Harry Potter studio tour featuring Hogwarts Castle unveiled in UK

Harry Potter studio tour featuring Hogwarts Castle unveiled in UK
HARRY Potter fans will be able to get up close to Hogwarts Castle for the first time when it goes on display in the UK at the end of the month.
A model of the famous castle used in the films will feature as part of the new Warner Bros The Making Of Harry Potter studio tour at Leavesden Studios, northwest of London.

The model was built for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and has been used for exterior shots in every film since, the Daily Mail reports. Visitors will be able to go behind-the-scenes and see sets, costumes, props and animatronics when the studio tour opens on March 31.

The castle was based on Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle. More than 80 artists and crew members built the model, which is about 15m wide.

It has more than 2500 fibre optic lights to simulate lantern torches and students passing through hallways, miniature owls in the Owlery and hinges on the doors. The three-hour tour will also take fans inside the Great Hall and Dumbledore's office.

Visitors will also be able to step onto the cobbles of Diagon Alley, walking past the the shop fronts of Ollivander's wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

Iconic props from the films, including Harry's Nimbus 2000 broomstick and Hagrid's motorcycle will be on display alongside life-sized models of some of the creatures from the films.

Other film sets included in the tour include the Gryffindor common room, the boy's dormitory, Hagrid's hut, Potions classroom and Professor Umbridges office at the Ministry of Magic.
Source: www.news.com.au
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