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Live Coverage of Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter Event at O2 (Updated)

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Posted by: Edward
August 14, 2011, 12:32 PM

As readers will recall, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter event is set to take place today at London's The O2 Arena.  Leaky is on the scene and live tweeting from the event right here @Leaky.  Please do stick close to our Twitter feed for up to the second updates from the event at which actress Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Warwick Davis (Flitwick/Griphook) are scheduled to appear.  Leaky will have a full recap of the event shortly!


According to a press release, the "Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, is a behind-the-scenes walking tour scheduled to open in Spring 2012. The unique tour will give visitors the first ever chance to visit the real Harry Potter film sets to learn more about the workings of the breathtaking special effects and the incredible animatronics, as well as experience the sheer scale and incredible detail of the sets used by the cast and crew on all the films."

Update: The event has now concluded, here are some highlights:
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour will open in Spring 2012. "The biggest UK attraction next year."
  • 150,000 square feet of Harry Potter Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and the room behind it. All of the costumes, props.
  • 150,000 square feet of Harry Potter Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and the room behind it. All of the costumes, props.
  • "This has been a longtime coming. And I'm very excited." - Emma Watson in trailer
  • "Little did we know it would be something that would dominate our lives for ten years" - Warwick Davis
  • Great Hall is @WarwickADavis's favorite set. "It's like a historical building...that stood for ten years."
  • Warwick Davison all the great thingsthat have happened in the Great Hall. He said about Yule Ball, he said to Mike Newell, "it would be funny if I stage dived," and on Mon, Newell said, "Remember what you said on Friday?"
  • "I was grabbed in places I didn't know I had places." - Warwick Davis
  • Head of creature effects Nick Dudman out now. Taking now about how to make a mold of an actor to make someone into a goblin, sculpting. "It's all about detail"
  • A live goblin has been brought out - it's Warwick Davis's wife, Sam.
  • Video of Warwick Davis in makeup playing - discussing the logistics, the large contacts ("shoving a duvet up your eye" 
  • Creatures shop in the tour as it existed during filming - Neville's mimbletonia, buckbeak, Aragog, Fawkes, etc. 
  • "Normally in a movie you build things and they go in a skip...everything with this has been preserved," Nick Dudman
  • Set will be the size of three football fields - showing trailer again, lots f quidditch, green screen etc.
  • Evanna Lynch coming onstage - Evanna telling the story of the host once pulling her hair extension out. 
  • Evanna talks about seeing the sets, touching where "Harry Potter walked... You want to lick the floor" 
  • Evanna now doing the Wrackspurt dance. "It's the next moonwalk!"
  • Talk about Luna's room, the artist who got the walls right, Evanna's earrings - "dirigible plums! Just leave it at radishes, it's fine."
  • How to describe the impact Harry Potter has had - "it's made me into a much more positive person." - Evanna Lynch
  • Evanna announcing that the tickets will be sold on October 13 2011, for the spring opening. 
  • "You have to prebook. You cannot rock up to Leavesden and blag your way in"
  • Web site for the tour: http://t.co/3GcDYnp 

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24 Comments

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It seems so incredible! I hope I can go some day.

Posted by hp's dead account on August 14, 2011, 12:39 PM report to moderator
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It seems so incredible! I hope I can go some day.

Posted by hp's dead account on August 14, 2011, 12:41 PM report to moderator
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It is about the coolest thing a HP fan can experience…

Posted by Won_Two on August 14, 2011, 12:44 PM report to moderator
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Finally something like this in England! And that’s how it supose to be. I was really angry when I found out that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be in America because how come if the story happens in England and Ireland? But anyway, now we’ll be having something like this here in the UK (maybe without rides and shops but still) and that’s great! I can’t wait till spring!!! I need to be there!

@Leaky Thank you for tweeting about the event! :)

Posted by lolafasola on August 14, 2011, 01:04 PM report to moderator
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I also hope I can go. Soon. :P

Posted by camila_black08 on August 14, 2011, 01:07 PM report to moderator
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How exciting!!! I thought the same thing too lolafasola. It’s so expensive to go down to Florida just for a 1 day visit to the theme park.

Posted by lelly66 on August 14, 2011, 01:29 PM report to moderator
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How exciting!!! I thought the same thing too lolafasola. It’s so expensive to go down to Florida just for a 1 day visit to the theme park.

Posted by lelly66 on August 14, 2011, 01:29 PM report to moderator
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I’m a bit confused, maybe it’s the word “tour”. It sounds limited, but it’s not, is it? I mean, it will open in spring, but will it stay open? or is it just a permanent thing? or is it something like a museum? Because I have plans to go to London next summer and I definitely don’t want to miss this! and the price is totally acceptable, 21 pounds.

Posted by Matea on August 14, 2011, 01:32 PM report to moderator
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I also hope I can go!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on August 14, 2011, 01:40 PM report to moderator
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i am soo excited for this!!!!

Posted by ahaque521 on August 14, 2011, 01:57 PM report to moderator
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Oh my goodness I so want to go!! But I’m on the other side of the pond, so it wont be happening soon. :( Lol I loved Evannas’ comments, ‘licking the floor where Harry walked’ yup, we’d all be tempted to do that. And, they built Luna’s bedroom but we didnt see it!?! That was one of the things I was excited to see in Part 1 but they skipped over it!!! Maybe it’ll turn up in some DVD extras, I hope. :}

Posted by LunaLuver on August 14, 2011, 02:26 PM report to moderator
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I would really like to go but I imagine it wouldn’t be cheap.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on August 14, 2011, 03:02 PM report to moderator
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I suspect I know what everyone will be planning to do when next in London… ;)

Posted by HogwartsForever on August 14, 2011, 03:23 PM report to moderator
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Hi Lely66,
You said “It’s so expensive to go down to Florida just for a 1 day visit to the theme park.” It certainly is expensive, but I hope I will be able to go there some time, and then I’ll probably spend more than 1 day in the Wizarding World. I think I’ll want to go back there, during the whole of my stay. You know, first a visit to the WW then something else, another day or few hours at WW, etc. They have a package for a four day stay at the hotel, so… Anyway, that is something I dream of. Luckily, England is doable for me, but just like you, Matea, I have been wondering what to expect. There will probably me more information before Spring 2012, but I hope I can get it, before I book my next holiday.

Posted by Tarana on August 14, 2011, 03:46 PM report to moderator
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i wonder how much tickets will be. i dont care though i am determined to get tickets even if it means selling my house, i always miss out on harry potter stuff because they are always in america or somewhere else and finally something is coming to england :)

Posted by QLunaLoveQ on August 14, 2011, 04:59 PM report to moderator
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