THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON - THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER -
No true Harry Potter fan should leave London without visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Accessible by public transport and a shuttle bus, it is well worth the trip. New this year is the Forbidden Forest. Entering through gigantic steel Hogwarts gates, you can walk among the entwined roots of 19 gigantic trees, where you will encounter Aragog, the fearsome giant spider with a leg-span of 18ft, and Buckbeak, the noble Hippogriff. Marvel at the attention to detail which meant that every hair on the spider’s body, and feather on the Hippogriff, were painstakingly inserted by hand.
Even before this impressive new addition, the tour was spectacular. You start off in the Great Hall of Hogwarts, with the costumes of every major character mounted on a dais, before entering a vast space containing several whole sets: there’s Gryffindor Boy’s Dormitory, Dumbledore’s office, the Potios classroom and the Malfoy Manor drawing room. But in a way, it’s the small details that impress most: the craftsmanship in the Golden Snitch, as fabulous as any jewellery; and the fact that every wand was handmade, with different styles to match each character. After that, you’ll find a 20,000 sq ft recreation of Platform 9¾, with an actual steam train just like the one that took Harry to Hogwarts; the Creature Effects Workshop, full of animatronic beasts and latex heads; and a full-scale replica of Diagon Alley. The tour climaxes with a vast 1:24 scale model of the whole of Hogwarts.