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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Releases First Look at Gringotts Bank
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has released a first look at their new Gringotts Bank exhibit. This new part of the tour will open on April 6th. More high-resolution photos of James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Warwick Davis and the Gringotts goblins may be seen in the gallery.

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

Warwick Davis commented: “It’s so exciting to be back inside Gringotts Wizarding Bank after so many years. I spent a lot of time here as Griphook and it’s great to see the Studio Tour bring the original set back to life. I know visitors will love discovering the details of the goblin prosthetics and the Lestrange vault for themselves and there are more exciting additions to be revealed.”

First sneak peek of the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the biggest expansion to date at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open 6th April

The full press release may be read below:

Today Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has offered a sneak peek at its biggest expansion to date, Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
 
From the brass leaf details on the columns to polishing the Sword of Gryffindor, finishing touches are currently taking place to ensure that the wizard’s bank is ready for the official opening on 6th April. Entering this impressive set, visitors are invited to step into the grand banking hall, underneath the magnificent ‘crystal’ chandeliers to discover the secrets behind goblin prosthetics, costumes and so much more. From concept art and prop making to set design and prosthetics, visitors will unlock the filmmaking magic behind the famous wizard’s bank.
 
Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.
 
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.  
 
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.  
 
Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion will be the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.  
 
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter unveils its biggest expansion to date, the original Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be open to the public from Saturday 6th April

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces Gringotts Wizarding Bank As New Feature!
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has just announced that Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be opening this Spring! After teasing for a week on social media they finally revealed that fans will be able to enter Gringotts beginning this April! This is the biggest expansion to date at 16,500sqft!

Opening officially on Saturday 6th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will unveil its largest ever expansion, allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and much more. Book your tickets here! Photos of a Goblin preparing the area for your visit may be viewed in the gallery!

For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as the Studio Tour unveils its biggest expansion to date.
 
From Harry Potter first discovering Diagon Alley to the famous trio escaping on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in their quest for a Horcrux, Gringotts Wizarding Bank played an important role in the Harry Potter film series. On 6th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will unveil a permanent addition allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and so much more.
 
Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.
 
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.
 
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created the for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.
 
Officially opening on Saturday 6th April, the 16,500sqft Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion will be the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.
 
Entrance to the expansion will be included in general admission ticket price.

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Hogwarts In The Snow & Dinner in the Great Hall Returning to WB Studio Tour London
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Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts In The Snow is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year! It will run from Saturday November 17th until Sunday January 27th. Visitors will see sets from the Harry Potter series transformed for festive season, including the Great Hall which will be dressed as it was for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room, the Weasley burrow and the Hogwarts castle model covered in snow.

Dinner in the Great Hall

Also back by popular demand, Dinner in the Great Hall events will be held from 10th-12th December, with the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the festively-decorated Great Hall set. Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾, before guests are able to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours. Tickets are £240 and will go on sale at 10am on September 25th at wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

Photos from last year’s Hogwarts in the Snow and Dinner in the Great Hall events may be seen in our gallery!

From the press release:

Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow. From Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. The Great Hall will be transformed, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.

This festive season also sees the return of the highly anticipated ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ events at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Each night from 10th-12th December, Harry Potter fans can enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the truly magical Great Hall set that will be completely transformed for the festive season. Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾ next to the original Hogwarts Express locomotive and guests will be free to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours. For more details, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. Visitors to the Studio Tour will get a taster of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball.

In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees and the long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.

As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.

The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed with a layer of filmmaking snow. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process will be used at the Studio Tour this November. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price. Tickets to Dinner in the Great Hall will go on sale at 10am on 25th September 2018 and can be purchased from: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

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Hogwarts After Dark Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

Last year’s popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year! They invite brave witches, wizards and Muggles to attend a magical Hallowe’en evening in the Great Hall. The ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ events will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th October from 7:30pm until midnight and are open to over 18s only. Tickets are priced at £240pp and will go on sale on Tuesday 28th August at 10am at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark. Photos from previous events can be seen in the gallery.

Tickets include:

  • Welcome drinks and canapés on arrival
  • Exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour
  • A two-course dinner in the iconic Great Hall set with drinks (special dietary alternatives are available)
  • A selection of dessert bowls served in the Forbidden Forest
  • A taster of Butterbeer in the backlot café
  • Pumpkin-making demonstrations by the Prop Making Department
  • Wand Choreography interactive with Paul Harris
  • Souvenir green screen photograph and Forbidden Forest edition souvenir guidebook

A free cloakroom is available, and this will be open for guests on the night. A complimentary shuttle bus will be running to the event at approx. 6:50pm from Watford Junction and return services will leave the Studio Tour throughout the evening.

For more details, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark

Full details on the event may be read below:

HOGWARTS AFTER DARK EVENTS RETURN TO WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON THIS HALLOWE’EN

Following last year’s incredibly popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is once again inviting brave witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy a magical Hallowe’en evening on the set of the Hogwarts Great Hall on 26th-28th October.

Guests attending ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ will begin their magical evening with smoking dry ice cocktails and canapés before stepping onto the red carpet through the doors of the wizarding school into the Great Hall, which will be completely transformed for Hallowe’en. The Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while the long tables will be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After stepping into the actual Great Hall set that was used for filming, guests will enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and drinks surrounded by the original props and costumes. All before grabbing a lantern and following the spiders into the newly opened Forbidden Forest where dessert will be served in the company of magical creatures such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Aragog the Acromantula.

Throughout the evening, Death Eaters will be roaming the Tour dressed in the original costumes from the film series allowing guests to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks. After dinner, guests are invited to explore the Studio Tour after hours, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen from The Burrow, before meeting members of the Prop Making Department who will be revealing the filmmaking secrets behind the ceiling full of enchanted pumpkins.

The evening continues with the chance to learn wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, in preparation for a live duel with Death Eaters. A refreshing glass of Butterbeer will be provided in the backlot café and guests will then have the opportunity to explore a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters. The evening will conclude with the opportunity to pick up your complimentary Souvenir Guidebook

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Darks Arts Event Returning to WB Studio Tour London; Plus Exclusive Costume Evenings
Posted by Megs

Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November is Dark Arts – an event allowing fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World.

In addition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7th October. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts.

EXPLORE THE DARKNESS OF THE WIZARDING WORLD THIS HALLOWE’EN AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

Embody your favourite Harry Potter character and come dressed for the part at brand-new costume evenings during Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

From Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts a special feature dedicated to the Dark Arts.

New for 2018, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7thOctober. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts. Tickets go on sale at 10am on 14th August and are available from wbstudiotour.co.uk/celebration-of-costume.

Returning this year, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Created by Head Propmaker on all the Harry Potter films, Pierre Bohanna, the pumpkins are modelled on those found in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch inHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are hand-carved by the Prop Making Department so no two are alike. The Great Hall tables will also be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, visitors are invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot.  Demonstrating how a crowd scene like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, visitors will test out their newly learned wand techniques as they are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge.

In addition to this, vats of slimy Troll snot, buckets of dribbling drool (of the three-headed dog variety) and pools of silvery unicorn blood will be showcased in the Tour allowing visitors to get hands-on and see exactly how the slime and goo was created. Visitors will also be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed and the music becomes more foreboding on the wizarding shopping street.

The Studio Tour’s Dark Arts feature will run from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities, including the costume evenings, are included in the ticket price.

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WB Studio Tour London Hosting Harry Potter Quiz Nights in the Great Hall
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Warner Bros Studio Tour London - Harry Potter Quiz Night

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be hosting a series of exclusive Harry Potter Quiz Nights in the Great Hall on 5th, 12th and 19th July, where fans will be able to put their knowledge of the Wizarding World to the test. Guests will begin by exploring the Studio Tour before enjoying a hot meal (Butterbeer included!) in the Backlot Café, before taking their seats for the quiz. Winners will then receive a collection of exclusive Warner Bros. Studio Tour London goodies. Tickets are priced at £65 per person and will be available to purchase from 10am on 5th June, and must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/quiz-night.

The full press release, with more details, is below:

This July, for the first time, Harry Potter fans will be able to test their Wizarding World knowledge in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is launching a series of Harry Potter quiz nights in the authentic set where Harry, Ron and Hermione sat their O.W.L. exams.

Taking place on 5th, 12th and 19th July, guests to these exclusive quiz nights will begin by exploring the Studio Tour during the current Goblet of Fire feature and enjoying a hot meal, drink and Butterbeer in the Backlot Café. After braving the Forbidden Forest and browsing Diagon Alley, teams will take their seats to face off against fellow Harry Potter fans. Rounds of questions will test guests on their knowledge of Magical Artefacts, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Care of Magical Creatures among many others with the chance to win a collection of exclusive Warner Bros. Studio Tour London goodies.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 10am on 5th June and must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/quiznight. Tickets are priced at £65 per person. The package includes entrance to the Studio Tour, a hot meal, drink and Butterbeer in the Backlot Café and access to the Harry Potter quiz in the Great Hall. Teams should be a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12.

A free cloakroom is available, and this will be open for guests on the night. There will also be a shuttle bus running between the Studio Tour and Watford Junction station.

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