Wand-erful: half-term fun for all the family at

Wand-erful: half-term fun for all the family at
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making
of Harry Potter, special event: Wand Week
Why not treat the kids this February half-term to a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour
London - The Making of Harry Potter? It is hosting a special Wand Week, not to be missed!
By Adele Jennings
I have been a fan of Harry Potter ever since I read the
first book.
I didn’t have children when I read Harry Potter and
the Philosopher’s Stone, and now it’s great that my
daughter Amber, who is nine years old is also now
into the books and films.
I love watching the films, so imagine my delight
when me and Amber got the chance to visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry
We were so excited by the time we got there, and
couldn’t wait to go on the tour. Amber was getting
annoyed with me for taking pictures of her outside
the building as she was desperate to get in!
A great place to take the family, and this half-term
the studios sees a special one week only event Wand Week from 16th to 24th February.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of
Harry Potter will invite visitors to delve into the
world of wand making, spell casting and wizarding
duels. Special effects and choreography experts from
the Harry Potter film series will be involved in creating the activities for Wand Week.
Visitors will discover first-hand how fight scenes
were developed and the incredible amount of planning that went into each wand movement. Original moulds, concept art and wand designs will be
showcased in the attraction and, for the first time,
Mr Ollivander’s costume will be on display at the
entrance of his famous wand shop. The Studio
Tour’s knowledgeable staff members will be on hand
to share behind-the-scenes secrets and to teach the
wand moves seen in the films.
We were lucky enough to meet the lovely Paul Harris, who is a leading choreographer, dance teacher
and movement director who choreographed the
wand combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for which he devised the physical
language for the use of the wand. Paul created the
language of the wand for the films and used a mix of
fencing, ku fung and ballet.
Amber was lucky enough to get a one-off lesson
from Paul showing her five attack moves, that Harry
Potter himself would be proud of!
After watching a short film made by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, we stepped
through the large doors into the Great Hall. Yes the
actual Great Hall that housed some 4,000 kids as
extras in the films.
As we carried on the tour, we walked round, mouths
open, saying look at that, look at this. From the
costumes, to the sets and all the little bits in between,
this was an amazing place to be and I knew we
would spend a few hours in there.
Amber had her Harry Potter passport, in which you
collect 6 stamps as you go around the sets. Also we
had to be on the look out for the Golden Snitch, we
had 15 of those to find.
Seeing the boys’ dormitory, where Harry and Ron
shared a room with Neville Longbottom, Seamus
Finnigan and Dean Thomas, then onto the Gryffindor common room, the detail in everything is amazing, we felt like Harry, Hermione and Ron had just
popped out!
During Wand Week Death Eaters will be returning
to the Studio Tour to demonstrate wand moves to
visitors, head prop maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will
be hand carving wands within the attraction and
special effects supervisor John Richardson will be
creating a display in Diagon Alley which will allow
the Interactors to demonstrate the special effects behind spell casting. Finally choreographer Paul Harris
has created an instillation for the attraction which
will allow visitors to practise their own wand moves
over Wand Week.
Spending time in Dumbledore’s office was great
with all the sleeping portraits and of course the
memory cabinet where he kept more than 800 tiny,
handmade and hand-labelled vials.
It is so easy to get to, it’s situated just off the M25, off
junction 20. There are plenty of parking facilities on
this massive site at Leavesden.
The props were so impressive, from the beautifully
carved wands for each character to the Horcruxes
were a delight to see.
It was time, we waited in line until it was our time
for the tour, these are so well organised, it’s best to
be there 20 minutes before your tour starts just to
make sure you don’t miss it as these are timed tours.
We couldn’t believe how much there was to see.
From how they did the special effects for Quidditch,
to how they made the gorgeous green tiles inside the
Ministry of magic was fascinating. I did shudder a
bit when we looked at the Death Eaters costumes!
After admiring and saying ‘awww’ at the cupboard
under the stairs where Harry spent the first part
of his life at the Dursleys house, it was on into the
screen room.
It was great to hear how the first book nearly didn’t
get read by the film makers, luckily for us it was
spotted and turned into the magnificent films we
enjoy today.
Amber started counting the peculiar jars and bottles
on the shelves in the Potions classroom, but there
were so many, every one had something different
in them. It was fascinating to see them so close, so
much detail even though they were only on screen
for a short time.
As if the inside of the tour wasn’t brilliant enough,
you can go out onto the Backlot. During production,
the backlot was home to the exterior set of the Harry
Potter films - including Privet Drive and the Hogwarts bridge. You can even see the Knight Bus, all 3
decks of the purple beauty!
After admiring the giant chess pieces we headed
back inside into the Creatures Shop. Here, you get to
see up close the intricate prosthetics from the Basilisk
to Buckbeak to Lord Voldermort’s snake-like face
and many more all built by the people in the Creature Shop.
enhanced with digital effects to create unforgettably
realistic views of the magical school.
Amber says: I had such a great day out. I liked looking at all the props that were used in the films. There
is so much to see. We spent 5 hours looking round.
It was good to meet Paul Harris and have a one-off
lesson, I used a wand like Hermione’s to practice the
moves. I’ve been trying them out on my 2 year old
brother Jacob! If you like Harry Potter, you will love
Make sure your camera is fully charged as I took
over 500 pictures!
Whether you make it to Wand Week or not, this is an
amazing day out. We can’t wait to go back soon!
Imagine my delight when we turned a corner and
ended up in Diagon alley. We imagined what it was
like with all the extras creating the hustle and bustle
in the films. The dusty Ollivanders wand shop is
where Harry’s wand chose him. The shop was home
to more than 17,000 individually hand-made labelled
wand boxes!
Ticket Prices
And then the jewel in the crown to see the intricately
detailed model of Hogwarts castle. The model’s
every courtyard, tower and turret were filmed and
Website: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
Amber jumped onto Hagrid’s motorbike and sidecar, then had a go at driving Mr Weasleys Ford
Adult (Ages 16 years and above) £29.00, Child (Ages
5 to 15 years) £21.50, Under 4s (Tickets are required
for children aged 4 and under) Free, Family (either
two adults with two children, or one adult with three
children) £85.00.
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