Ever wanted to visit Hogwarts? Soon you can! Coming in Spring 2012 is the opening of an exclusive look of the actual film sets used during for the Harry Potter franchise.
Warner Brothers announced that tickets for what is called "Studio Tour London--The Making of Harry Potter" will go on sale this fall. Adult tickets will run for approximately $45 US dollars and children's tickets--$34 US dollars. For this prices, fans will be able to step into the world of Hogwarts with exhibitions on visual effects and animatronics used to bring the space alive. Secrets to special effects on making Aragog the giant spider and Buckbeak the Hippogriff and others creatures will be revealed in a special "creature effects" workshop. They will also get to witness the full scale original sets, fine details in costumes, props, and construction that added to the reality of the magical environment.
"The sets all have tiny little details that you may not always notice in the films but when you actually walk through them, you can see all the work that's gone into it. It's really amazing," Rupert Grint, who played "Ron," said.
Highlights of the tour include Hogwart's Great Wall, the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid's hut, and Dumbledore's office. The Great Wall stands 120ft long by 40ft wide and was designed by BAFTA-winning production designer Stuart Craig. It was built in 2000 for the first Harry Potter film. Dumbledore's office as built for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second film. It houses the Sorting Hat, The Sword of Gryffindor and Dumbledore's desk.
The tour will be housed in Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire, UK. "The tour promises to be one of the most exciting and memorable visitor attractions anywhere in Europe, delivering an experience never before seen by the general public," Dan Dark, SVP & Managing Director of Warner Bros Studios Leavesden said.The location of the tour spreads over 150,000 square feet of studio space and the tour is about 3 hours long!
"It was such a magical place to grow up. People will be amazed to see the incredible environment we've worked in all these years," Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as "Harry," commented.
"For ten years the Harry Potter film series has showcased the very best in British filmmaking," Sarah Roots, vice president of Warner Bros Studio Tour London, said. "We are thrilled that fans will soon be able to experience the award-winning artistry and talent that lovingly went into producing the actual sets, props, costumes and special effects of this record-breaking film series."
Many are excited for this incredible experience to walk into Hogwarts and experience the world of Harry Potter for real. Tickets for the "Studio Tour London--The Making of Harry Potter" tour go on sale Oct. 13.
Below is the trailer for the event.