Hey Harry Potter fans! You sad the movies are over? Oh don’t cry, ’cause the magic will continue. Warner Bros. is opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’ll ever get to rubbing your wand against the tri-wizard cup.
The three-hour walking tour will cover 150,000 square feet, including two dedicated soundstages of Warner Bros. Studios in West Hertfordshire, England. “Potterphiles” will get to tour actual sets from the franchise, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room, all the while checking out various artifacts, props, and costumes from the franchise. A Creature Effects workshop will show visitors the animatronics that brought characters like Buckbeack the Hippogriff, Aragog, Fawkes, and the basilisk from Chamber of Secrets. Someone please Avada Kedavra me, pretty please.
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Warner Bros. anounced it’s new three hour “The Making of Harry Potter” walking tour in Leavesden England today. What the hell? The last tour that said it lasted three hours was on a little boat called the “Minnow.” We all know how that turned out.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started on this foggy street,
behind a guy named Chip.
The guide was a mighty winded man,
his tour banter, brave and sure,
fifty geeky tourists walked that day,
for a three hour tour,
a three hour tour,
The weather started getting rough,
the tiny tour got sloshed.
If not for the courage of the fearless guide
the Potters would be lost.
The Potters would be lost.
The tour aground on the floor of this uncharted movie set
the Tour Guide too.
A millionaire and his wife.
a movie star.
the professor and Gonagall
here on Potter’s Set
Tickets go on sale later this year. Potter fans will be able to walk onto sets including headmaster Dumbledore’s office and the 120ft long Great Hall featuring “the tables and benches used in the films”. I’m imagining a lot of tired folks at the hour mark, lots of tired nosiey, smelly kids dragging their parents onward, ever onward. It’s a pretty good deal for Leavesden. They are getting 25,000 sq ft of soundstages, making it the largest studio production facilities in Europe. $161 million dollar make over for the studio which will bring lots of local work to the area.
I don’t know though, as great as the news is for Harry Potter fans there’s still the Universal Studio attraction that is a lot closer. You’d have to be a pretty hardcore fan to make the trip overseas just for that tour. Oi! What am I saying, HP fans have already got their bags packed. They’re such nerds.