Harry Potter studio tour opens - Rupert Grint and Tom Felton join fans

13:08 31 March 2012

The new attraction The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, as thousands of Harry Potter fans will turn out today at the opening of the studios where the blockbuster film series was shot

The new attraction The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, as thousands of Harry Potter fans will turn out today at the opening of the studios where the blockbuster film series was shot

Stars of the Harry Potter films including Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Bonnie Wright are joining thousands of fans today for the opening of the studios where the blockbuster series was shot.

The multi-million-pound Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter will open at Leavesden, near Watford, Hertfordshire, where all eight films were made.

The attraction has been described by studio bosses as the “ultimate opportunity” for fans of JK Rowling’s magical stories to enter the sets of their favourite movies.

The three-hour walking tour’s attractions include the original Great Hall of Hogwarts School, built for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The hall features graffiti by Hogwarts’ pupils, solid oak and pine house tables which were built for the films, and York stone flooring laid more than 11 years ago.

Some of the most recognisable sets include Dumbledore’s office, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, Gryffindor common room and the Weasley kitchen.

People can ride on the famous broomsticks and visitors will also see close-ups of the costumes, animatronics, special effects and props seen by millions on TV and movie screens worldwide.

Sarah Roots, vice president of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, said: “What makes this tour so special is that everything on show has been used in the making of the Harry Potter film series.

“All the sets, props and costumes are authentic and show the incredible detail and craftsmanship that goes into film production.

“All the films were shot at Leavesden so it’s wonderful to be giving the sets a permanent home here.”

A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £83. Individual tickets for people aged 16 and over are £28 and £21 for children aged five to 15.

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 14:16
The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.

These two new arrivals, born just in time for a weekend celebrating the bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh, have been given some very apt names.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14
Police were called to the house of Sam Taylor Wood, seen here with husband Aaron Taylor Johnson at the European premiere of 'Godzilla' in Leicester Square in May, after the machine gun was spotted through a window  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sam Taylor-Johnson got a visit from the firearms squad last night after a spotter-by noticed a machine gun in her house and called the police.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:01
Firearms officers arrested the suspect

Members of the public helped to thwart an attempted armed robbery in Whitechapel yesterday.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more