OH. MY. GOSH.
Roll up, muggles! The Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter opens to the public on March 31. The tour’s website promises that “secrets will be revealed” – but are they secrets anyone wants to know? And is the studio tour just the poor man’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter?
Film studio Warner Brothers spent £100,000 (a drop in the bucket when considering how much the eight films raked in) over the last 18 months converting the studio where the Potter films were made into a permanent tourist attraction. There, fans will be able to see the actual sets, props and special effects used in the films, including a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts, an 18-foot wide Aragog, and an animatronic Buckbeak.
The studio is in Leavesden in Hertfordshire, just a short Potter-themed double-decker shuttle ride from Watford Junction station (20 minutes by train from Euston). Previously the home of James Bond (during the Pierce Brosnan years, 1994 to 2000), the studio is a converted aircraft factory.
These are so amazing and beautiful, I might just cry. This just makes me so sad that there won’t be any more movies. But what like J.K. Rowling said, “the magic will live with us forever”. Ugh I hope I get to visit this place really soon! x