The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros StudiosCultureCinema
Every reader has at one time dreamed of a favourite book coming to life so as to be able to walk around the places described in the pages and breathe in its atmosphere. Fans of the Harry Potter series have to an extent had this dream realised as they only need visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour, where all eight Harry Potter movies were filmed over the course of ten years, to step into the familiar magical world of wizardry that has enchanted so many.
The sets and props used for the films were preserved for many years as JK Rowling was still writing the books and the crew could not predict what may be needed again. When the series reached its finale, there was such a rich collection of beautifully crafted items and iconic pieces under one roof that sharing it with the fans was the inevitable and logical outcome.
Visitors can walk through the Great Hall, stroll along Diagon Alley, see the purple Knight Bus, hop aboard the Hogwarts Express, and then rest with a tankard of butterbeer in hand. Documentary-style clips are played at various spots, some relating the impressions of the makers and crew members, others revealing the secrets behind the filming, particularly the challenging special effects created on-set and the stunning visual effects added in post-production.
Children will be absolutely thrilled to find themselves catapulted into the magic, able to engage in interactive activities such as wand practice and broomstick riding. Adults will undoubtedly share the same excitement, and appreciate the incredible level of detail that went into every single aspect of the making. Any film fan, in fact, will admire the magnitude and sheer effort behind the creation of this stand-alone universe, and even a Harry Potter novice would likely be inspired to delve deeper into the series.
The tour offers plenty of photo opportunities and satisfies the curiosity of those interested in the technical aspects, as well as keeping everyone entertained at every step. There is a surprise at every corner and the excitement can be felt and heard all around. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film release, The Philosopher’s Stone, so it is an ideal time to visit as special activities are held to coincide with the event, including the opening of Number Four, Privet Drive.
Impressive and awe-inspiring from start to finish, The Making of Harry Potter is an absolute must for followers of the series and rich enough to interest everyone else, too. The overall experience is nothing short of magical.
The Making of Harry Potter is an ongoing event at Warner Bros Studio, for further information or to book visit here.