All aboard! The Hogwarts Express made its way back to London this week for the opening of the new expansion at the Making of Harry Potter exhibit at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London.
First announced in January, the expansion opened to the public this Thursday. With the new expansion, visitors can step onto Platform 9 ¾, located within a replication of Kings Cross Station. Aboard the Hogwarts Express, one can walk down its narrow aisle and peer into its compartments for behind-the-scenes insights on how the scenes on and around the train were made, from the trio’s first meeting to the epilogue of Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Making every Harry Potter fan’s dreams come true, the train features a few open compartments that allow visitors to imagine themselves embarking on the journey to Hogwarts. Similarly, visitors to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando can ride the Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade. However, while a replica is used in Orlando, the train at the Studio Tour, officially known as Oton Hall, is the actual train used in the films.
Besides the train, the platform also features a variety of props from the films related to the Hogwarts Express and the scenes at Kings Cross, including luggages and trolleys, as well as costumes worn by the actors.
To mark the launch of the expansion, several Harry Potter film stars, including the Phelps twins, who played Fred and George Weasley, Mark Williams, who played Mr. Weasley, and Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films, made an appearance at the Studio Tour.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsjuihara made a speech at the launch event, saying, “Jo [J.K. Rowling] couldn’t be here tonight, but she’s here in spirit… This place [the Studio Tour] embodies the world of Harry Potter and brings it to life.”
The Hogwarts Express at the Making of Harry Potter exhibit is now open — to purchase tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, visit their website here. Tickets must be purchased in advance; a standard ticket includes the new expansion.
To learn more about the Studio Tour, visit our page dedicated to the exhibit here.