If you found yourself tearing up at the end of the last Harry Potter movie this summer, fear not, Muggles! For those utterly addicted to the Harry Potter universe and those who simply want to tour a piece of movie-making history, the franchise lives on. Tickets are available beginning October 13, 2011 for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter, at Leavesden, opening in Spring 2012. Tack on an extra day to a London visit and bring your broomstick for this insider’s look.
Over three hours, the sprawling tour will cover 150,000 square feet of props, costumes, and special effects exhibitions from all eight of the movies, alongside the actual sets for the Great Hall, Gryffindor Common Room, and Hagrid’s Hut. Each display will celebrate the primarily British talent that went into creating the franchise, including the three young stars.
The announcement follows Warner Bros.’ purchase of Leavesden Studios in November 2010, making it the first Hollywood studio since the 1940s to have a permanent U.K. base. The Harry Potter Studio tour will create 300 jobs for the community.
A car will get you from central London to Leavesden in 45 minutes. Trains will depart from London’s Euston station for a 20-minute ride to Watford Junction, where buses will take you to the tour.
Tickets must be booked in advance through the official site and are priced at £28 for adults and £21 for children, or about $45 and $34 at current exchange rates.
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