Warner Bros Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter is set for some enhancements in 2020 with new events and exhibitions celebrating the Dark Arts, Slytherin house and the props of the ‘Potter’ films.
Introducing the Art Department
14 February–24 February
Responsible for a huge range of props, from Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter to the Daily Prophet and Bertie Bott’s Beans, the Art Department brought the Wizarding World to life on screen with every detail. In the Studio Tour’s Introducing the Art Department feature, visitors are invited to discover the craftmanship and artistry in technical drawings, white card models, concept art and prop-making. During this time, the Studio Tour will welcome the original filmmakers, who will reveal a range of techniques including wand-making demonstrations by the team who handcrafted thousands of wands for the film series.
A Celebration of Slytherin
3 April–6 September
The Studio Tour will shine a spotlight on all things Slytherin, the house known for its ambition, cunning and links to dark magic. For the first time ever, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall dressed to celebrate a Slytherin victory of the House Cup, complete with a grand feast and original banners from the film series suspended from the enchanted ceiling. Throughout the Studio Tour fans will discover secrets behind the costumes and props belonging to the most sinister of Hogwarts houses.
25 September–8 November
The Studio Tour’s popular Dark Arts feature will return for Hallowe’en. The Great Hall ceiling will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins as well as a Hallowe’en feast of lollipops and red apples dressing the long tables. Visitors are invited to try their wand combat moves against Death Eaters in a live duel demonstrating how battle scenes were directed, all before walking down a darker, spookier Diagon Alley.
Hogwarts in the Snow
14 November–17 January 2021
The year will end with the Studio Tour’s magical Hogwarts in the Snow feature. The festive makeover will see the Great Hall undergo a glittering Yule Ball makeover, 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 flakes, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.
For more information and tickets, visit the official studio tour website.