London – The story of Harry Potter came to life when the seven unforgettable books were brought to the big screen. The books captured the hearts of many and made a huge impact on the film industry. In 2012, Warner Bros Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter opened to the public.
Angelique, an employee of the Warner Bros Studio Tour from France, said, “The films have impacted many people from all generations.”
People became fans of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter book series first. The books were so popular that Warner Brothers decided to make these powerful books into blockbusters. The great thing about the Harry Potter franchise is people of all ages could enjoy it.
Bonnie, an employee of the studio tour from England, said, “Harry Potter touched a lot of people, and many consider it to be home.”
Fans visit the studio from all over the world in order to experience the magic of Harry Potter. The tour allows for visitors to have an experience of a lifetime. The tour features much of the actual sets that were used in the making of the movies. The great hall of Hogwarts, the forbidden forest, Hagrid’s hut, and even the home where Harry Potter grew up can be found inside the studio tour.
Jessica from China said, “My favorite movie set to see in person was The Great Hall.”
Not many people realize that this is the exact location where much of the production took place. It is the chance for fans to see what it was like behind the scenes. This is where the famous actors and actresses would come to work.
Megan Murphy, a visitor from Rancho Cucamonga, California, said, “I am excited to see all of the sets, and to pay attention to all the background stuff that normally people wouldn’t pay much attention to.”
Bonnie said the studio tour provides everything from behind the scenes insight to hands on activities. Visitors are able to see real sets that were featured in the eight films, costumes worn by the characters, props, and even decorations. The most popular among the children are the interactions with the broomsticks. There are opportunities for visitors to board the Hogwarts Express as well as take a picture with the knight bus.
Bonnie said, “When people enter the tour, it is like entering the story of Harry Potter and his friends.”
The tour has café’s that visitors can grab a bite to eat, or just have a beverage. The actual tour can last three hours or 10 hours if you explore every inch of the place, so this is the perfect opportunity to catch a breath. Of course, there is a place where visitors can grab a famous butterbeer or butterbeer flavored ice cream during the tour. There are also plenty of gift shops where guests can find everything from wands to a fan’s favorite house’s uniform. There is apparel and accessories galore for Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor.
In order to create magic on-screen, there had to be special effects. The studio tour allows visitors to view how a quidditch match was actually played and how they brought those unique creatures to life. This tour is truly a magical experience.
Murphy said, “I grew up as a Harry Potter nerd, so this is kind of a dream.”