Entrance to The Making of Harry Potter - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Weasley's Kitchen at The Making of Harry Potter
Motorbike and Night Bus at The Making of Harry Potter
Dumbledore's Office at The Making of Harry Potter
Gryffindor Common Room at The Making of Harry Potter
Harry Potter Studio Tour - Riddle Grave

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

See where the magic is made on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. The Leavesden studios were home to the Harry Potter film series for more than ten years.

Housed within its walls are all the iconic sets, costumes and props that brought the best-selling book series to life on the silver screen.

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As the Harry Potter books were still being published when production began on the movie adaptations, the production crew decided to hold on to many of the sets, costumes and props, should they be needed at a later date. This meant that when production finally wrapped in 2010 on Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Leavesden was left with enough movie memorabilia to fill a vault in Gringotts!

Now they have opened their doors to the public, allowing you to explore JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and learn the secrets behind the magic.

Hogwarts Express and Platform 9¾ at The Making of Harry Potter
Hogwarts Express and Platform 9¾ at The Making of Harry Potter

Walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the Wizarding World.

With the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, you can recreate all of the famous movie scenes. Catch the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾. Or stroll down Diagon Alley and visit Flourish and Blotts, Gringotts Bank, and not forgetting Olivander’s wand shop. You can even explore the Forbidden Forest. Take a seat in Hogwart’s Great Hall. Or enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the Gryffindor Common Room.

You’ll also see some of the iconic props that helped make the Wizarding World real, such as the fully operational secret entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, complete with slithering stone snakes. And that’s before you come face-to-face with the full-sized aquatronic Basilisk mouth from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. At 10 m long, with jaws 1 m deep, it is the closest you will ever get to the real thing!

Diagon Alley at The Making of Harry Potter
Diagon Alley at The Making of Harry Potter

But of course, no tour of the Wizarding World would be complete without the iconic costumes worn by the actors themselves. At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter you’ll get a chance to see all of the most memorable outfits, from Harry’s Quidditch uniform to Ron’s frilly Yule Ball attire.

Then, why not finish your day by enjoying a frothy sweet-tasting Butterbeer, available in a souvenir tankard. Or even pick up a magic wand of your own at one of the souvenir stores.

Our Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is the perfect day out for witches and wizards of any age!

This tour combines fun and education, as you explore the diverse world of Harry Potter! It’s a must-do for all magic fans!

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1. The Great Hall

Harry Potter - The Great Hall Hogwarts

Serving as the backdrop to some of the film series’ most iconic scenes such as the Yule Ball and the Battle of Hogwarts, the Great Hall was first built for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2000 and was used as a key set for six more films. The spectacular Great Hall includes the costumes of students from each Hogwarts house plus two large tables which are set for dinner; at the top of the room is the teachers’ table where the Hogwarts Professors sat. The Great Hall is home to some of the beautiful hand crafted props created for the Harry Potter film series including Professor Dumbledore’s lectern and the House Points Counter. Though rarely seen on screen, it is rumoured that when the House Points Counter was first built it caused a national shortage of Indian glass beads.

2. Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley at The Making of Harry Potter

The Diagon Alley set constantly changed throughout the film series. Since its construction, walls have shifted, shop fronts have moved and entire buildings have been carefully tweaked, leaning just slightly, to create the street that is seen in the films. Many of the Diagon Alley set pieces were also re-dressed for use in the village of Hogsmeade for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The original design of the street combined the rich details from the Harry Potter books with inspiration from the streets described in the works of Charles Dickens. Diagon Alley is home to not only Gringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts and Mr Mulpepper’s Apothecary but also the dusty Ollivanders wand shop, where Harry’s wand famously chose him. The shop was home to more than 17,000 individually labelled wand boxes during filming.

3. The Forbidden Forest

Harry Potter Hogwarts Forbidden Forest

The Forbidden Forest seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was a combination of location and studio shooting. This moved entirely to the Studio for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in order to house Aragog’s lair and continued to grow throughout the film series. While shooting for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, scenic artists created backdrops that were up to six hundred feet in length. The Forbidden Forest seen at the Studio Tour is filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet.

4. Platform 9¾

Hogwarts Express and Platform 9¾ at The Making of Harry Potter

The Hogwarts Express locomotive transported hundreds of students from Platform 9¾ to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Most of the scenes that take place on Platform 9¾ were actually shot on location at King’s Cross Station in London, however, during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, part of the station platform was recreated on a soundstage here at Leavesden, complete with the track and the train. The Hogwarts Express provided the background for the very first shot ever captured for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and then, ten years later, for the very last shot of the entire series in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The real locomotive and passenger carriages were used on locations throughout the United Kingdom to create the exterior views of the train while a special interior carriage set (built on the soundstages at Leavesden) was used for all of the scenes that take place inside the train. Visual effects artists replaced the green screen background in the windows with moving backdrops and special effects like hopping Chocolate Frogs and flying Dementors.

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