The Making of Harry Potter

Special event at Hollywood Studios dedicated to the Dark Arts

//Por Ana Carolina Aguiar - Thursday, 07 de September de 2017 às 18:23

To celebrate Halloween, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, located at Leavesden Studios, will present a new special event, between October 1st and November 12th, dedicated to the Dark Arts. The Great Hall will be decorated for a Halloween banquet, with over 100 floating pumpkins, tables decorated with red apples, pumpkins and lollipop cauldrons.

Visitants will also be able to participate in a class with Paul Harris, who choreographed the wand movements in the movies, where you will learn to duel and then put your learnings in action against Death Eaters during a demonstration of how one of the scenes of the Battle of Hogwarts was filmed. There will be an exhibition of the original Death Eaters costumes.

All kinds of goo and fake blood will be available to the visitants, who will learn the process of making all kinds of things, from the drool of the giant dog to the blood of a unicorn.

Besides that, the Studio Tour will also be preparing for the “Hogwarts after dark” event, where visitants, during only two nights (28th and 29th of October) will be able to have dinner at the Great Hall before going after spiders in the Forbidden Forest, where dessert will be served.

Situated at the same studios that served as base of production and where all eight Harry Potter movies were filmed, as well as Fantastic Beasts, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter is near London. Tickets must be acquired previously through the website and cannot be purchased at the studio.

News Written by Rodrigo Cavalheiro
Translated by Ana Vanzetta
Reviewd by Nuara Costa

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Warner Bros Studio Tour reveals facts and stats about costumes of Harry Potter saga

//Por Ana Carolina Aguiar - Sunday, 18 de June de 2017 às 20:20

This wednesday, the 15th, Warner Bros. Studios Tour announces a special six week feature dedicated to the costumes, hair and make-up effects, the ‘Wizarding Wardorbes’. In their way to promove this event, they also release some facts and stats about the process of creating the visual identity of beloved characters.

To see who are these characters and their costumes, keep reading this post.

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British Transport Police warns Harry Potter fans

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Tuesday, 23 de May de 2017 às 06:00

This weekend, the British Transport Police send out an alert to Harry Potter fans visiting the Glenfinnan viaduct, known as the scenery for many Hogwarts Express scenes. The viaduct, part of the West Highland Line in the Scottish Highlands is trespassed by fans seeking good photos of the iconic location.

Sgt Kevin Lawrence said:

Alarmingly, visitors often get off the train at Glenfinnan and walk back along the line to take photographs. This is extremely dangerous. The scenic, rural area also attracts many bikers and other tourists also travelling by road to see the viaduct.
When they are caught up in the excitement of their trip, people may not realise that what they are doing is trespassing on the railway, risking the lives of themselves and other people who could be travelling on trains passing through.

He also explained that because of this problem, more fences had to be put and signage was improved to indicate safe vantage points for photos that don’t access the lines.

Despite the many warnings and stories of people who lost their lives, last year saw a rising of the number of trespassing cases by 16%. The cases also show that younger people are more prone to risk their lifes on the tracks, with seasonal peaks in incidents coinciding with the spring and summer school holidays.

Much as we love Harry Potter, I would like to remind everyone that we are mere Muggles, and if you trespass on the railway and are struck by a train, the consequences could be extremely serious and probably fatal.
People need to be aware of the immense danger they are putting themselves in by trespassing on the railway line. One slip, one stumble, one fast moving quiet train, and your life could be gone in a flash. Trespass is not worth the risk.

During the months of May and October, visitors can travel through the rout between Fort William and Mallaig, the same where the scenes of the Hogwarts Express were filmed on a steam locomotive similar to the wizarding train. The service comes from the West Coast Railways, the same company who provided the locomotive repurposed as the Express for the movies and can be seen at the Leavesden studios as part of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

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First look of Forbidden Forest at Studio Tour London

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Friday, 10 de March de 2017 às 23:47

The actors Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and James & Oliver Phelps (Fred & George) presented, last Thursday, 9, a sneak peek of the new Forbidden Forest expansion at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

The Forest is receiving the last details to ensure everything will be ready for the opening on March 31. Getting into the incredible Hogwarts Gates, visitors will explore the deep inside the forest, with enormous trees, and walk beneath giant entwined roots.

Evanna Lynch said:

“It’s so exciting to step in to the Forbidden Forest again; Production Designer Stuart Craig has perfectly recreated the mysterious and sometimes menacing atmosphere we all felt during filming in the ‘off-limits’ location. Being inside the forest surrounded by magical creatures always felt like a safe place for my character, Luna, so it’s amazing to be back.”

The Forbiden Forest is a home for several creatures and well known by Hagrid, the beloved professor of Care of Magical Creatures. One of his costumes will be displayed, with a lantern on his hand, to welcome the visitors at the Hogwarts Gates. The visitors will be able to control the weather using the same techniques used during the films.

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Among the trees, the visitors will meet a full-size Buckbeak and be able to bow to it. They will see details and tecniques used to create the Hippogriff very closely. Entering deeper in the forest, the visitors will be face-to-face with Aragog. It will show up from its cave and appear before the visitors, with its family.

Sarah Roots, senior vice president, commented:

“ “We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour, especially on the fifth anniversary of our grand opening. It’s great to be working with so many of the original filmmakers who know so much about the wizarding world. There will be an opportunity to take control of the weather and discover the techniques used to create a realistic forest within a film. We can’t wait to let visitors step into this mysterious set and discover all this amazing detail for themselves.”.

Stuart Craig completed:

“Over the course of the eight films, the Forbidden Forest has played a key role and I think it’s an exciting addition to the Studio Tour. The Forbidden Forest is full of mysterious, fascinating and sometimes threatening forces. It represents the great unknown compared to the comfort and safety of Hogwarts and the Gryffindor Common Room which makes it so interesting and important to the development of the story.”

The official openning of The Forbidden Forest will be on March 31 and its entrance will be included in the ticket price.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Will Have Expansion of The Forbidden Forest

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Saturday, 28 de January de 2017 às 03:58

After a lot of mystery behind the #FollowTheSpiders hashtag, Warner Bros. finally gave details about what the campaign was about. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will offer its visitors the opportunity to take a look at the Forbidden Forest, opening on March 31.

The expansion invites the visitors to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and adventure through the Forbidden Forest. Amongst 19 trees with over 12 feet in diameter, one of Hagrid’s original costume with a lantern in hands will welcome the guests, who can also control the forest’s weather.

A full size model of Buckbeak will be on display as well, enabling fans to see from up close all the work involved in taking the Hippogriff to the big screen, since every feather had to be glued individually. To those who go deeper into the forest, Aragog, the Acromantula can be found along with his arachnid family.

Stuart Craig, production designer, John Richardson, special effects supervisor and Nick Dudman, creature and makeup effects designer, and many members of the Harry Potter film series’ crew worked together to create the expansion, making sure the features are as close as possible to what is seen on screen.

The tour through the Forbidden Forest is already included on the regular ticket. Tickets must be bought and booked in advance on the official site, since they’re not available at the attraction.


News in English by Beatriz Souza

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will have a feature dedicated to Dobby

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Wednesday, 04 de January de 2017 às 12:06

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, located on the Leavesden Studios, where the eight “Harry Potter” films and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” were filmed, announced on Wednesday (4) a new feature, dedicated to Dobby, the house-elf.

The new feature, named “Directing Dobby”, will be dedicated to showing how the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies brought the house-elf to life, from a tennis ball on a stick to guide the cast to incredibly detailed models, which included hand-painted veins in the eyes.

During the activities, that will happen between February 4th and March 31st (2017), the visitors wil have the opportunity to see details of the model created by the Creature and Make-Up Effects team, since it will be removed from its display and put in the centre of the Great Hall. Number four, Privet Drive will also be available to the public, including the hundred of flying Hogwarts letters sent to Harry Potter and a really special visit from the house-elf.

In addition to that, a motion capture experience will be available to the visitors. Three different stages of the motion capture used in Dobby will be shown, reflecting the visitors’ movements, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered version, exactly like he is in the films.

More information and tickets can be found on their official website. The tickets must be booked in advance and can’t be bought directly on the studio.

News translated by: Beatriz Souza

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New chance to see “Hogwarts in the Snow”

//Por Paola Galiano - Monday, 17 de October de 2016 às 19:03

After last year’s success, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour just confirmed the return of their Christmas special for Harry Potter fans: Hogwarts In The Snow.

During the special exhibition, the visitors will have the opportunity to see the most iconic sets from the Harry Potter films decorated for Christmas. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.

At the iconic Great Hall, visitors will spot wreaths, garlands and trees decked with golden baubles that are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even flaming Christmas puddings.

The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made by the cast members during production.

Visitors will also be able to see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak and, for the first time, Madame Maxime’s costume from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.

The tour will also include a special effects presentation and a chance to feel samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from November 19th November 2016 until January 29th 2017. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

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Fiona Shaw on interview to the Pottermore Correspondent

//Por Anna Luisa Constantino - Thursday, 12 de May de 2016 às 16:46

Actress Fiona Shaw, known to us as Aunt Petunia, gave the Pottermore Correspondent an interview during the launching event of the interior of the Dursley’s house at Warner Bros. Studio Tour on London. At the interview, Fiona talks about actor Richard Griffiths (deceased March 2013 and known to us as Uncle Vernon), how it was to play Petunia Dursley and more.

‘I used to hope and hope that I would be [a witch]. In some of the scenes I remember playing the fear, the terror of letters arriving, the hatred of it. It was absolutely the hatred of envy. It really was. And I had it myself because I wanted to be in Hogwarts. I was very envious of all the witchcraft people. But that’s what the whole thing is built on. There should be another book about Mrs Dursley and how one day she went to a school called Hogwarts and found her redemption,’ she jokes.

By the disclosed images by Pottermore, we can have a glimpse of how is the interior of the Dursleys’ house e we are very excited for this new area at Warner Bros. Studio Tour. The house will be open to public for 10 days as of May 27h.

To read Fiona’s full interviews and the images, you can click here.

News translated to English by Marina Anderi

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Dursleys’ house opens for visitation at Warner’s Bros. Studio Tour

//Por Lara Melicio - Wednesday, 13 de April de 2016 às 16:36

For the first time, Harry Potter fans will get the chance to step inside number four, Privet Drive, the muggle house where the series’ hero lived for most of his childhood with his aunt Petunia, his uncle Vernon and his cousin Dudley.

For the 15th anniversary of the launching of the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Warner Bros. decided to enable visitors of their Studio Tour entry at the Dursleys’ house. It will be possible do step inside through the front door and see the living room were hundreds of Hogwarts letters adressed to Harry will be suspended on air as if they were entering through the fireplace, imitating the iconic scene of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. The Dursleys’ costumes, created by Judianna Makovsky, will also be on display.

With the opening of the house, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be showcasing the equipment that was used to shoot Harry’s Hogwarts letters through the letterbox. The machine was specially created for the movie by award winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.

However, this opportunity will last only a week, from May 27th to June 6th.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, open since March 31th 2012, offers visitors the chance of getting close to autentic sets, discover the magic behind the special effects and explore the backstage secrets of the “Harry Potter” movies.

News translated to English by Marina Anderi

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