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Discover the Secrets of Dobby at WB Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen. Directing Dobby will run at the Studio Tour from Saturday 4th February – Friday 31st March 2017.

This new year, visitors are invited to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches a special feature dedicated entirely to Dobby. Introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby was predominantly a CGI character, filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized intricately detailed physical model.

During filming, an incredibly detailed model of Dobby was created so the cast would know exactly where to look when shooting scenes with the CGI character. Created by Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer Nick Dudman and his team, each detail on the model was hand-painted right down to the veins in his eyes.  As part of the feature, this model of Dobby will be freed from his current display to take centre stage at the Studio Tour allowing visitors to see these details up close.

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at the Studio Tour. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen.

Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot Dobby in the window of Harry’s childhood home number four, Privet Drive. The Muggle home will be reopened for the occasion allowing visitors to peek into the Dursleys’ living room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a new way this year? Look no further than Warner Bros. Studio Tour London‘s special Valetine’s Dinner. Choose February 11th or 12th and enjoy a romantic dinner for two in The Great Hall. Read on for full details.

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Valentine’s Dinner on the iconic set returns to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter on 11th and 12th February.

Couples are invited to spend Valentine’s weekend somewhere truly magical next February as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London hosts a romantic banquet in the iconic Great Hall. On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, guests attending the Studio Tour’s ‘Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall’ will be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés, including a special ‘Love Potion’ cocktail, before taking their seats at individual tables for two on the authentic Great Hall set.

The Great Hall has served as the location for many memorable moments from the film series, including the Yule Ball dance scenes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Unusually for the film industry, the set has stood the test of time and is now dressed with the iconic long tables as well as a selection of costumes and props used during production such as the House Point Counter and Dumbledore’s lectern.

Sitting at tables for two, guests will enjoy a candle-lit three-course dinner including a starter, main course and assiette of desserts to share*. During the meal, couples will receive their first memento of the evening as a complimentary photo is taken at their table.

After dinner, guests will be given exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour with the chance to see sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s office, the Weasley kitchen at The Burrow and the Malfoy Manor dining table before enjoying a drink on Platform 9 3/4. Featuring the original Hogwarts Express locomotive, the platform also includes the costumes of film couples Harry and Ginny and Ron and Hermione from the series’ concluding scene set 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts.

Following a tankard of Butterbeer in the backlot café, couples will be able to wander up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley before arriving at the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model. After-dinner tea, coffee and petit fours will be served overlooking the majestic model.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
What’s On in 2017 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour has a variety of features appearing in 2017, including Directing Dobby, Dining in the Great Hall for Valentine’s Day, Wizarding Wardrobes, Dark Arts, Hogwarts in the Snow. Alongside all the fantastic features appearing in the tour they will also be announcing some very exciting news around the Easter months. Details on the events are as follows:

Directing Dobby
4th February- 31st March
Visitors are invited to discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveils a special feature dedicated to Dobby. Filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized, intricately detailed, physical model, both of which will be on display for the special feature. Visitors will also be able to make Dobby copy their movements in a new interactive experience that demonstrates the motion capture technology used to bring CGI characters to life on screen.

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Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall
11th & 12th February
Couples are invited to spend Valentine’s weekend somewhere truly magical next February as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London hosts a romantic banquet in the iconic Great Hall on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February. Full press release below.

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Wizarding Wardrobes
21st July- 4th September
Thousands of costumes were created during the ten years of filming, from Hogwarts school robes and Hermione’s beautiful Yule Ball gown to ghost costumes that could appear transparent via visual effects. During this special feature, visitors will discover the incredible craftsmanship and artistry that went into creating the visual world of Harry Potter, as the Studio Tour showcases some of the best never-before-seen costumes from the magical film series. Visitors will be able to see the whole process from initial designs to the finished costume, as well as learning how new clothes were made to look centuries old or battle-torn through the art of costume distressing.

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Dark Arts
27th October – 6th November
For a limited time only, visitors will get the chance to delve deeper than ever before into the sinister world of Dark Arts. Visitors can try out their wand combat techniques against a Death Eater or walk down a darker, spookier Diagon Alley. As part of the feature, the lights in the wizarding shopping street will be dimmed, the music will become more foreboding and the set will be patrolled by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s followers.

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Hogwarts in the Snow
18th November- 4th February 2018
2017 will conclude with the return of the Studio Tour’s popular festive feature, Hogwarts in the Snow, running from 18th November – 4th February 2018. The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. 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.

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Hogwarts in the Snow Returning to WB Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

This winter, Hogwarts in the Snow will be returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London due to popular demand! Across the festive season Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017 – fans are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, 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 – all for the Hogwarts in the Snow feature. As always, tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

Christmas feature will run from Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017

This festive season, Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts 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 19th November – 29th January, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, 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.

After stepping onto the original stone floor of the iconic Great Hall, visitors will spot wreaths, garlands and trees decked with golden baubles that are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. 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 flaming Christmas puddings.

The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made 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. Visitors will also see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak and, for the first time, Madame Maxime’s costume from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed for the occasion by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who worked on the Harry Potter film series. 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 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

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LAST CHANCE – 15th Anniversary Celebrations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
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This winter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are giving Harry Potter fans a final chance to experience The Philosopher’s Stone Fifteenth Anniversary Celebrations.  From Saturday 15th October to Friday 4th November, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be given a last chance to see the original Sorting Hat and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set of number four, Privet Drive is re-opened. With many more features showcasing the best of the year so far, this is an opportunity not to be missed! You can purchase your tickets to the studio tour here.

Between 15th October and 4th November, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is giving fans a final opportunity to see the best of the year so far. The Studio Tour is bringing back the favourite props and costumes as voted for by fans on social media. The favourites will be returned to the Tour as a special feature to celebrate 15 years since the cinematic release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fans voted in their thousands to bring back a favourite from this year’s half-giant Hagrid feature; Hagrid’s deconstructed costume. This specially designed version of Hagrid’s costume even incorporated a cooling system to help body double Martin Bayfield cope with the heat during long days of filming.  Visitors will see the tubes which were hand-stitched into the fabric that had cold water running through them to bring down the temperature.

Our interactive special effects ‘UP’ broomstick was also chosen by fans. Visitors will be able to stand next to the broomstick, shout ‘UP’ just like a Hogwarts student, and watch the broomstick fly into their hands.

In addition, the iconic Great Hall set, as seen in all but one of the Harry Potter films, will be dressed for the occasion with a section of its long tables laden with a Hallowe’en feast including red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot the costume of Defence against the Dark Arts Professor Quirrell. Voldemort’s face was digitally added to the back of Quirrell’s head and a model of this can be found in the Creature Effects area.

This will also be the last chance for visitors to see the original Sorting Hat and stool in the Great Hall and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set of number four, Privet Drive is re-opened especially for the Studio Tour’s 15th anniversary celebrations of Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
WB Studio Tour Announces Special Screenings of Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has announced 3 screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. These special screenings will take place at 4pm on November 18th, 19th and 20th. As well as being able to watch the film, tickets also include food and drink in the Backlot Café, treats for during the film, a special welcome from prop master Pierre Bohanna, and more.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screening at Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Tickets for the screenings cost £145pp (purchase here on Thursday) and the package includes:

  • Studio Tour with specially created souvenir ticket
  • Butterbeer served in a souvenir tankard
  • Choice of hot food and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink in the Backlot Cafe
  • Complimentary souvenir green screen photograph
  • Ticket to screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in the cinema
  • A bag of sweets or popcorn to enjoy in the cinema
  • Choice of wine, beer, hot or soft drink in the Studio Lobby to enjoy in the cinema
  • Souvenir guidebook
  • Return shuttle to Watford Junction Station

Screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will take place at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London on the 18th, 19th and 20th November 2016 from 4pm. Tickets are priced at £145pp and are available to purchase from 10am Thursday. Book via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

The full press release may be read below:

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