Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - what will I see?

The Making of Harry Potter - a first hand review - is it worth it and what is there?


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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter: what will you see?

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If you are a Harry Potter fan, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is not to be missed.

This page is an overview of what you will see when you arrive at the the Warner Bros. Studio, with tips on visiting and what facilities there are, such as places to eat, gift shops, etc.


Allow plenty of time to travel to the Studio and enough time to enjoy the huge array of sets and props to make sure you make your day a truly magical one to remember!


As a Studio Tour, you will see the real sets used in the Harry Potter films, as well as countless props and special effects. You will spend several hours discovering how the films were made, going ‘behind the scenes’, seeing props, costumes and the amazing sets themselves.

 

In 2019 Warner Bros have just launched their biggest expansion to date - Gringotts Bank.


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The Studio: Harry Potter tickets

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is not a theme park and as such will not feature rides, or experiences of this nature, though there are a few interactive features popular with both children and adults alike.

 

While the Studio Tour is aimed primarily at fans of the Harry Potter film series, if you have an interest in special effects and film sets more generally, there would be plenty to get out of this tour.

 

Harry Potter chess pieces at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Anyone for a game of chess?

The detail you can see in the sets and props on show is awe inspiring and the information on offer as to the process of film making is very instructive. The guides are friendly and helpful and happy to chat if you want a bit of extra information. Some of them were extras from the films themselves so have a bit of insider knowledge.

 

Only the beginning part of the Studio Tour is guided. You will see two short films and then the guide gathers everyone at the doors of the great hall. If you're lucky (like it's your birthday!) you might even be picked to open the doors. After you step into the hall, they will explain a little about this magnificent room; following this you are free to take the rest of the tour at your own pace.

 

Booking tickets for Warner Bros Studio Tour London

This Harry Potter attraction is always very popular. Unfortunately it is not an attraction that you can just arrive at on the day and gain entry. You will need to book your tickets in advance.

 

The further in advance you book your tickets the more choice of dates and times you will have. However, you may find late availability on some dates, so it is always worth checking.

 

The simplest way to visit is with a specialist tour operator. They will take care of transport and tickets for you and you can even watch a Harry Potter film on the bus. Great for kids and adults alike.

 

Use our banner below to book your tickets now. Alternatively you can also visit the Warner Bros Studio independently by public transport.

 

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Where is Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter?

The Warner Bros Studio Tour is not in the centre of London, it is located just outside London. The nearest railway station from London is Watford Junction from where a dedicated shuttle (not free) runs to the studio.

 

For detailed information on how to find the Warner Bros. Studio please see our dedicated page Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - visiting independently 2019


For those visitors staying in Central London, several tour operators offer a dedicated shuttle bus to the studios which include tickets. The tours often have better availability of studio tickets that can be sold out many weeks ahead.


Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter queue

Queuing for tickets

How long will it take me to visit Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter?

Now the Studio has expanded even more, you should allow at least four hours for your visit. Realistically, allowing time for lunch and doing any extras such as Ride a Broomstick (which involve queing time) many people find they stay much longer; six hours is normal.

 

If you have small children you will need to allow for making stops (see below facilities for children).

 

Arriving at Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

If coming by bus, it will take you to just a hundred metres or so from the entrance, and then you are left to walk inside independently.

 

JK Rowling quote Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

JK Rowling quote

There are now more queues for security; if you didn't get your tickets delivered to your home address, you will need to pick them up from the ticket machines and a box office outside, you will need to queue for this.  


You will then need to queue to go through security which incudes a bag check and personal scan. If you are going on an organised tour, your arrival time will allow you about twenty minutes to queue, ready for your pre-booked entry time into the Studio itself.

 

Digital guide hire and souvenir guidebook

If you wish you can hire a Digital Guide, with extra information on the Studio Tour, for around £5 from the desk in the lobby before you go in. You can also purchase a Souvenir Guidebook of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London for around £10, with behind-the-scenes secrets and beautiful photography.

 

Facilities

Lobby Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Bros Studio Tour Lobby

There’s a toilet block in the car park (by the bus stop), and a bigger rest room in the lobby, plus a couple of small toilets in the first half of the tour and more toilets by the Backlot Cafe, halfway round the tour.

 

If you need somewhere to store any small suitcases (or coats and bags) you may have, you can do this free of charge in the lobby cloakroom. Pushchairs are also encouraged to be left here if possible due to the restricted amount of space in the Studio Tour.

 

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the Studio Tour - so you can share your photos as you go (see below for restrictions).

 

Cafes and eating places

If you have any extra spare time before your tour begins, you can grab a drink in the Cafe, which also sells a range of snacks.

Backlot Cafe Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Backlot Cafe: get your Butterbeer here!

 

There are a number of cafes at the Warner Bros. Studio including The Chocolate Frog Cafe at the beginning of your tour, serving indulgent treats such as the specialty hot chocolate and ice cream.

 

There is also the Hub Cafe serving Starbucks drinks and snacks, and the Food Hall which includes breakfast, sandwiches and hot and cold meals, and lots from the bakery.

 

You can bring your own food with you but it must only be eaten in the Backlot area or outside picnic area. The Backlot Cafe is located halfway round the tour and it is here you can sample the ever-popular drink, Butterbeer!

 

Butterbeer is non -alcoholic and has quite a sweet froth to it, with a slight taste of butterscotch. In addition the Backlot also serves hot food – both children’s and adult’s - from a daily specials board, sandwiches and salads, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

 

You can choose to eat and drink inside or out, where there are nice views of the next section of the tour - the Knight Bus, Hogwarts Bridge, Godric's Hollow and Privet Drive.


Photography and video footage

The cinema areas and the green-screen areas are the only parts where you are not allowed to take photographs or video footage. Otherwise, you are free to do so in all other areas of the Studio Tour.

 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London encourages you to share your photos with them on social media and there are signs up around the Studio telling you how to do this.


Accessibility and children

marauders map Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Bros Studio Tour interactive signs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London have done everything they can to make the Studio Tour accessible for wheelchair users. There is a lower window for ticket collection and step free access to the attraction. The Studio Tour itself, including the loos, gift shop and special effects green screen area, is completely accessible.

 

If you have small children or just need a break yourself, there are seats dotted around inside where they can sit and rest if needed. Fold up chairs are available for those who require one if you ask in the lobby. There are also toilets to be found around the Studio Tour.

 

There are some interactive things for younger ones to do but because of the nature of the Studio Tour and the amount of information on offer, it is probably most appropriate for children years eight and up.

 

As you hand your tickets over, if you have any children with you, they will be given a Studio Tour Passport each. In this A5 size booklet kids are able to collect stamps as they wander around the Studio Tour, and even find the Golden Snitch if they follow the clues on each page.

 

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Gift Shop: one of three places to get great souvenirs

Gift shops at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

There are now three gift shops at the Studio Tour. There is the Railway Shop, a train-themed souvenir shop, the Forbidden Forest Shop (selling Forbidden Forest related items), and the main Studio shop located at the exit.

 

At these three you can purchase such Harry Potter merchandise as the books by J.K. Rowling, Hogwarts T-shirts and robes, house jumpers, pens, key rings, postcards, sweets, wands and cuddly toys. Prices range from around £2 for a postcard to around £20 for a cuddly toy.


Interactive opportunities at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

As well as the sets and props there are also a few interactive things you can do at the Studio. For example, at Weasley's Burrow there is plenty to do.

 

There is a wand choreography demonstration (free), featuring a video demonstrating correct wand moves; very popular with the kids as they see themselves perform in front of two mirrors, much like the mirror of ‘Erised.’

Wand Demonstration Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Wand demonstration: free interactive activity

 

If you wish to ‘ride a broomstick’ you can pay extra (check the prices on the board beforehand), to perform in front of a green screen’, on to which a marvellous Hogwarts background is super imposed, and as a memento take home with you your choice of photograph, DVD or HD USB. This attraction is a highlight so it is best to check out the queues and make your timings accordingly. Note, photography is not allowed in this area.

 

Outside you can also have your photo taken in the original Ford Anglia car, like Harry and Ron, and even wobble yourself over Hogwarts Bridge!

 

Throughout there are interactive touch-screen boards which play videos showing the cast and crew, or information about the making of the films, such as the 'Mauruader's Map' board, and around the magnificent Hogwarts Castle.

 

Entering the Studio...

There are several 'holding rooms' before you enter the Studio itself. One you have gone through the lobby area, you queue to enter a small -ish room featuring props and memories on screens of the Harry Potter films, and even Harry’s cupboard under the stairs from Privet Drive - where the Story Begins...

 

Entrance to the Great Hall Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Entrance to Great Hall: anticipation of opening the doors

The main cast of Harry Potter warmly welcome you to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

When you begin your tour you are guided into a large room with cinematography on the walls, and an introduction behind the original motivations for making the films. You will see interviews with the producer and the ‘discoverer’ of Harry Potter, the production consultant, and many others who were there from the beginning.

 

You are then guided into a cinema room, where you take your seat to watch a short film introduced by the three main actors themselves, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. They acknowledge all the hard work of the thousands of people who worked behind the scenes on the famous films and made them become a reality.

 

Step inside the Great Hall at Hogwarts School

Great Hall Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Inside the Great Hall: awe-inspiring

The magic really comes alive as you step in through the doors of the Great Hall, of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As you walk down the real stone floor, you enter the vast hall, with its high ceiling and tall Gothic windows. You can see the long house tables, dressed with individual place settings, all hand created for the films. Around the edges of the hall you will see models dressed in Hogwarts robes, the great fireplace and winged beasts holding the lanterns.

 

At the top of the room is the high table where models of the staff stand; Dumbledore at his Owl Lectern, Professors McGonagall and Snape, in their robes, and a huge Hagrid. Here too is the famous Sorting Hat, sitting at the front, just as it did in the films. After about ten minutes you are told they have to close the doors to allow the next group to come through, but you are free to come back later if you wish.

 

Explore the main Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter at your leisure

Ice Palace sculpture from Goblet of Fire at Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Ice Palace sculpture: Goblet of Fire

You are then free to go at your leisure into the rest of the studios. There is so much to see here it is great to be able to take your time and wander at your own pace. One of the first things you see as you go in is the ‘ice palace’ used in the film The Goblet of Fire, for the Yule Ball.

 

Just beyond you will see the famous gates of Hogwarts, complete with winged boars, based on Il Porcellino, a bronze fountain of a boar, made in the 1630s in Florence, Italy. This is an ideal photo opportunity for you or your children.

 

See the actual sets from the eight Harry Potter films

 

2019 New Gringotts Bank Expansion

Gringotts Bank expansion 2019 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

New for 2019: Gringotts Bank

The exhibition features the magnificent banking hall, with crystal chandeliers and the goblin tellers’ desks as we remember them from the films. The detail extends to piles of Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts. You can even marvel at the painstakingly hand-created prosthetic masks of the goblin bankers.


In addition to the banking hall, you’ll also see the Lestrange vault, including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.


The new exhibition has now officially opened and is included with the normal entry ticket for The Making of Harry Potter

 

Elsewhere in the Studio

In the studios, large sets intermingle with smaller props, all of which took months to create.

 

Snape's Potions classroom Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Snape's Potions classroom

You will see the boys’ dormitory complete with made up beds around the central fire-burner.

 

Snape’s Potions room contains over 950 potions jars, as well as cauldrons ready for mixing on the table, dried herbs and even shrunken heads!

 

At Dumbledore’s Tower there is one of the most expensive set pieces created – the telescope – only used in a background scene. Here you can see mannequins of Dumbledore standing in his robes, and shelves and shelves of books, as well as old magical artefacts, such as the mysterious pensieve.

 

At the Weasley’s Burrow you can wave your hands over various boards, making them ‘magically’ start performing mundane household chores such as chopping carrots, knitting and ironing! This is popular with kids and adults alike. You can see here the Weasley magical clock with its nine golden hands, each pointing to one member of the Weasley family and their whereabouts.

The Weasley's Burrow Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Weasley's Burrow

 

Nearby is Hagrid’s hut with its quirky roof; a cosy indoor scene complete with mannequin of Hagrid, table and chairs, furs, lanterns and cauldron on the fireplace.

 

In the Gryffindor common room, more life size mannequins stand, Ron, Hermione and Harry, and you see the actual chairs by the fire, with real tapestries and portraits (all created from scratch for the films) and the wireless with ‘moving lips.’

 

Around the corner you can view the portrait of the Fat Lady, the Mirror of Erised, and the giant clock pendulum from Hogwarts Clock Tower.

 

If you are interested to see the individual wands for all the characters, a wand dial features all the principle ones, and you can see up close how differently they are all crafted. More than 3000 were made for the films altogether.

 

Magic is Might Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Magic is Might

You will see the area with the set of the Ministry of Magic and the giant Magic is Might monument of muggles being crushed in their rightful place by the statue, from the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

Malfoy’s Manor features the long table with assembled Death Eaters, Voldemort at the head with Nagini the 20 foot long snake, slithering down underneath a suspended model of the victim in the stories.

 

Professor Dolores Umbridge's pink office is on show, complete with all the painted kitten plates you remember from the films.

 

Walk your way (if you dare) through The Forbidden Forest featuring 19 enormous trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet and a full size model of Buckbeak as well as the magnificent Hippogriff and Aragog, the enormous spider.

 

Hogwarts Express Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Hogwarts Express: step inside and see the carriages!

All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Push your trolley through Platform 9 ¾ and step aboard the actual train from the Harry Potter films

Your next part of the tour takes you through to a recreation of Kings Cross Station, with its own ‘Platform 9 ¾’. Here you can pose for a photo, of yourself, pushing the model luggage trolley ‘through’ the wall, just like in the films.

 

The Hogwarts Express is a beautiful red steam engine, the original used in the films, and you can board it! This is a popular attraction, and there is normally a slight queue to board. Once on board, you can walk down the corridor, peering into the compartments complete with student belongings; sweet wrappers from the trolley lady, satchels and an owl cage.

 

Near to the train is the Railway Shop, a train-themed souvenir shop, where you can purchase Harry Potter memorabilia.

 

Knight Bus Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Outside: see Knight Bus, Privet Drive & Hogwarts bridge!

The Knight Bus, Privet Drive, the Hogwarts Bridge, Godric’s Hollow House and the Ford Anglia!

If you sit outside you have a nice view of the outdoor attractions, the Knight Bus, the houses in Privet Drive, Hogwarts Bridge, and Lily and James’ house in Godric’s Hollow, all sitting alongside one another, which you can view from the outside.

 

At the Knight Bus you can go inside the back door and look inside, seeing the shrunken head with dreadlocks from the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

 

The bridge itself is a highlight – you can wander along it yourself and imagine you are walking up to the famous castle. Outside there is the famous large scale chess pieces from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the original Ford Anglia, in which you are free to sit and have your picture taken.

 

Creature Shop Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Creature Shop

The Creature Shop, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

After leaving the courtyard area, you enter the second part of your tour, the Creature Shop, where there are displays of the animatronics used, and waxworks of main cast. Here you can see suspended up high the huge model of Aragog, the giant spider and the basilisk’s head.

 

There is also the animatronic Buckbeak, and Hagrid, masks of the Gringott’s Goblins, models of Dobby and Kreacher, and a moving Monster Book of Monsters.


Your chance to walk down the actual Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter films

Diagon Alley Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Diagon Alley: you'll never forget this walk

Following this is one of the highlights of the Studio, a walk down the actual Diagon Alley! Entering at Gringott’s Bank with all its wonky charm; next door is Ollivanders, the famous shop where Harry gets his first wand. Other shops include Eeylops Owl Emporium, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream shop, Flourish and Blotts Bookseller, and very overtly in its bright colours, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Fred and George’s Joke Shop. This is a lovely set to take photos in.

 

Set designs and paintings from the Harry Potter films

Leading out from Diagon Alley you go through to a room where you can see lots of drawings and blueprints of all the set designs, such as Hagrid’s Hut, the Burrow, Hogsmeade and of course Hogwarts itself.

 

If you like artwork there is a white gallery with lots of beautiful paintings of the characters, with notable scenes from the books.

 

If architecture is of interest, here you will also see amazing scaled models of all the buildings featured in the films; such as Diagon Alley, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Hogsmeade and classrooms in Hogwarts. The models themselves are highly intricate and fascinating to see.


Hogwarts Castle Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Hogwarts Castle: breathtaking

Hogwarts Castle, the original scale model used in the films

When you enter the next room there is, in a quietly blue lit room, a very wonderful scene: Hogwarts Castle, the original large castle used for the films, resplendent on its mountain side, with pine forests surrounding.

 

It is a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts; this is very large and fills a great space, allowing you to walk all the way around it. The lighting is very effective, changing through ‘day-time’ to ‘night-time,’ giving very different perspectives.

 

Every part was detailed so you can see the astronomy tower, the Owlery, the bridge and the courtyard as well as the Great Hall. Around the model castle are many interactive screens – great for kids – giving information on how it was constructed and how it was used in filming.

 

Wand Tribute Room, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Goblet of Fire memento Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Following the Castle room you exit via an impressive Wand Room, a room stacked high with thousands of pretend wand boxes. This is a lovely tribute room where each member of the cast and crew of all eight films has their name inscribed on a wand box. Appropriately, J.K. Rowling herself has a place here.

 

This room leads you back out to the lobby, through the gift shop where you can pick up a memento of your Harry Potter day.

 

And so ends your Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. A very magical day out, with masses of opportunities to learn more about the films at every corner. Like Hogwarts, it might just be somewhere you wish to return to again.


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