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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.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
LAST CHANCE – 15th Anniversary Celebrations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

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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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Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Videos: Fiona Shaw at Special Preview of Privet Drive at WB Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

The WB Studio Tour Facebook shared a few videos of Fiona Shaw at a special preview event of Privet Drive at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London last night. The Privet Drive set will be open to the public from May 27th – June 6th.

For a limited time only, as part of our celebrations of the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film release, we are offering you the chance to step inside number four, Privet Drive and peer into the Dursleys’ living room. Hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters created by MinaLima, the graphic designers for all eight Harry Potter films, will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace!

Also on display for the first time will be the Dursleys’ costumes which proved to be a rich source of inspiration for Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky. She remembers them being the most fun to dress, creating clothes that appeared out of date and pretentious for Mr and Mrs Dursley, as well as hideous jumpers for young Dudley.

In addition to the opening of number four, Privet Drive, we will be showcasing the equipment that was used to shoot Harry’s Hogwarts letters through the letterbox. The machine, which was specially created for the film by award winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, will be on display in the Studio Tour during the feature between 27th May – 6th June.

A video that was recorded live at the opening my be viewed below:

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Spring Cleaning at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

The first day of Spring has come and gone and it’s Spring Cleaning time at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Creature Effects Artist, Sarita Allison, was found spring cleaning props from the Harry Potter film series at the Warner Bros Studio Tour ahead of the Easter holidays. You can see photos of Sarita at work in the gallery!

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This Easter, a huge surprise is in store for film fans as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London reveals the colossal efforts taken by producers, costume designers and the special effects teams to create Hogwarts’ famous groundskeeper – Rubeus Hagrid. The character who reveals the wizarding world to Harry Potter is celebrated during a special feature where lovers of the film series can understand what went into bringing this half-giant to life on screen.

From March 25th to April 17th 2016, visitors to the Studio Tour will see the costumes worn by Harry’s gargantuan guardian and find out how they turned 6’1” Robbie Coltrane into the half-giant Hagrid. During production two costumes were created for Hagrid, one which was worn by Coltrane and the other which was made 25 per cent larger and used by 6‘10’’ England rugby star Martin Bayfield who appeared as Hagrid in scenes where he needed to be bigger than the setting around him.

We have also been sent a video where Sarita talks about her role on the Harry Potter film series:

The press release from WB also gives some insight into the work that goes into keeping the props looking their best!

Sarita, who was instrumental in creating the hundreds of prosthetic Goblin masks for the Harry Potter film series, has been called in to restore and clean some of the weird and wonderful props such as the intricate Gringott’s Goblin masks and Hagrid’s larger-than-life sized animatronic head. All this is ahead of the three week celebration of Half-Giant Hagrid, a new feature opening in time for Easter and running between 25th March and 17th April 2016.

From re-curling each eyebrow hair to repainting every wrinkle, Sarita painstakingly gave each individual mask the ultimate treatment to ensure they are in top shape ready for the beginning of Easter. Hagrid’s animatronic head received particular special attention with his famous bushy beard preened to perfection.

After beginning her career as a hair and makeup artist, Sarita was personally invited by Nick Dudman, Head of Creature Effects team, to join the 140-strong group of special effects artists working on the Harry Potter film series, that were involved in creating and applying Goblin masks. This meticulous work involved individually punching eyebrow hairs into the masks and creating hairlines, inserting one hair at the time. Sarita later returned to work as part of the team that curated the Harry Potter creations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Goblin facts:

  • Full Goblin head masks were only used for background characters, whereas the hero characters would wear full prosthetic pieces that move with the face, allowing the actor to express more character and personality.
  • It took 140 makeup artists to apply goblin prosthetics to 60 people in order to create the Goblins for the Gringott’s Bank sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 2.
  • From start to finish, a whole Goblin head would take six – seven days to complete.
  • It can take an entire day just to punch eyebrows on to the mask, as each hair is punched through the mask individually and the eyebrow hairs were even pre-curled.
  • The Goblin hairlines were created through a painstaking process of inserting each hair individually.
  • It would take the Creature Effects team two – four days to paint a Goblin mask and it could take up to four hours to fully apply the Goblin prosthetics.
  • Eight full Goblin head masks were created for the first film compared to an incredible 45 for the last film.
Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
WB Studio Tour London Announces Valentine’s Day Event
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced a special event for Valentine’s Day on February 13th and 14th. It’s the next best thing to having a date with Harry (or your chosen character) at Madam Puddifoot’s. A full itinerary of the event may be found on their website.

You are invited to attend a bewitching banquet this February for ‘Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall’. You’ll be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés (including a special Love Potion cocktail), before taking your seats on the authentic Great Hall set.Sitting at individual tables for two decorated with flowers and candles, you and your partner will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner including a starter, main course and assiette of desserts to share. You’ll then 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.

Following a tankard of Butterbeer in the backlot cafe, you will be able to wander up the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley, before arriving at the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model for after-dinner tea, coffee and chocolates. The evening concludes when you return to the Studio Tour lobby to collect your chosen wand.

Tickets are priced at £247.50 each, available to purchase in pairs for £495 from Wednesday 13th January. Booking details to follow.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
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