Explore Harry Potter™ Studios | Find Out What's Inside, Shows, History, Plan Your Visit & More.
What are Harry Potter™ Studios Tours?
Harry Potter may have ended, but the magic survives at the Harry Potter™ Studios in London. The centre for all eight films, the Studios will feel familiar as you walk the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and make your way through Diagon Alley. The production crew of the Harry Potter movies carefully designed the Warner Bros. Studios and stocked it with original costumes and unforgettable Harry Potter props. They were the ones to pitch the idea for the Studios to Warner Bros., who agreed to open it on 31 March 2012 in Leavesden.
Many additions have since been made to the Warner Bros. Studios, including a 20,000 square feet (1,858 square metres) expansion in 2015. The original Hogwarts Express was added, giving visitors more nostalgia. You can board the memorable train at Platform 9 ¾ and discover the secrets of the Harry Potter series. Visit the iconic Potions Classroom containing 500 potion jars and archways inscribed with the English and Latin names of potions selected from ancient alchemy recipes. There's just so much to see! Get ready to unravel the real world of Harry Potter.
Quick Facts About Harry Potter™ Studios
- Official name: Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London - The Making of Harry Potter
- Date of opening: 31st March 2012
- Location: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, UK
- Owned by: Warner Bros.
- Operated by: Warner Bros. Studio Tours
- No. of visitors per year: Two million+
- Studios area: 150,000 square foot (14,000 sqm)
- No. of sets: Four
- Attraction type: Walkthrough exhibition and tour
- Tour duration: 3 hours 30 minutes approximately (Self-guided)
Why is Harry Potter™ Studio Tours in London A Must-Visit?
- The home of Harry Potter - Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studios is the home of Harry Potter, a worldwide hero. Hear and read unheard stories about the character and the eight-part movie.
- Explore the best of Hogwarts - Everyone wanted a letter to Hogwarts. A visit to the Harry Potter™ Studios will tell you why. It takes you on a journey to the best of Hogwarts, i.e., the Great Hall.
- Brave the Forbidden Forest - Gather courage and step inside the Forbidden Forest and uncover dark secrets that lie within.
- Check out Professor Umbridge's Office - Say what you will, but Professor Umbridge did keep a neat office. Head to the Harry Potter™ Studios for proof.
- See how dragons are made - Dragons made Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire fun, but how were they made? The creature effects team offers insight into creating dragons and goblins on screen.
- Feel the characters' clothes - Every character's clothes have been carefully preserved and can be touched at the studios.
Plan Your Visit to Harry Potter™ Studios in London
Address: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, UK. Find on map
The Harry Potter™ Studios is the most popular landmark in Leavesden, Watford. It is located just about 21 miles outside of London.
By shuttle bus - You'll find regular shuttle buses from Watford Junction to Warner Bros. Studios.
By train - Watford Junction is the closest train station to the Harry Potter™ Studios. Direct services are available from London Euston and Birmingham New Street.
By car - If you’re coming from London, exit the M1 at Junction 5. Take the A41 (North Watford) after M1 and then take the 4th exit onto A41. Keep left at the Y junction and arrive at Harry Potter™ Studios by taking the first exit roundabout.Know More About How To Get To Harry Potter™ Studio
Opening times in December 2022
- Monday and Tuesday: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
- Wednesday to Friday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Timings are susceptible to weekly and monthly changes. Check the Studio's calendar while planning your visit.
Best time to visit Harry Potter™ Studios
- November to March is an excellent time to visit if you want to avoid crowds.
- Christmas is an excellent time to visit if you want to catch the magical festivities in the Studios.
What's Inside Harry Potter™ Studio in London?
1. Stunning Sets
From the Great Hall to the Forbidden Forest, every great location in the movies is part of the Harry Potter™ Studios. The spectacular Great Hall also includes the costumes of students from every Hogwarts house and the teachers' table that once seated Dumbledore and Snape. The Forbidden Forest was a key component of the Chambers of Secret, and the Studios allows you to explore why. Platform 9¾ and Diagon Alley are the other attractive sets you can revisit.Know More About Harry Potter™ Studio Sets
2. Original Props
Every small prop, including glassware and photographs, has been carefully preserved inside Harry Potter™ Studios. Professor Severus Snape's beloved potion jars will catch your attention and instantly remind you of his intense interactions with Harry in the Deathly Hallows. Over 950 potion jars are lining the classroom walls and have a label hand designed by the Graphic Design duo MinaLima. Professor Umbridge's Office is also full of props, especially her collection of plates featuring moving kittens.Know More About Props In Harry Potter™ Studio
3. Authentic Costumes
Harry's clothing wasn't trendy, but they are popular nonetheless. You can find his and the other characters' authentic and original costumes inside the Studios. The collection of Quidditch uniforms is striking, as it shows the evolution of the Harry Potter movies. Each movie's uniforms became more detailed, sporty, and reflective of the dangerous game. The fascinating clothing at the Yule Ball, which was held to celebrate Christmas and the Triwizard Tournament can be found in the studios.Know More About Costumes In Harry Potter™ Studio
4. Special Effects Tours
Special and visual effects added intrigue to the Harry Potter movies, making them what they are today. Whomping Willow provided the first taste of the talent working in the visual and special effects team in the effects. For Willow's appearance in the Prisoner of Azkaban, a full-sized tree trunk was built on set. Branches were later added digitally in post-production. Harry's Cloak of Invisibility and the Chamber of Secrets Door are the other souvenirs on the special and visual effects tour.Know More About Harry Potter Special Effects
5. Astounding Creature Effects
Harry Potter had it all: dragons, goblins, basilisks, giant spiders, and whatnot! You can touch these creatures inside the Harry Potter™ Studios if you're brave enough. You'll also find Buckbeak, the hippogriff who helped Harry in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Buckbeak's designers took inspiration from real birds, especially the Golden Eagle. Find out about the Basilisk that almost killed Harry in the Chamber of Secrets. That too has an interesting process behind its creation.Know More About Harry Potter Creature Effects
6. Art Department
The Art department deserves tremendous credit for creating beautiful locations. Hogwarts was their most outstanding achievement as it moves people even today. The castle stayed as is largely throughout the eight movies, a testament to the work of the 86 artists and crewmembers who designed it for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The Art Department also did newspaper designs with specifically the graphic design duo MinaLima. They're all on display inside the studio.Know More About Arts Department
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What's on! At Harry Potter™ Studios London 2022
Harry Potter™ Studios London is not just an exhibition experience and it is much more than a studio tour. The studio is dedicated to giving all its visitors a truly immersive experience of what it feels like to be part of the wizarding world. There are multiple events and shows that are on for a specific time period and some others that are always on. These experiences range from having dinner at the Great Hall to dancing at the Yule Ball to even attending some classes at Hogwarts. So look out for the events that are on during the time of your visit and make sure that you do not miss an experience of a lifetime!Know More About Harry Potter™ Studio Events
Brief History of Harry Potter™ Studios in London
The Harry Potter™ Studios in London wouldn't have existed without the production crew. After the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew felt they wanted Harry Potter fans to experience the filmmaking of the movies firsthand. They had enough props, artwork, and original material to showcase and they returned to set up the sets, costumes, props and everything else. Warner Bros. then agreed to open the Studio Tour on 31st March 2012.
Three years later, Platform 9¾ inside the Studios was expanded by 20,000 square feet (1,858 square metres). Warner Bros. brought back the original Hogwarts Express to give visitors an unforgettable ride. Since then, Warner Bros. Studios have added interactive events to give visitors an even better experience. The sets, special effects, Arts Department and other experiences take the visitors on a nostalgic journey on their studio tour, giving them a feel of the evolution through the eight Harry Potter movies.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Harry Potter™ Studios in London
A. Harry Potter™ Studios London is a film studio and a walkthrough exhibition experience containing props, costumes, and sets from the eight Harry Potter movies.
A. Harry Potter™ Studios is located just outside London in Leavesden. Address: Studio Tour Dr, Leavesden, Watford WD25 7LR, UK.
A. You should visit Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studios in London to have a live experience of how the movies were made and to discover the original costumes, props, and sets from the eight Harry Potter movies.
A. You can book tickets to visit Warner Bros. Harry Potter™ Studios online.
A. Tickets to Harry Potter™ Studio Tours are available from £84.60 onwards.
A. Warner Bros. built the Harry Potter™ Studios in London.
A. Warner Bros. own Harry Potter™ Studios in London.
A. Harry Potter™ Studios London opened on 31st March 2012.
A. Inside the Harry Potter™ Studio in London, you'll find original sets from the Harry Potter movies like the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest and the Diagon Alley. You'll also find original costumes and props.
A. The official opening times of Harry Potter™ Studios can be checked on the studio calendar ahead of your visit.
A. You can visit Harry Potter™ Studios throughout the year. November to March is a less crowded time, while the place comes with magical festivities during Christmas.
A. Sets like the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Platform 9¾, and Hogwarts Express are famous attractions inside Harry Potter™ Studios in London.
A. No, the Harry Potter World is different from Harry Potter™ Studios, which is officially also called Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London - The Making of Harry Potter.
A. The Harry Potter movies were filmed beside the Harry Potter™ Studios.
A. No, there are no rides at Harry Potter™ Studios.
A. Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two, Margot Robbie's Barbie, Fast X, and Mickey7 are being filmed in Leavesden Studios in 2022.
A. Yes, absolutely! Harry Potter™ Studios London is worth visiting for art, visual effects, and Harry Potter lovers.
A. One day is enough to cover Warner Bros. Studio Tours in London.