Harry Potter Studio Tour: New Attractions Unveiled as Fans Await Opening

   on December 21 2011 2:36 AM

There is a new Harry Potter set in sight at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, which has finally been unveiled, to the delight of fans of the book and film series.

The attraction - Diagon Alley - was formally opened by Boris Johnson, mayor of London, and will now constitute a part of the Harry Potter tour, which is scheduled to open in March 2012 and will have a further six attractions.

The tour will showcase sets, costumes and other props, used by the characters in the films. The sets include the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Dumbledore's office and the Gryffindor common room, along with the staircase; these will be complemented by Diagon Alley - the commercial street with Ollivander's wand shop and the Gringott's bank.

Fans can now actually drink butter beer, try their wands and broomsticks and explore the magic-filled nooks and crannies of Hogwarts ... all without leaving the country.

After visiting the attraction, Johnson told the Watford Observer the studio where much of the films were shot would be a shrine and place of pilgrimage to the Harry Potter fans. 

The tour is also expected to provide an insight into the making of the films and effort that went into the creation of sets and properties for the blockbusters.

"Diagon Alley"

A sign above a storefront is seen in "Diagon Alley" during a media viewing tour of the set of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden.The Studio Tour will open to members of the public in March 2012. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Storefronts are seen in "Diagon Alley" during a media viewing tour of the set of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden

Storefronts are seen in "Diagon Alley" during a media viewing tour of the set of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, north of London. The Studio Tour will open to members of the public in March 2012. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Creature effects team assembles Aragog

Creature effects team assembles Aragog during a preview tour of The Making of Harry Potter installation at Warner Brothers Studios in Watford, southern England REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Two Ford Anglias used in the Harry Potter films

Two Ford Anglias used in the Harry Potter films are seen during a preview tour of The Making of Harry Potter installation at Warner Brothers Studios in Watford, southern England REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

A green screen is seen inside the pensieve

A green screen is seen inside the pensieve from Dumbledore's office during a preview tour of The Making of Harry Potter installation at Warner Brothers Studios in Watford, southern England REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

London mayor Boris Johnson poses with a magic wand

London mayor Boris Johnson poses with a magic wand during a tour of the set of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, north of London REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

A storefront is seen in "Diagon Alley"

A storefront is seen in "Diagon Alley" during a media viewing tour of the set of the Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden, north of London REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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