Warner Bros may be a household name thanks to producing some of the most famous films in history, but the London Warner Bros Studio Tour at Leavesden Studios is famous for one thing and one thing only: The Making of Harry Potter.
Located about 20 miles from central London, Leavesden Studios served as a key filming location for some of the most iconic scenes in all eight of the Harry Potter films. Over a span of ten years, approximately 588 different Harry Potter sets were constructed at the studio, with the most notable being Hogwarts' Great Hall for Harry Potter And The Philosophers' Stone (which was one of the first sets to be built at the studio), Dumbledore's office (as seen in Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets), and the massive Ministry of Magic (which apparently took nearly 22 weeks to build for Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix).
Once filming wrapped for the final Harry Potter film, the studio was left with so many artefacts and studio sets, Warner Bros decided to expand the studio to develop The Making of Harry Potter into a permanent exhibition in 2012. Thanks to the exhibition, nearly 6,000 Harry Potter fans from all over the world visit the studio each day to see some of the many iconic costumes, props and sets that were used in the Harry Potter films over the years.
Highlights The Warner Bros Studio Tour
From taking a stroll along Diagon Alley, to going aboard the Hogwarts Express, the Warner Bros Studio Tour will make Harry Potter fans feel more spellbound than Neville Longbottom being cast with the Full Body-Bind curse after catching Harry, Hermione and Ron sneaking out of their dormitories.
Visitors will get the chance to glance over portraits in Dumbledore's office, stare at boxes upon boxes of wands in Ollivanders' Wand Shop, and even get up close and personal with some horrifying deatheaters and Aragog, Hagrid's beloved massive, hairy spider. You can also see Harry Potter's bedroom under the stairs at Privet Drive, Hogwarts school uniforms, and even bump shoulders with Dumbledore, Mad Eye Moody, Dobby and Harry Potter himself.
Not just limited to the tour, visitors can also try out some delicious Butterbeer at the backlot area, buy some chocolate frogs at the Studio Shop, and even take a ride on a broomstick in a green screen technology room so you can take a photo home with you as a souvenir.
- If you're worried about getting to and from the studio from central London, when purchasing your tickets on the official website, click on the box with three lines on the top corner of the screen to include transfers to and from the studio.
- If you're on a budget, Golden Tours offers transportation to and from the studio for as low as £50 if you choose a later entry time.
- If you take any photos during your visit, make sure you use the hashtag #WBTourLondon when sharing them on Twitter and Facebook!