MEET HARRY’S FAITHFUL HEDWIG
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
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