I am a hard core Potter Fan.  From the day I set eyes on the first Potter movie, I knew that I was hooked to this magical world for life.  With much anticipation each year, I eagerly waited for each new title in the series to be delivered to my doorstep.  I literally watched those Harry Potter kids grow up on set.

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour

And with so with much trepidation, I watched from the sidelines at the launch of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour on the making of Harry Potter films.

Located at Watford Junction, London, this facility houses the film set and props that were created exclusively for the making of all 8 Harry Potter films.

The Harry Potter studio was opened to the public on 31 March 2012 and is definitely THE place to go for Potter fans.  No Potter fans should miss this out.  Needless to say, as an adoring Harry Potter fan, I simply must visit this attraction en-route to Iceland.  For those of you who had seen at least one of the films, you’ll definitely find something that looks familiar to you.  For other Potter fans, every single element of the attraction can elicit some gasps and squeals of delight.

Built like a museum or mega exhibition, the studio tour is mainly a self guided walk.  Only a small portion of the tour is guided, and visitors can spend as much time as they like viewing the authentic sets and props from the film.  Read on for some of the highlights of the attraction.

Highlights of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

Kick off the tour with Harry’s cupboard under the stairs.

Step through the giant doors and walk through the actual Great Hall used in filming the Harry Potter series.

Discover actual costumes and wigs worn by the cast during filming.

Enter Dumbledore’s office and look out for the spiral phoenix staircase, Dumbledore’s pet phoenix Fawks, the Sword of Gryffindor, the sleeping portraits of past Headmasters, the pensieve and the vials of memories stored in the cabinets.

Stop by the portrait of the Fat Lady and have a look at the Gryffindor common room and the boys’ dormitory.

Discover the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.

Walk through the gallery of portraits and discover how they were made to life using green screen effects.

Discover other memorable film sets such as the gates of Hogwarts castle, Hagrid’s Hut, the Potions classroom, the Leaky Cauldron, Umbridge’s office, and the fireplaces at the Ministry of Magic.   Watch the dishes cleaning themselves at the Burrow.

See the props and artefacts used during filming, including wands of each of the character, the Horcruxes, the Philosopher’s stone, Golden Snitch, Time-Turner, the Daily Prophet, school textbooks and the Marauder’s Map.

Take a free lesson on how to wield that wand.

That concludes Part 1 of our review of The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Brothers Studio Tour @ London Watford. Join us next as we bring you Part 2 of our review!

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