While the U.S. was given The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, UK fans were informed that Warner Bros. would be opening a tourist attraction at Leavesden Studios (where all the films were made) which would allow them to visit the actual sets used in the films.
Today Warner Brothers announced that their tour ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ will open in the Spring of 2012.
Here are the details from MuggleNet:
Tickets will go on sale later this year and must be booked in advance via a dedicated website www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or through approved tour operators.
Featuring the authentic sets, costumes, animatronics, props and effects used in the production of all eight Harry Potter movies, the tour will showcase the British artistry, technology and talent that went into bringing this beloved film series to life.
Among a series of never-before-seen exhibits on the three hour long tour, visitors will be able to walk onto some of the most memorable sets from all of the films in the Harry Potter series including the iconic Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and many others to be announced at a later date.
One of the first sets ever to be created for the series, the Great Hall was built in 2000 for the series’ first outing, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Designed by BAFTA-winning production designer Stuart Craig, it is 120ft long by 40ft wide with a solid stone floor and includes the tables and benches used in the films.
Dumbledore’s office, meanwhile, was built for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and is also the home of the Sorting Hat, The Sword of Gryffindor and Dumbledore’s desk which is surrounded by a library of ancient looking books. Adorning the office walls is a myriad of paintings commissioned specifically for the films, including two of Professor Dumbledore himself.
Tickets will go on sale at a date to be announced later this year, but interested guests are encouraged to visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk and register to receive ongoing updates and information on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
While the Warner Bros. Studio Tour will only be focusing on Harry Potter for now, the plan is to incorporate other Warner Bros. films in the future. I guess this means we can expect tours of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films in the future.