The Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London’s The Making of Harry Potter exhibit announced plans to unveil a 20,000 ft² expansion this March, including an area dedicated to the Hogwarts Express.
The original Hogwarts Express steam engine used in the Harry Potter films will make its way back to Leavesden Studios when the recreation of Platform 9 ¾ opens. According to the Studio Tour’s website, “The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as give you the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.”
The Platform 9 ¾ set, including “every inch of the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks”, will be reassembled by the same team that worked on the films, led by Construction Manager Paul Hayes and dressed by Set Decorator Rosie Goodwin.
The Studio Tour’s website advertises the expansion with a list of things visitors will be able to do:
- Pose with a luggage trolley on Platform 9 ¾ as it disappears through the station’s yellow brick wall and walk along the Hogwarts Express’ adjoining carriage
- Explore the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack)
- See a selection of prop luggage and find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more)
- Browse a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express in a train-themed souvenir shop which will be open on the platform