Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter Hertfordshire
Warner Bros.Studios Leavesden Arerodrome Way, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR
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Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Art and Design | Television & Film Studio / Set Tours | Walking Tours | Storytelling | Film Making | Cinemas / Film Museums | Educational Tours | Media | English | Business Studies | Themed Attraction
What we offer
The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films - just in case they were ever needed later on in the series.
Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn't have been saved on a typical production.
The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.
Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.
What makes us a great choice?
This exceptional educational programme at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a unique insight into the behind-the-scenes process of the Harry Potter films series. Your students can experience learning in a distinctive environment that will inspire and engage. Lessons meet national curriculum learning objectives and exam board specifications.
You will be lead by qualified teachers and have the opportunity to view up-close the amazing and authentic props, costumes and craft used in the Harry Potter film series.
This walking tour also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world
What is typically included?
The Studio Tour has three sections, J Stage, the Backlot and K Stage. You will enter J Stage through the Lobby. The flow of the Studio Tour is one way.
The guided part of the Studio Tour takes place in the holding room, the cinema and the Great Hall. Once you leave the Great Hall, the Studio Tour is self-guided. There are staff members on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the Studio Tour.
You need to be at Hogwarts staircase at your allocated teaching time, where you will be met by one of our teachers and escorted to the classroom for a lesson that meets national curriculum and exam board specifications.
The lesson will last approximately one hour and once it has finished, you will be escorted back to J Stage to continue the Studio Tour at your leisure.
The lessons are tailored for all different key stages and lessons are focused on 4 different subject areas; English, Film and Media, business and Art and Design.
In J Stage there is a free interactive green screen broomstick experience that you may have to queue for, so please take this into account in your timings. At the end of the green screen experience students will be entitled to a free digital download photograph of their experience. They is also an opportunity to buy a photograph of your experience at a preferential price for school groups, available on request.
There is an outside seated area in the Backlot to have packed lunches with the other visitors.
After the Backlot you will enter K Stage which exits into our Studio Shop, where you will have the opportunity to purchase a wide array of merchandise.
Please arrange meeting points with your students at the three different areas in the Studio Tour to ensure that your group keeps together and you exit the Studio Tour at the same time.
Group Sizes Catered For
For the workshops we can cater for 60 pupils in two groups of 30 for the workshops; due to health and safety we can only allow up to 30 students in the classroom at one time.
There is no limit to group sizes if you are visiting without a workshop
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Pre and post workshop activities can be found online and downloaded for free. All of the lessons and resources are developed and delivered by fully qualified teachers with experience across all key-stages.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Yes, teachers and students can take as many photographs as they like. You are able to film the sets, props and costumes, but not the media that is running inside the Studio Tour.
Risk Assessment Details
Two free pre-visit teacher tickets are available once payment has been received and cleared.
Education Officer Information
Phone: 0203 427 7516
£17.75 for primary (1 free teacher in every 5 students)
£20.50 for secondary (1 free teacher in every 10 students)
First Aid Information
We have a First Aid room located in J Stage and First Aiders on duty throughout the Studio Tour.
There is an outside seated area in the Backlot to have packed lunches with the other visitors. There is also a site specific picnic area outside the attraction, where you can eat your packed lunches before entering the Studio Tour or after you have left. Please advise your students to bring their packed lunches in clear disposable plastic bags, clearly marked with their name and the name of the school.
We also have a studio cafe, Backlot cafe and a studio shop where we have a great range of items under £10 and £5.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
The majority of the Studio Tour is suitable for wheelchairs but some areas can be difficult to navigate, this includes Diagon Alley's cobbled street and the Great Hall's slate floor. The Hogwarts bridge can only be accessed via a short staircase and alternative access cannot be provided because the bridge, as an original set piece, has an uneven surface which is unsuitable for wheelchair users. The Knight Bus also has a short boarding platform which cannot be accessed by wheelchairs.
Our green screen area provides visitors with two fully accessible photo opportunities, including the chance to fly a broomstick as members of the cast would have done during filming. Visitors must be able to transfer themselves on to a broomstick and seatbelts can be provided if required.
Opening Hours & Information
Please check the website for current opening times.