Warner Bros. Studio Tour London inaugurated The Making of Harry Potter tour in March 2012 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden where you will explore the sets of all the films from Harry Potter series. Explore the amazing British talent, artistry and unmatched imagination which brought the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling into life in the Studio Tour.
Here, you will feel lucky to walk on the authentic and genuine Harry Potter sets, feel the magical world of wizards with spell-bound VFX and special effects and uncover the secrets behind the exciting Harry Potter series behind the scenes.
Expect the Unexpected at Harry Potter’s World
Feel the thrill from the eyes of filmmakers who played a vital role in reliving the life of Harry Potter film series. Explore the animatronic creatures, spell-bounding special effects, and original sets with two soundstages. Also get the first-hand experience to green screen technology, learn the way intense prosthetics turn actors into creature.
Sets to Explore
The Great Hall
The backdrop to some of the most iconic scenes of the film series, including the Battle of Hogwarts and the Yale Ball, the Great Wall was built in 2000 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and was also used for six more sequences.
Explore the large dinner table and costumes of each Hogwarts house student here. Also witness the upper teacher’s table which accommodated the Hogwarts Professors. Witness the House Points Counter and Professor Dumbledore’s lectern from the Harry Potter series in the Great Hall.
The Forbidden Forest combined both studio and location shooting in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Later, it was used in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to house the lair of Aragog. The backdrops were created for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which were around 600 feet high. At the Studio Tour, There are 19 trees in The Forbidden Forest with over 12 feet of diameter.
Platform 9 ¾
It was the only platform where hundreds of students boarded on the Hogwarts Express which transported them to Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Most of the scenes in this platform were shot at King’s Cross Station. But part of the platform was recreated at Leavesden in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), completed with the train and the track.
The very first shot of Hogwarts Express was captured here for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and very last shot of the whole series was shot after 10 years in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2). The filmmakers used the real passenger coaches and locomotive on locations across the UK for exterior views and used a special interior set of the coach (on its soundstages) was used for all scenes in the train. The green background was replaced by VFX artists with moving backdrops in the windows, along with flying Dementors, jumping Chocolate frogs, and other special effects.
The set of Diagon Alley has seen constant changes across the series. The shops moved, walls shifted, and the whole buildings have been changed well to create streets we have seen on screen.