HARRY POTTER Studio Tour Opens in London in 2012

     March 4, 2011

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In spring of 2012, Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios will open its doors to let the fans see where the Harry Potter movie magic was made for over a decade. This three hour long tour will include costumes, props, animatronics, and a few of the most famous sets, such as the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s Office. Dan Dark, Managing Director and SVP of Leavesden Studios, has said, “The tour promises to be one of the most exciting and memorable visitor attractions anywhere in Europe, delivering an experience never before seen by the general public.”  Ticket information will soon be available on the tour website. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 being released in 3D on July 15th, this attraction is the perfect end to a long and glorious era.

For the official press release, continue after the jump.  To follow all of Collider’s coverage of Harry Potter news, click here.

harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire-set-photo-01Here’s the press release:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will open in the Spring of 2012 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the production home of the Harry Potter films for over ten years.

Tickets will go on sale later this year and must be booked in advance via a dedicated website www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or through approved tour operators.

Featuring the authentic sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects used in the production of all eight Harry Potter movies, the tour will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing this beloved film series to life.

Among a series of never-before-seen exhibits on the three hour long tour, visitors will be able to walk onto some of the most memorable sets from all of the films in the Harry Potter series including the iconic Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and many others to be announced at a later date.

One of the first sets ever to be created for the series, the Great Hall was built in 2000 for the series’ first outing, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Designed by BAFTA-winning production designer Stuart Craig, it is 120ft long by 40ft wide with a solid stone floor and includes the tables and benches used in the films.

Dumbledore’s office, meanwhile, was built for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is also the home of the Sorting Hat, The Sword of Gryffindor and Dumbledore’s desk which is surrounded by a library of ancient looking books. Adorning the office walls is a myriad of paintings commissioned specifically for the films, including two of Professor Dumbledore himself.

Tickets will go on sale at a date to be announced later this year, but interested guests are encouraged to visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and register to receive ongoing updates and information on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Dan Dark, SVP & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden said, “While the Harry Potter film series reaches its highly anticipated conclusion this summer, its incredible filmmaking story and its relationship with Leavesden is set to live on with the launch of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. The tour promises to be one of the most exciting and memorable visitor attractions anywhere in Europe, delivering an experience never before seen by the general public.”

Josh Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, added, “We’re incredibly excited about next year’s opening of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. It will celebrate the exceptional British creativity and craftsmanship that goes into making major movies here in the UK.”

Currently under construction, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden is set to be one of the largest studio production facilities in Europe when it opens next year. A quarter of a million square feet of dedicated soundstages, and the largest back-lot in Europe, will accommodate major film, TV and advertising productions within its secure 200 acre state of the art site in Hertfordshire.

Warner Bros.’ relationship with the site stretches back over ten years, and has seen the production of all eight Harry Potter films as well as many other recent Warner Bros. films including Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and the forthcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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