Will Harry Potter truly prove to be the boy who lived? First there was Harry, then Bella, now Katniss—and Harry again? That's right, Warner Bros. is hoping to keep Potter alive despite the franchise having (officially) come to a close via The Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. No, this is not another movie; this is a tour of the actual place where many of the scenes were shot.
Hey, we've heard of worse ideas. (And even that mini-exhibition we had in the states was pretty fab.)
The tour opened over the weekend in Leavesden studios in Watford, England, timed to coincide with the start of Easter Break for British school kids. According to Deadline, the powers-that-be are hoping to attract about 5,000 visitors/ day on staggered tours that last about 3 hours each.
As to be expected, the tour begins in a screening room where a short film talks about the making of the movies. Once that’s over, the entrance to the Great Hall, where Hogwarts students and teachers dined daily, is revealed. It also includes two new stages that have been built specially for the tour, stage J and K to be exact. These hold the original sets that were used in all 8 Potter flicks.
Can we all just take a minute to take that in? Pretty fab if you ask us. And, unlike Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, this studio tour is a behind-the-scenes look at how the films were made, not a ride-filled theme park.
Though the ultimate fate of Potter remains to be seen, tickets for the first period have sold well. The majority of the first muggles visitors are expected to be mostly UK residents, but hopefully this group will include more overseas types next year… like, us, for example. We'll start saving now.