bird Er­rol and the tiny Lit­tle Owl that por­trayed Ron’s com­pan­ion Pig­wid­geon. ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties are in­cluded in the stan­dard ticket price.

Tick­ets cost £33 (adult), £25.50

An­i­mal ac­tors on set dur­ing the film­ing of the Harry Pot­ter movies

Head trainer Julie Tottman with a cat that played Crook­shanks

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