Warner Bros. Studios Tour London is quite possibly the only permanent filmmaking exhibit of its size in the world. It provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films, one of the most successful film series of all time.
This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Photos: Dave Catchpole/Flickr
As early as 2001, after the success of the first film, Warner Bros. were putting plans to build an attraction dedicated to the series in place and so began storing items from the films when they were no longer being used.
Finally, in 2010, as the last film was nearing completion, Warner Bros. announced they would be purchasing Leavesden Studios and work on the tour began in earnest.
The tour’s layout and overall presentation were designed by the Burbank-based Thinkwell Group in close collaboration with Warner Bros. and the actual filmmakers, including Production Designer Stuart Craig, Set Dresser Stephenie McMillan, Creature Designer Nick Dudman, Construction Manager Paul Hayes & Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.
It only includes sets, props, and costumes that were actually created for or used in the production of the Harry Potter film series.
Sets like the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory, Hagrid’s Hut and a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts Castle.
The ornate doors to a Gringott’s vault and to the Chamber of Secrets are seen after passing a wall dedicated to the paintings produced to decorate the walls of Hogwarts.
The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes, and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand.
Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming. It opened to the public on 31st March 2012 and since then has welcomed over 6,000 visitors a day during peak times.
Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two sound stages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.