The Making of Harry Potter is a behind the scenes tour of the Warner Brother's Studio in Leavesden, England. It is a glorious tribute to the creative teams that brought the story of wizardry to life on the big screen. If it weren't for the set designers, musicians, artists, costumers, prop managers, script writers and countless other behind the scenes crew, our beloved Harry Potter stories would never have made it off the pages and into the theater.
The adventure starts as you walk into the lobby.
Once the entry time on your ticket rolls around, you proceed into the line which passes by the cupboard under the stairs.
You enter a large room walled with movie posters on screens. Once enough people are in the room, a movie begins that tells you how the story went from best selling book to screen play. There are no photographs allowed in this room or in the next room, where we watched a video starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson talking about the magic that occurs behind the scenes. They depart though the door to the Great Hall at Hogwarts and the screen lifts to reveal the same door.
|Entering into the Great Hall|
|Detailed mural, similar to those in ancient Great Halls|
|Trelawney and Flitwick|
|Model of Great Hall for adding in animated ceiling|
|Gryffindor Common Room|
|Dumbledore's Telescope (one of the most expensive props created)|
|Goblet of Fire|
|The Burrow (Weasley Abode)|
|Ministry of Magic|
There are multiple train cars set up, each staged for one year at Hogwarts.
|The windows have markings|
|Year One on the train|
|Final Scene Costumes|
|More paper props|
|Number 4, Privet Drive|
|Inside Number 4|
|How the bricks were weathered to create a finished look|
|Potter Home in Godric's Hallow|
|Giant Wizard's Chess Piece|
|Green Screen fun|
|Plans for Gringott's Cart|
"Before the actual set construction began, the Art Department created white card models. These models helped the director and production designer look at size and scale, and determine camera angles. To plan shots and camera movement, filmmakers insert a tiny camera (called a lipstick camera) into the model to get a perfect point of view." - sign in white card room
|White Card model of Hogwarts|
|White Card model of Owlry|
|Filming model used in all the films for exterior shots of Hogwarts|
|Every wand box is handmade and labeled|
|More wand boxes|