Discovering Hogwarts, a brand-new feature for 2023 has officially opened at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
Celebrating the attraction’s 11th year since opening, Hogwarts welcomed its first visitors for an exclusive look at fan-favourite scenes, brought to life for this special feature exploring Harry’s early years at the infamous school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Fans are also invited to witness one of Harry’s first experiences of magic in Professor Flitwick’s Charms class, learning filmmaking secrets behind the floating feather as he mastered the Wingardium Leviosa spell with Ron and Hermione. The effect seen on-screen was achieved with filmmaking magic as simple as stringing a feather onto a fishing line, Special Effects Supervisor, John Richardson described the technique as “going back to the silent movie era”. Visitors can also practise their wand skills as they learn the ‘Swish and Flick’ movement behind casting the famous spell.
A live demonstration during the feature will reveal the process in which the beloved half-giant Hagrid was brought to life, right in front of fans eyes. While Robbie Coltrane stood tall as 6ft, he was not quite tall enough to portray a half giant, with body double 6ft 10” England rugby player Martin Bayfield stepping in, fitted with stilts and a prosthetic head.
Discovering Hogwarts is a special feature which will run from 2nd May – 4th September 2023 and is included in the ticket price.