With thousands of visitors passing through its doors since it opened up in 2012 and a string of awards to its name, it looks like the Warner Bros. Studio Tour ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ has secured itself a place among London’s top attractions for years to come. From the Potter-emblazoned buses that whisk visitors from central London to the mugs of Butterbeer sold in the on-site café, tours immerse fans in the magical world of Hogwarts, bringing to life the characters and storylines that made Harry Potter the most successful film series of all time.
Thousands of original props, costumes and sets from the movies make up the interactive exhibitions, with iconic sets like the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore's office and Hagrid's Hut all open to explore. Potter enthusiasts can not only snap a picture boarding the famous purple bus to Hogwarts and ride on a broomstick, but can also uncover film-making secrets, with animatronics displays showing how characters like Dobby and Buckbeak the Hippogriff were created and behind-the-scenes videos of the filming process on repeat. There’s even a dramatic 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts, built for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Making of Harry Potter tours are so popular that the most convenient time slots often sell-out, so be sure to book early and leave plenty of time for marveling at the dazzling costumes and shopping for wizard-worthy wares in the gift shop. For a unique experience, there are even special themed events held throughout the year, like the 3-month Christmas extravaganza ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ and appearances from the films’ animal actors.