All you need to know about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London: The Making of Harry Potter.
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is located outside of London, in the town of Watford. It was on this location that the Harry Potter films were made, over the course of ten years, from 2000 to 2010.
Following the completion of filming, in November 2010 The Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London was announced as a permanent exhibition that would give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Harry Potter films. To learn more about the films click here.
Over a year, workers worked to refurbish the sets, renovate the location and ultimately build what has become one of the UK’s top attractions. It was finally ready for the grand opening on March 31, 2012.
What you will see on the tour:
Since the opening, thousands of people have flocked to the studios to see the iconic sets of the Harry Potter films. Through two buildings, J and K, visitors journey through the world of Harry Potter in the way of the sets. The sets seen on the tour include, but are not limited to, the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore’s Office, and the Ministry of Magic. There are a countless number of props and costumes from the films, including Hagrid’s motorbike, Harry’s Nimbus 2000, Hermione’s Yule Ball gown, and Dumbledore’s robes.
Between the two buildings is a courtyard filled with outdoor sets, including Privet Drive and the Knight Bus. If you feel like it, sit down and have a glass of Butterbeer from the refreshment stand.
Building K’s exhibits focus on the design of the Harry Potter films, whether it be set design, graphic design or costume design. You’ll see miniature mock-ups of sets and the concept art from the films. Also on display is a 7-foot tall Hagrid and a blood-stained Dobby. In a separate room, there is a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts. This scale model took months to build, and was used in all of the movies for the exterior shots of the castle. It is seemingly breathtaking!
As you leave, you enter a room filled with thousands of wands, with each wand dedicated to a person who had been a part of the making of Harry Potter. Then, in the center of the room, is a single quote from J.K. Rowling: “The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” What a perfect way to end the tour!
|Adult (Ages 16 years and above)||£29.00|
|Child (Ages 5 to 15 years)||£21.50|
(Tickets are required for children aged 4 and under)
(either two adults + two children, or one adult + three children)
The first tour starts between 9am – 10am and the last tour between 4pm – 6:30pm; closing time is 3 hours after the last time slot. We are open 7 days a week, all year round, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.