Fans of Harry Potter can relive the boy wizard’s adventures beginning today for the Making of Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour at the Warner Bros. studios in England, located 20 miles outside of London, the three-hour self-guided tour will take visitors past sets, props, costumes, models and special effects exhibits from the eight “Harry Potter” movies.
Burbank-based Thinkwell Group designed and produced the Making of Harry Potter attraction housed at Leavesden Studios, where all the movies were produced. Thinkwell has created theme park attractions for Spain’s PortAventura, China’s Monkey Kingdom, Movie Park Germany and Universal Studios Florida.
Several of the sets on the London studio tour were re-created for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed land that opened at Universal Studios Florida in 2010. A similar version of Wizarding World has been announced for Universal Studios Hollywood. The Warner Bros. studio tour in Burbank has featured “Harry Potter” movie props and costumes for several years.
The marquee attraction at the London exhibit is a 50-foot-long model of Hogwarts Castle used to film aerial photography seen in the movies.
A total of 86 artists and crew members worked for more than 650,000 man-hours to create the 1:24 scale model castle that features 2,500 lights, hinged doors, miniature birds and live plants. The castle display completes a day-to-night cycle every four minutes.
Among the movie sets displayed on the Making of Harry Potter studio tour: