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New fan-favourite marks 10 years of Harry Potter studio tour

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse for the very first time, as The Making of Harry Potter celebrates 10 years of welcoming visitors.

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The greenhouse is a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.

Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, visitors will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as they walk through the greenhouse. During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated, however the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.

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The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will form part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will open on 1 July 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened its doors on 31 March 2012. This unique attraction offers visitors the ultimate chance to get up close to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series.

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Studio Tour London is part of the Warner Bros. Worldwide Tours and Retail Group which includes the new flagship store, Harry Potter New York, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and Harry Potter On Location London.

Harry Potter On Location London encompasses the Platform 9 ¾ shops at Kings Cross station and Heathrow Airport and the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition. The Photographic Exhibition can be found in the heart of Covent Garden and as is the only place visitors can enjoy a drink in London’s only bottled Butterbeer bar.

In addition to the exciting addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.

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Janet Redler, Managing Director of Janet Redler Travel, said: “This fascinating new addition to the studio tour is sure to excite Harry Potter fans the world over, and will encourage many more people to visit. The Harry Potter films and books have made a huge impact on popular culture and the 'wizarding world' is now one of the best-loved global brands. A trip to the studio tour is a must for Harry Potter fans on a visit to England.”

Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1 July – 12 September 2022.

If you or your group would like to enjoy a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, on a tailor-made tour of London or the United Kingdom, please do contact our friendly team today, or perhaps you would like to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter on a dedicated location tour, exploring the landmarks and attractions most closely linked to the blockbuster movies.

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