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Tom Felton Visits the Brand-New Greenhouse Feature at WB Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

We posted back in April that Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse would be opening at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this July. Today we have some photos of Tom Felton checking out the new space – and some mandrakes! Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July 2022 through 12th September 2022.

Today Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, came face-to-face with a shrieking mandrake plant as he revealed Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse for the very first time. The new expansion opens at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter on July 1st, and is part of a brand new feature titled ‘Mandrakes and Magical Creatures’.

Brand-new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse – a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.

Just like his on-screen character, Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton held up a mandrake plant and heard its famous shrieking. He was able to experience the iconic greenhouse setting from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for the first time since filming over 20 years ago. Felton looked up at the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling inside the greenhouse, as well as the dragon sculptures decorating the outside.

During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated, however, the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.

The humanoid-looking mandrake plants may look scary, but they had a very important purpose in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. When the Chamber of Secrets was opened for a second time, many students ended up petrified by the Basilisk, a legendary giant reptile. Professor Sprout was given the task of growing her Mandrakes to full-size, so that they could be cut up and stewed for a Mandrake Restorative Draught.

The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will open as part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will open on 1st July and run until 12th September 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.

In addition to the exciting addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.

Credit: Tom Felton unveils Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, part of the new Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature opening at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London 1st July

You can also watch Tom give a tour of the new space on the WB Studio Tour Instagram!

Filed Under: Tom Felton, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Harry Potter Studio Tour Announces ‘Mandrakes and Magical Creatures’ Feature
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced a brand new feature coming to the experience this Summer – Mandrakes and Magical Creatures. The herbology greenhouse is making it’s studio tour debut for fans to learn all about the magical creatures from Hogwarts Herbology classes. It will a permanent fixture for the tour beginning on July 1st.

Various magical creatures will be sprinkled throughout the tour and fans will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life. This Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July – 12th September 2022.

In addition to the Herbology greenhouse, the model of The Burrow will also be on display to show fans how the filmmakers did external shots of the Weasley home. Fans will also be able to enjoy the Frog Choir in the Great Hall.

The full press release with more details may be read below.

Brand-new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse for the very first time. The greenhouse is a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.

Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, visitors will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as they walk through the greenhouse. During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated however, the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.

The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will open as part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will open on 1st July 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.

Keen-eyed fans should be on the lookout for their favourite magical creatures as they explore the Studio Tour, as Cornish Pixies, Dumbledore’s beloved Fawkes and the animatronic Monster Book of Monsters can be spotted during their visit. In addition, fans of filmmaking will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life using a mixture of scale models and CGI in the Creatures Workshop.

In addition to the exciting addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.

The scale-model of The Burrow is an exciting addition to the Studio Tour’s backlot area as film-making fans will learn the camera trickery behind the external scenes of the family home, seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. During production, The Burrow took filmmakers 14 weeks to build but only six minutes to burn down in the iconic scene where the Death Eaters set the home ablaze.

Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July – 12th September 2022.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Great Hall next February
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is bringing back their special Valentine’s Day dinner for 2022. Whisk your loved one away for a magical night to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Hogwarts’ Great Hall set. Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall returns on 11th, 12th and 13th February 2022 for £495 per table of two.

Full details below:

After dinner, guests will be given exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour with the chance to see sets such as Dumbledore’s office, the Forbidden Forest and Platform 9 ¾ which features the original Hogwarts Express locomotive, before enjoying a Butterbeer in the backlot café.

Couples will discover the grandeur of Gringotts Wizarding Bank and wander up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley before arriving at the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Guests will finish the evening by taking home a wand of their choice

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Thursday 16th December or at 10am on Tuesday 14th December for Harry Potter Fan Club Gold subscribers here – www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/valentines. Carer tickets will be available by calling 0800 640 4550 once tickets go on sale.

The Studio Tour’s Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall events will take place on Friday 11th February, Saturday 12th February and Sunday 13th February from 6:45pm until 11.30pm and are open to over 18s only. Guests will be seated at individual tables of two keeping a safe social distance and tickets are priced at £495 per table for two including VAT**. 

*Vegetarian and vegan options will be available and other dietary requirements can also be catered for (guests will be asked to provide this information during the booking process).

**Tickets are only available in pairs and couples will be seated at individual tables of two.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Magical Mischief & More Announced for WB Studio Tour London’s 2022 Lineup of Events
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has announced some of its 2022 special events and activities including the brand new “Magical Mischief” event from January through May. Full details on this new feature are below:

Magical Mischief

Saturday 22nd January – Sunday 1st May 2022

Brand new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is set to reveal the filmmaking trickery behind the Harry Potter film series as it shines a spotlight on magical pranks and mishaps in the new feature, Magical Mischief

Visitors to the Studio Tour will learn how their favourite mischievous moments from the films were brought to the screen in this exciting feature. Entering the Great Hall, fans will recognise the set dressed for a Weasley prank on the peaceful O.W.L.s exam, complete with the swinging pendulum under the watchful eye of Dolores Umbridge. From the fan-favourite scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the infamous pink two-piece costume of Dolores Umbridge will be centre stage and visitors should look above to see the playful Weasley twins’ costumes on their broomsticks suspended from the Great Hall ceiling.

Demonstrations throughout the Studio Tour during this feature include how clever camera trickery created the disappearing effect of the invisibility cloak and visitors will also be able to get hands on to make their own origami howler, just like the one Mrs Weasley delivered to her son in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The Studio Tour will be highlighting the magical mishaps that happen throughout the films including how the SFX Team created the infamous fireplace letter scene inside 4 Privet Drive and Fred and George Weasley’s accidental beards and burned costumes after they put their names into the Goblet of Fire, created by the Creature Effects Team. Eagle-eyed visitors will spot a number of pesky Cornish Pixies on the loose around the Studio Tour and are invited to find them all and collect stamps as part of their Marauder’s Map activity passport.

Fan favorites Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow are also returning for 2022 and early 2023.

Dark Arts

Friday 23rd September – Sunday 6th November

The Studio Tour’s popular Dark Arts feature will return for Hallowe’en in 2022 with the Great Hall ceiling decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins as well as a spooky feast of lollipops and red apples dressed along the tables. Visitors are invited to follow the Dark Mark trail, try their wand combat moves against Death Eaters in a live duel as they storm the Studio Tour, all before walking down a darker Platform 9 ¾ and a spookier Diagon Alley.

Hogwarts in the Snow

Saturday 12th November – Sunday 15th January 2023

2022 will conclude with the return of the Yule Ball for Hogwarts in the Snow, running from Saturday 12th November – Sunday 15th January 2023. The festive makeover will see the Great Hall transformed with the icy silvers of the iconic Yule Ball scenes. The Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will cover the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and the magnificent Hogwarts castle model.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Special Screenings at WB Studio Tour London for 20th Anniversary
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by holding special screenings of the film in November. The film had it’s world premiere on November 4th 2001 and it’s official opening was November 16th 2001 in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Screenings in the Great Hall

19th – 22nd November 2021

After 20 years, relive the magic where it all began as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites guests to take a seat in the Great Hall of Hogwarts for a showing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Each evening from Friday 19th – Monday 22nd November, fans are invited to explore the authentic sets, props and costumes of the Studio Tour and stop for a refreshing Butterbeer before returning to the Great Hall after-hours. Visitors will step in to the festively decorated Great Hall and take a seat on comfy Hogwarts-house themed bean bags to enjoy the film with a drink and snack from the Honeydukes Trolley!

The screening on Monday 22nd November will be adapted for visitors on the autism spectrum and for those with other sensory needs.

Tickets will go on sale on the 30th of September at 10am. Tickets include:

  • Non – exclusive Studio Tour entrance ticket (From 2.00pm)
  • Exclusive ‘Summer Screenings’ ticket to watch Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone in the Great Hall
  • Butterbeer tankard OR Butterbeer ice cream taster
  • One hot meal from The Hub or Backlot Café
  • One drink of wine / beer / soft from The Hub or Backlot Café
  • One ‘movie treat’ from the Honeydukes trolley
Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter Set to Reopen in May
Posted by Megs

After multiple closures the past year and a half, the most recent being in December, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter will be reopening it’s doors for visitors! Fans wishing to visit can start booking their tickets today and visit from May 17th through December 2021.

Visitors to the Studio Tour can enjoy the limited feature “A Celebration of Slytherin,” fly a broomstick over London, and still grab a refreshing glass of Butterbeer during their visit. An addition has also been made to the Slytherin feature – a 25ft section of the Slytherin Common Room was built during the closure.

The Studio Tour has also undergone a specialised clean to ensure that every set, costume and enchanting prop is spic and span, ready to astound fans.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is set to reopen to visitors on Monday 17th May for the first time since its closure in December 2020. Due to popular demand, visitors are welcomed back to the Celebration of Slytherin feature which first ran last year. For those who missed it, visitors will enter through the Great Hall doors to be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, in reference to the final scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A number of original costumes belonging to Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards are also on display including those of Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort.

Geoff Spooner, SVP and General Manager at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London said ‘’we are extremely excited to be welcoming visitors back to the Studio Tour next week. The measures we have in place ensure visitors will have both a safe and magical experience as they walk in the footsteps of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter films to life.’’

The Studio Tour will reopen with a range of safety measures in place including reduced capacity, regular enhanced cleaning and requiring all visitors to wear a face mask or covering, unless seated in a café or restaurant. Following government guidance, all visitors aged 16 and over must display proof of NHS Test & Trace Venue Check In on arrival or pre-register their details with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Further details will be provided to visitors with a booking in their pre-visit email and are also available to view here –www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/covid-19.

Step on to the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, drink a Butterbeer in the Backlot café or enjoy one of the SFX experiences the Studio Tour has to offer. Tickets are now available to purchase for visits until December 2021 via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
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