Warner Bros. Announces Leavesden Studios Plans and Potter Set Tours in 2012


Nov 08, 2010

Posted by John Admin

Warner Bros. have revealed their plans to redevelop Leavesden Studios into a “state-of-the-art filmmaking hub” and provide fans with behind-the-scenes tours of the Harry Potter sets.

Leavesden Studios which is located in Hertfordshire, England, has been home to the Harry Potter films for the past decade.

As part of the renovations, two new soundstages will be built to hold sets used in the Harry Potter films as well as numerous other film memorabilia. The behind-the-scenes tours of these soundstages are tentatively scheduled to begin around Easter 2012.

Early concept art of the new Leavesden can be seen at Empire Online.

Barry Meyer, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO expressed his excitement over the new project, saying:

“Our multi-million pound investment in creating a state-of-the-art, permanent UK film production base further demonstrates our long-term commitment to the skills and creativity of the UK film industry.”

The project is expected to cost £100m, and will provide 300 new jobs in the filmmaking industry. In the past, Leavesden has also been used to film scenes from “The Dark Knight” and “Inception,” both also Warner Bros. films.

Thanks, Tracy, for the news!

29 Responses to Warner Bros. Announces Leavesden Studios Plans and Potter Set Tours in 2012

Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i saw this earlier on mugglenet :) my friend and i are already planning a trip to go in the summer of 2012Avatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: Omg :O. I need to go to this. Avatar Imagespiritbound says: omg i am like 2 hours away from this. i am actually going to live there !!!!!Avatar ImageDumblebridge says: Film making hub sounds interesting - could more films be on the way?Avatar ImageHasrionaOrganisation says: this is a very interesting concept. it could turn the sets of harry potter into a working museum for people to visit, carrying on the harry potter films into the future even though now more will be made (unless Rowling publishes another book). it would definately be interesting to visit the site.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds great! I mean we're all close to a recession, more jobs sounds really great!Avatar Imagehousemusicbori says: nice thing! ( :Avatar Imagethundermountain7 says: my father goes to london every 3 weeks for his work this is the perfect reason why we should go yes.Avatar Imagethundermountain7 says: my father goes to london every 3 weeks for his work this is the perfect reason why we should go yes.Avatar ImagePrincess Leia says: If they get this opened on time, they would catch all the London Olympic tourists, which would be brilliant on their part. And on a personal note... I can't wait to visit!Avatar ImageSindi says: That's great! :D I couldn't imagine them bringing down the set, so this is great to hear :D Hope I get to see it some day ^__^Avatar Imagejillians642 says: I would love to work in their museum. Anyone know if they're looking for Collections Techs, Exhibit Designers or a Curator?Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: Awesome :-D I read this on Empire's site and just new everyone here would be interested in the news. I think it's a fantastic idea for so many reasons. Firstly, it's such a boost for the UK film industry considering the UK Film Council was just closed down, and it's reassuring to know that a company as big as WB still want to work over here. Secondly, it's good that it'll provide so many jobs in such a hard time for employment. And, of course, it's fantastic that there'll always be some of the Harry Potter sets still standing. I definitely intend to visit.Avatar ImageBlueyedbethie82 says: OMG! I plan on moving to the UK, so even though I'll be moving away from from the theme park, this is so much better!!! I can't wait to see this! I think most people are going to be astounded to the magnitude and detail that really went into these sets. This (the books moreso than the movies, but still...) is an important piece of our history now and I'm glad WB decided to keep it in tact. Avatar ImageCatherine says: 1 Word: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and mum dad we are moving to the UK!)Avatar Imageselene21 says: I've benn planning to go to England since last year, the plan is summer 2012, sooooo perfect for this!!!!Avatar ImageHazza P says: 22nd Birthday trip, methinks!! :D So excited. Harry = <3Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: I thought they had destroyed the sets. So glad to see that's not the case!Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: SQUEE!!! This is awesome!! Now I have yet another reason to visit the UK next summer XDAvatar Imagehonigmuffin says: Oh, I'd love to go there when it's finished =D and England is a 2-hour-flight for me, tops :3Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Thats niceAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i think its at least a 7 hour flight to get there from the US and then on top of that im afraid of getting on a plane.Avatar ImageLoonyJennyLovegood says: OMG!!! An hour or two away from my home. :D DEFO Going. :DAvatar ImageShinyPineapple says: Guess I know where I'm going in a few years! :D I wonder how long they'll keep this open? FOOORREEVVERRR?? :DDDDD I think once I'm in college... I'll transfer. I don't really want to take my whole family there....Avatar Imageiris lily says: YES!!!! something that is actually IN MY COUNTRY. 2012.... i bet i can start saving.....Avatar ImageHogwartsHP says: It's a wonderfullllll news, I live nearby England !§! Thanks !§!Avatar Imageglow_freak says: YAY!! That'll be so cool to go see!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That is so awesome!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thats awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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