Virtual Tour of 12 Grimmauld Place Set on IGN

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Jun 20, 2007

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IGN.com is featuring a new ‘exclusive look’ at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place in a virtual tour of the actual set, via its website this evening. This feature lets you zoom in and out and move 360 degrees around the richly detailed set, seeing everything from the table settings to the small chest on the fireplace mantel. You can view this excellent virtual tour right here!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be in theaters on July 11.





43 Responses to Virtual Tour of 12 Grimmauld Place Set on IGN

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This is SOOO cool!!!! I feel like I’m actually there…wish I was

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That’s Great! Looks like there was an early screening in tokyo today also

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Can anyone move rooms, or is it just a tour of the kitchen? I want to see the Black Family Tapestry!

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I can’t seem to move past the kitchen? Is that all? I mean it’s really cool and all, but I was hoping to see more.

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Wow thats almost exactly how I pictured it in my mind…amazing!

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Yeah it is great! But I think you can only browse the kitchen. Darn. I wanted to see the rest of the house too.. well this is nice anyway.

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Wow! Thats brilliant. Makes you feel like you’re actually there.

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I agree, I was hoping to be able to move to other rooms aside from the kitchen – a close-up view of the family tree tapestry would’ve been SO NICE, but this is still VERY cool, and pretty much exactly the way I picture it when I read Order of the Phoenix, which is very encouraging!!!

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Guys here is amazing report on the movie.

http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_ezine&task=read&page=1&category=1&article=2727

“Just as the teenagers are on the brink of death, the Order of the Phoenix sweeps in, with Sirius Black leading the charge and ordering Malfoy, “Get away from my godson!”

yay go siruis.

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So I guess you can only see the kitchen? That kinda sucks. But looking at the kitchen does really rock.

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Woah!! I just realized you can actually move down the room! I wish I could go to other rooms!!!

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Sweetness….

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Wow, that was great! It’s funny, I pictured the kitchen to be completly different. I pictured it more cramped, darker, and candlelight. It’s funny how we see thingsd so differently when reading. Did you see see where the boiler room is, AKA: Kreachers room? Thats where I think the horcrux is. Gives me shivers just thinking that were going to see the house weve all been so enamoured with for three books now! Squuueeeee!

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I can’t even see the kitchen, some crazy thing called VSBSCRIPT won’t let me. Either my computer lacks it or it is disabled. Being a computer literate I can’t seem to figure out how to either download it or disable it….Guess i will have to wait for the movie. GRRRRR

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I can’t even see the kitchen, some crazy thing called VSBSCRIPT won’t let me. Either my computer lacks it or it is disabled. Being a computer literate I can’t seem to figure out how to either download it or enable it….Guess i will have to wait for the movie. GRRRRR

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Wow, that was cool!

I have to say, though, I never pictured it that narrow. Considering that they hold the meetings there, I pictured it more spacious, more square.

Still, I wish I stood there. :D

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Yo Luna, thanks for that link to the report. I’m ganna print it out, cuz I have no time to read it now, and I’ll comment here on it later. :D

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I first didn’t realize we could move down the room. I kinda pictured the kitchen as down in a basement with rough stone walls or something. Wow, yes Kreacher’s room at the end of the kitchen, wish we could enter. The stove and utensils in the kitchen look antique. I wonder, if I had elves like Dobby wearing dirty pillow covers cooking my food, would I eat it?!

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I usually only read the comments, but I enjoyed the view of the kitchen so much that I had to join in. I love the attention to detail. The set reflects the decay of a once grand house. I especially like the old servant call bells,the dumbwaiter, the china…just everything!

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No, Jyothi, you didn’t just “kinda pictured the kitchen as down in a basement with rough stone walls or something.” It actually was described that way in the book, but NOOO, Stuart Craig and his artistic license can do whatever they please… whatever… For God’s sake, if someone from WB reads this, can they tell the production crew to be a bit more canon-oriented? Come on! Tile walls in the ministry of magic? it’s supposed to be wood… and this is supposed to be a kitchen in the basement with stone walls… It’s not so hard to keep those details in! Ahghrrrhh!!!!

Ok, I’m done. Rant Managed

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Felipe, I feel with you! I thought it was neat, but way too narrow to really be the kitchen of a wealthy manor house. And the peeling paint, although a nice touch, is not the rough stone walls described. I was just looking at the PBS Manor house virtual tour of the basement kitchen, and ignoring the fact that it was all painted glistening white, was much more how I pictured it. A large squarish/rectangular room with high ceilings, with room for both a long table and space for Ginny to play with Crookshanks on the floor. A kitchen like the Blacks would have to be functional. This was more like the servants hallway. But I stil like it in some loyal fan sort of way!

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Very narrow for a kitchen, but all the same… I’m having a good time building up to this. I hope it’s not a huge let down aka Azkaban. -B

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OH so nice!!!! VR Glasses anyone!!!

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While the idea was promising and it is neat to mess around with, it just stinks that we are only limited to the kitchen. I thought we would be able to tour the whole house. oh well.

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Exactly how I imagined it!

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Wow, this is great…almost exactly how I imagined it, although the room itself is longer and narrower (or is that the camera angle?).

I love the checked rug thrown over the chair near the fireplace…it’s like a little touch Molly would have used to try and brighten up the place.

C’mon July!!

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“it just stinks that we are only limited to the kitchen. I thought we would be able to tour the whole house. oh well.”

You will if you buy the game…

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Well, I think I’m gonna agree with you Felipe. They really DO take things a little too far. I think they’re trying to make it kinda comical at the lack of room, I guess. But, I really don’t like it. I wish they made it look like it used to be grand and pristine, but it just kinda rotted along with the rest of the house. Would you imagaine the Black Family (a really group of spoiled rich people) having that narrow thing? No, they would have it HUGE!

I’m trying to think of another instance where they did this…Not coming to me.

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It is a shame we can’t move out of the kitchen – even Alohomora on the door to the stairs does not work! :( It does bring out one point that I think some may have missed: a basement kitchen in this sort of house is where the servants would work – house-elves or others – Mrs Walburga Black would not be seen dead down there (unless her portrait was moved lol). The servants would eat all their meals together there, the Black family would have a dining room on the next level up, serviced by the ‘dumb waiter’ that can be seen on the wall.

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Cool! thats not how i pictured grimmauld place tho, i always pictured the dining room to be way bigger and darker because its lit by candles. oh well its the movie what else can ya expect! everyone will visualise things differently.

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It’s really good, though it’s a bit too dark. In some places, I can’t see anything. And no way to brighten it up with Quicktime. :(

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I think its great, not what I’d expected, but then what is? Hardly anything in the movies is exactly as it is in the books. Move on from that and you can accept the crumbling distressed abandoned feel of the house. As for expecting it to be grand, well it never would have been. The kitch of a smart house like this would have been a staff area. The family would never have eaten in the kitchen but in the far grander dinning room upstairs. Can’t wait for the book, can’t wait for the film!

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okay did any one notice there is a thing hanging in the window that looks an awful lot like the thing around harrys neck on the deathly hallows cover i swear it looks just like it!

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OMG. It’s like they took a snapshot of my mind and made it real. It’s exactly as I imagined it looking!

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Yowzah, complain complain! Dare I say it, a wealthy family like the Blacks would probably never eat in the kitchen, and I bet it’s not too narrow for all the houseelves that worked there once upon a time. I love it! I kinda wish it was my kitchen. I bet Martha Stewart could do something to liven it up. Hmm…though it might fight back…

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I thought it would be more square, too, but still, it’s cool to see a preview of the movie set. I’m always amazed at the creativity of people who make them. Disappointing that we can’t follow the stairs and doors up to the rest of the house.

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sweet! i wish you could look around more though!!

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Yo Luna, thanks for that link to the report. I’m ganna print it out, cuz I have no time to read it now, and I’ll comment here on it later. :D

Posted by LizetM on June 20, 2007 @ 12:26 AM

no problem

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I agree with you Felipe. Is it so hard to respect a description from a book? It kills me when I feel betrayed by an adaptation.

One wonders if they ever read these books seriously and attentively…

How irritating.

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I just wanted to point out, for anyone still having trouble getting further down the room—if you go to the controls at the bottom there is an option to “show hot spots” and if you do that, you can see where to click to move down the room. There are 3 or 4 places you can stop at and then go 360 around and see it from all angles. I wish you could go just a bit more up and down, but oh, well.

Is the boiler room at the far end? I pictured it lower down, you have to crouch to get into Kreacher’s nest don’t you? This is actually up a couple of steps, I thought it was a pantry (they mention a pantry in the book). That area near the middle, where there are doors and a rope hanging, is that a dumbwaiter? Neat idea, not mentioned in the book though.

I agree, there should be more stone, less wood. I expected the fireplace to be all stone or brick, and for the stove and the fireplace to be close together. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a big kettle or cauldron hanging over the fire in the fireplace. And I imagined the entire room to be more square, less long and rectangular. This one will be quite cramped when a lot of people are present for dinner.

Which door leads to the rest of the house, I wonder? I am glad to see this but I did expect more, the article seems to indicate you will be able to tour more of the house, or am I just reading it wrong? Maybe they don’t show more of the house in the movie? But that can’t be true, because they show the Black family tapestry, right? and that’s upstairs in the parlor.

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darn! I still can’t see the hotspots to move down the room- I just get a paler rectangle when I click that button. Oh well..

I was also trying the click on door handles and turn into the staircase for a while! :D It would be nice to explore the house properly as apparently the set really has been built as a house and I’d love to see the tapestry close up.

The kitchen is much narrower and longer than I expected. Maybe camera angles will make it appear the right width on screen?

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Oh, stop all the “we can’t get out of the kitchen” whinging. Consider how hard the twins were trying to get INTO the kitchen!

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There’s a new French behind the scenes video which, amongst other things, explains why Grimmauld Place sets are so unnaturally narrow- it’s because the house is normally squeezed behind next-door’s drain pipe! I really like that idea! The video is long to download but is great. http://harrypotterinfo.free.fr/videos/reportages/DanslescoulissesdHarryPotteretlOrdreduPhenixparCanalPlus01072007.wmv

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