“After all this time?”
There’s no other quote that perfectly encompasses the spirit of the world of Harry Potter. JK Rowling’s fantasy book series on the Boy Who Lived is a worldwide phenomenon, humanely tackling complex subjects like love, death, loyalty, friendship, and the eternal dilemma of good vs evil.
The 8-part Harry Potter films brought Rowling’s words to the silver screen, not just by bringing wholesome characters to life, but by creating elaborate, detailed sets of locations like the Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest and true-to-word costumes, along with investing in stellar artwork and special effects.
Years after the release of the final book and film in the series, the magic lives on. Fans of the series now have the opportunity to visit the famous sets and go behind-the-scenes on a Harry Potter Studio Tour at the Warner Brothers Studios in London. Examine character costumes, visit Diagon Alley, ride Hagrid’s motorbike and do so much more!
While you wait for your acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, embark on a magical Harry Potter tour in London.
You can choose between Warner Bros. Studio tours and Harry Potter film locations guided tours, depending on your area of interest. As you consider all the attractions in London and plan your days of exploring, here is a quick summary to help you pick the right tour
Experience the best of filmmaking on this highly rated and incredibly sought after tour of the Warner Bros. Studios in London. Explore iconic sets from the series, like Dumbledore's Office, Diagon Alley, Platform 9 and 3/4 and the Cupboard under the Stairs. See the actual props and costumes from the eight films! Be privy to all the dark secrets of House Slytherin through the seasonal exhibit - A Celebration of Slytherin. Calling this tour exhilarating will be an understatement.
Indulge in an enchanting tour of the popular filming locations of the Harry Potter movies and other iconic sights of London with these walking tours. After meeting your guide at the designated meeting point, you will be shown the various locations one by one. Some of these locations include Diagon Alley, Gringott's Bank, Platform 9 ¾,Daniel Radcliffe's school, King's Cross station and much more. Your guide, a fellow Potterhead, will regale you with fascinating tidbits from the movies and will answer all your questions. Apart from this, your tour will also include fun activities like finding out which house you belong to.
There’s no better way to explore the wizarding world than by opting for a guided tour. Your Harry Potter Studio tour includes a visit to the costume, art and prop departments, along with sets of all eight films, including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Platform 9 ¾, and Dumbledore’s Office among many others, Your professional tour guide will accompany you along the way, enlightening you with interesting trivia about the film-making process.
If you’re looking to save time and money on commuting to and from the Harry Potter Studios, opt for Warner Bros. Studio tours that include return transfers. You do not have to worry about planning travel between London and Leavesden; instead, you will be picked up from one of several pick-up points in Central London, from where you will be transported on a luxury coach with built-in Wi-Fi to the studios, and dropped back in the same way.
It was in the year 2000 that the first Harry Potter film -- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone -- was shot at a studio in Leavesden. On completion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Bros. announced that they would be purchasing the site as a permanent attraction dedicated to the wizarding world. It was officially launched as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter in 2010. Props, costumes and sets from all eight films have been preserved and maintained to date.Read More
A typical Harry Potter Studio tour takes up to 3 hours. Through the tour, visitors have the chance to get a close look at the details and effort that went into the film series’ production process. Explore the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾, learn about behind-the-scenes production of magical creatures like Buckbeak, the basilisk and Aragog, and get an in-depth look at the thousands of hours that went into artwork, costume and creation of props. All this and more, on a Harry Potter Tour in London.Read More
A tour of the Harry Potter Studios is the perfect escape from the muggle world. Sip on some delicious butterbeer and grab a wand before heading to explore the beautiful sets of locations like the Great Hall, Platform 9 ¾ and Dumbledore’s office, along with getting an up-close, personal look at props, popular character costumes and creation of magical creatures like Buckbeak the hippogriff. Each location is designed to bring iconic moments from the movies to life -- a thrill for every Potterhead.
The Great Hall at Hogwarts is a pivotal location for Harry and friends; their first sorting ceremonies, the Yule Ball, essential conversations over meals, O.W.L examinations and of course, the battle of Hogwarts took place here. Walk the same steps as your favorite witches and wizards and soak in the fine details of the location design and props in the Great Hall. You’ll get to marvel at the shiny crockery, the massive door at the entrance, the stone statues and four house flambeaux, and actual costumes of popular characters like Professor McGonagall and Hagrid.
The entire contents of the formidable Forbidden Forest remain unknown to Hagrid to date. It is said to be full of creatures like unicorns and centaurs, while also being home to dark monsters. Enter at your own risk! The Harry Potter Studios have created a remarkable version of the Forbidden Forest; walk around and examine the imposing trees that have been designed to represent an eerie atmosphere, meet Buckbeak and Aragog, and take photographs with a life-size Hagrid costume who would be waiting to welcome you in.
Step onto the cobbled stones and enter the bustling streets of Diagon Alley. Dotted with shops selling books, potions ingredients, robes and of course wands, it’s a one-stop location for all essentials a witch or wizard needs. Stop by Flourish and Blotts, pick up some wonderful jokes at the exciting Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and don’t forget to finally get your wand at Ollivander’s! The Diagon Alley set was redone to shoot scenes at Hogsmeade Village for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film.
To get onto Platform 9¾ while avoid being sighted by muggles, one must run with their belongings, head-first, into a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10. For filming, most scenes were shot at King’s Cross Station in London, while remaining parts were recreated at the Harry Potter Studios to shoot the famous scene between Harry and Dumbledore at the end of The Deathly Hallows Part II. You would get to see the actual Hogwarts Express and picture gliding dementors, or Trevor the Frog hopping about.
On a Harry Potter Studios tour, visitors can further indulge in the wizarding world by engaging in specifically curated seasonal experiences.
Every costume in the wizarding world has been designed with meticulous care so that it completely embodies the character. The Behind the Seams experience takes you behind-the-scenes of the costume department where you can learn first-hand about the entire process that went into creating each one of the 25,000 outfits worn by beloved characters the eight films.
Dates: 20 July - 4 September; 19-30 October; 16-31 December 2020
Duration: 1 hour
Timings: 09:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 01:00 PM
Tom Marvolo Riddle, Severus Snape, Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco Malfoy are a few of many layered characters to have come out of Slytherin House -- the black sheep of the four Hogwarts houses. Experience the sinister interiors of the common room adorned with the house colors, green and silver and get a close look at props and costumes designed for Tom Riddle and the notorious Malfoys.
Dates: 1 July - 6 September 2020
“There is no good or evil. There is only power...and those too weak to seek it.” -- this infamous quote by Lord Voldemort defines the dark arts, and those who practice it, best. This Halloween, participate in the Dark Arts experience at the Harry Potter Studios in London. Engage in duels, and learn how fight scenes with Death Eaters were shot!
Dates: 25 September - 8 November 2020
Christmas at Hogwarts is a magical time, complete with spectacular decorations by professors. At the Harry Potter Studios, visitors can participate in the Hogwarts in the Snow experience and re-live scenes from the films. Step into a magical fairyland; beautiful trees adorned with vibrant baubles, soft snowflakes and icicles, along with a marvelous feast are in store for you.
Dates: 14 November 2020 - 17 January 2021
Harry Potter Studios opening times vary based on the day you choose to visit:
Typically during the week, the tours take place between 09:30 AM to 08:00 PM; on short days, tours take place between 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM.
Typically, a Harry Potter Studio tour takes about 3.5 hours. If you choose to attend an experience, shop or dine, your time at the studios would increase accordingly.
Owing to its popularity, a Harry Potter Studios tour is always bustling with fans. However, since their intake capacity is limited, you would be able to comfortably explore. Comparatively lesser crowds can be found outside of the summer season (June to September). A highly recommended experience is visiting during Christmas, owing to the magical decoration and atmosphere.
You can get to the Harry Potter Studios by using public transport like bus and train, or by car. You can also opt for Harry Potter Studio tours that include return transfers, preventing the hassle of having to plan your commute to and from Leavesden.
The closest train station to the Harry Potter Studios is Watford Junction. From here, you can take one of many shuttle buses to reach the studios within 15 minutes.
Yes. You can avail the free parking services outside the Harry Potter Studios by simply displaying your ticket. Priority parking is also available for visitors next to the studio entrance; however, you would have to book and pay for your spot in advance.
The Harry Potter Studios are located about 20 miles (32 km) from London at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.
Yes. All Harry Potter Studio tours are wheelchair-accessible. Some locations might be difficult to navigate like Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Bridge; we recommend approaching with caution.
Yes. A cloakroom is available on the premises where visitors can check-in bags, strollers and coats free of charge.
The Harry Potter Studios are home to several eateries like the Hub Cafe, Food Hall or Chocolate Frog Cafe. Meals are served here for lunch and dinner till 08:00 PM on weekends and till 05:00 PM on weekdays.
Q. What can I access on a Harry Potter Studio tour?
A. Potterheads can visit sets created for all eight Harry Potter films, including, but not limited to the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾ among others.
Q. Does my Harry Potter Tour in London include a guided tour?
A. Not all Harry Potter Studio tours include a guided tour. You would have to purchase tickets that specifically include guided tours.
Q. Does my Harry Potter Tour in London include return transfers?
Most Harry Potter Studio tours include return transfers. Ensure that you check before purchasing your tickets.
Q. Can I purchase a Harry Potter tour in London right at the studio?
A. No. Owing to the limited number of visitors at the studio at any given time, pre-booking your tickets is mandatory.
Q. How do I get from London to the Warner Bros. Studio?
A. Located about an hour’s drive from the London city center, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour offers several bus tours operating that offer hourly return transfers from central London and Birmingham directly to the studio tour. Here's more information on how to get there.
Q. When is the best time to go for a Harry Potter tour in London?
A. A Harry Potter Studio tour books several months in advance so to maximize your chances of getting tickets, we recommend going on a weekday for better availability of slots.
Q. What are the best attractions on a Harry Potter London Studio Tour?
A. From Diagon Alley to Platform 9 ¾ , The Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest, the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio is brimming with exciting experiences and attractions. Here are all the attractions on the tour.