Warner Bros. Studio, London is one of the major locations where the Harry Potter films have been filmed. Starting with ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first Harry Potter film in 2000 to Deathly Hallows - Part 2’ in 2010, every Harry Potter movie has been filmed in this Leavesden studio. On completion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Bros. decided to purchase this site and develop it into a permanent attraction dedicated to the world of wizardry. The place was open for public viewing in 2012 and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour– London – The Making of Harry Potter was launched in 2010.
While taking the Harry Potter Studio Tour London, you will be able to see costumes, props and sets from all the eight films of the series. These costumes, props and sets were minutely crafted by hundreds of designers, technicians, and artists to bring alive the magic of Harry Potter’s world. Some of the places In Harry Potter Studio that you must visit while going on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour– London include Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Platform 9 ¾, The Great Hall, and others. You can opt to explore the place for three to seven hours to get an in-depth knowledge of the world of wizardry and feel transported to the world of Wizardry, Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft.
Harry Potter film series fans would be excited to take a look at some of the well-known locations from the movie scenes and will be thrilled to take a look at the props, and costumes worn by the characters of the movie. You must visit the Harry Potter Studio London if you want to feel some of the experiences from the movie. Feel enthralled as you walk into some of the original sets of the movie such as the Diagon Alley, the Great Hall, Platform 9 ¾ and get a chance to hop inside the famous Hogwarts Express, and ride the triple-decker Knight Bus and step into Flying Ford Anglia.
Explore the inside of the Warner Bros. Studio London and find yourself in the midst of the magical world of Harry Potter. Embark on the Harry Potter Studio London tour and walk in the footsteps of the wizards and witches of the series. Get the chance to ride in the Flying Ford Anglia and hop into the triple-decker Knight Bus. While on this tour, you will get acquainted with the behind the scene works of the amazing film series and will be able to take a closer look at the props, costumes and some important locations of the film such as The Great Hall, The Forbidden Forest, Platform 9 ¾ and others.
One of the star attractions of the Warner Bros. Studio London tour is the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, spreading across 6500 sq. ft. This is where you will find over 38,000 pieces of prop treasures along with Helga Hufflepuff’s cup, Sword of Gryffindor, in the Lestrange vault. You will also be able to take a look at the prosthetics and costumes that were worn by Griphook and Bogrod along with the 210,000 coins that were created for the Deathly Hallows films.
The very first shot ever filmed for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the very last shot of the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 had the Hogwarts Express in its backdrop. And you will get to see a life-like version of this very train at Platform 9 ¾ of Harry Potter Studio London. Feel excited about getting the opportunity to explore the exterior and interior of the Hogwarts Express closely. A carriage of the train was built on the set to shoot the scenes which had taken place inside the train.
Walk inside the Diagon Alley of the Harry Potter Studio London, which was redone for shooting a few scenes of Hogsmeade Village for Harry Potter as well as for the movie the Prisoner of Azkaban. You will find the bustling streets to be the one-stop location for all witch or wizard essential needs. The cobbled stone street is dotted with shops selling wands, potion ingredients, books, robes and more. A few favorites where you can take a look are the Ollivander’s, where you can get your own wand, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes for you to pick up funny jokes and Flourish and Blotts.
Step into the magical world of Harry Potter at Magical Mischief, one of the places In Harry Potter Studio where you will come to know some of the tricks of filmmaking. You will be delighted to know the behind the scene works of some famous scenes such as the disappearing scene with the invisibility cloak, the famous Weasley prank during the O.W.L.s exam at the Great Hall, and others. The attraction is open for viewing from 22nd January to 1st May.
Christmas is a magical time at Hogwarts and you will be able to witness the stunning decorations in Harry Potter Studio London. Starting from 12th November 2022, you will also be able to get the Snow experience and will be reminded of the scenes from the movie. Feel yourself being a part of the iconic Yule Ball Scene as you conclude your year 2022 at the Yule Ball for Hogwarts in the Snow. The Gryffindor common room will be decorated at that time to give you the essence of stepping into the Winter fairyland of Hogwarts with the Forbidden Forest, the Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts castle model all covered with snow. Be there before 15th January 2023 to be able to experience this winter wonderland.
Feel excited as you walk into the Great Hall of the Harry Potter Studio London, which has been a pivotal location for 7 of the 8 films in the series. This is the hall which will remind you of some unforgettable memories of Harry Potter’s journey. You will remember the Yule Ball, the Halloween feasts, the Sorting Ceremony and many more while walking through the sets. Take a look at some of the exciting props such as Professor Dumbledore’s Lectern, the House Points Counter, the teacher’s table and costumes from students belonging to each Hogwarts house. If you are visiting during Christmas, you will find a festive spirit in the hall with a special two-course Christmas feast for you to attend.
The magical creatures such as the hippogriffs, unicorns and centaurs of the Harry Potter Studio London live in the Forbidden Forest. So, to take a look at the dozen of these creatures, you will need to visit this patch of untamed forest which is mostly cared for by Rubeus Hagrid. You will find his hut at the edge of the forest with 19 trees having a diameter of over 12 feet each. This is the set which had featured in the first, second and also final installment of the series. The Forbidden Forest has its own shop where you will be able to purchase forest-themed souvenirs, such as Aragog-themed pillows, Peppermint Toads and others.
It's now time to visit the very place where the life-like version of Hogwarts Express is waiting for you. Welcome to Platform 9 ¾ of Harry Potter Studio London! This is the very platform which has taken thousands of witches and wizards from the muggle world to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While several Platform 9 ¾ scenes were shot at King's Cross Station, the well-known platform was recreated at Leavesden for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. You will find the set to be complete with elements of the real King’s Cross Station such as the train track, the clock, the brink walls and other design elements.
An exciting attraction of the Harry Potter Studio London which will soon be open to the public from 23rd September is the Dark Arts. Visit during Halloween and get the Dark Arts experience at the studio as you find yourself in the darker Platform 9 ¾, and get a spooky feeling at the Great Hall and Diagon Alley while following the Dark Mark trail. As you suddenly find yourself involved in duels against the Death Eaters, you will know that only your wand can help you combat the moves. Be sure to visit Dark Arts before 6th November 2022 as it will close down after that.
Location: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.
Timing: Everyday: 8:30 AM to 10 PM; Last admission at 6:30 PM; Closed on March 30, November 7 to 11, and December 25 and 26.
Best Time To Visit: Weekdays are the best if you want to avoid the crowds of this popular attraction. Also, you will encounter a comparatively less crowd if you are visiting in the summer season from June to September. If crowds do not bother you, visit during Christmas to feel the magical experience owing to the beautiful decoration and festive ambience.