Behind The Scenes Of Harry Potter

October 30, 2014

By Tab Byrum

When we decided to take this trip to London there was one thing we definitely wanted on the itinerary, a tour of the Warner Bros. Studios where all 8 Harry Potter movies were made.  Many of the sets from the films were saved as were most of the props and costumes, and Warner Bros. has brought them together in one area and created the Making of Harry Potter.  The tour is located a bit north of London, easily reachable by train to the Watford Junction station, then take a bus to the studios.

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This day before Halloween I thought was the perfect time to share our adventures at the studios as we got to know a little better, the boy who lived under the stairs. 

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Harry’s home in the beginning under the stairs.

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In the Great Hall there are a huge amount of costumes, on the far left are the school robes
worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the first movie when he was 11. 

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At the front of the Great Hall are several costumes worn by Teachers and Professors.

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The tables were set for a Halloween feast.

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Once you leave the Great Hall you enter a huge warehouse space that houses props and costumes
from the movie.  This is the ceiling from the Great Hall, it’s actually a miniature ceiling. 

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With it being so close to Halloween, Death Eaters roamed the grounds
terrorizing the Muggles. 

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The “ice sculpture” of St. Basil’s from the Yule Ball and the tombstone from Goblet of Fire for the Riddle family. 

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Harry and Ron’s bedroom in the boy’s side of Gryffindor Tower

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The Gryffindor Common Room. 

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The entrance to Headmaster Dumbledore’s office tower. 

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You can enter Dumbledore’s office, this was one of my favorite exhibits.  You can also see all the portraits of
sleeping former headmasters on the walls of the chamber.

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There’s an outdoor area to take a break and have a bite to eat before entering the last phase of the tour.  Out here
you can see 4 Privet Drive where Harry lived with the Dursley’s (above) and the home in Godric’s Hollow
where Harry’s parents were killed and he became the boy who lived. (below)

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The second warehouse area focuses mainly on the technical aspects and design of the films and all of the 
creatures used in all 8 films, LOVED THIS PART!!!!!

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One of the merpeople from Goblet of Fire (left). Dobby, artificial hands and a terrifying textbook, all mechanical (right). 

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Diagon Alley is totally recreated for you to walk down, notice the Death Eater on the left terrorizing Muggles. 

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Pick a wand, or perhaps the wand picks you. 

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As you round one of the final corners this is what you see, truly breathtaking. 
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

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The lights are constantly changing to give you the impression of daytime and night, with lights within
the castle going off and on with the changes in the time of day. 

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You can take some great pics of the castle and grounds, through the viewfinder it’s truly like being there.
Click on the pictures to get a better view. 

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One of my favorite images from the tour, I guess I might have somewhat of a dark side. 

We took over 300 pictures on the tour, if you would like to see all of them we’ve created an album on Google+, just click here to see all the pics from The Making of Harry Potter.

Earlier this month it was announced that there will be at least 3 more movies made in the next several years based on the J.K. Rowling book Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them, with the first release date set for November 2016.  This new trilogy will be shot at these same studios we toured and where the previous 8 films were made.   If you are in London make some time for this tour, it’s great for kids and adults alike, most adults I know love the books and movies just as much as kids.

 

All words and images are my own.

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