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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Presents a Look at the Hogwarts Castle Scale Model

Posted by: Mel
March 02, 2012, 07:33 PM

Warner Bros. has released several pictures of the Hogwarts Castle model, which was used in all of the films for some exterior shots of Hogwarts and which will be the grand finale of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London:

The Hogwarts castle model is the jewel of the Art Department and was built for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™.  It took 86 artists and crew members to construct the first version which was then rebuilt and altered many times over for the next seven films.  The work was so extensive that if one was to add all the man hours that have gone into building and reworking the model, it would come to over 74 years.  The model, which sits at nearly 50 feet in diameter, has over 2,500 fibre optic lights that simulate lanterns and torches and even gave the illusion of students passing through hallways in the films.  To show off the lighting to full effect a day-to-night cycle will take place every 4 minutes so visitors to the Tour can experience its full beauty.


An amazing amount of detail went into the making of the model: all the doors are hinged, real plants are used for landscaping and miniature birds are housed in the Owlery.  To make the model appear even more realistic, artists rebuilt miniature versions of courtyards from Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral, where scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™ were shot.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will open on March 31st. Tickets will be £28 for adults, £21 for children and £83 for a family of four. You must purchase your tickets in advance. You may buy your tickets and learn more about the tour here.

Along with the Hogwarts castle model the Studio Tour will feature looks at other memorable Harry Potter sets:

In addition to the Hogwarts castle model the attraction will contain some of the most iconic Harry Potter film series sets including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore’s office, the Ministry of Magic, Harry Potter’s famouscupboard under the stairs, 4 Privet Drive, Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, the Potions classroom, Professor Umbridge’s office, the Weasley kitchen and the Hogwarts bridge.

The official Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Twitter account release a look at Professor Umbridge's office earlier this week, and you can see that here in our galleries.

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20981 Points

This is so awesome!!! How I wish I could fly over the pond right now and go see all these amazing sets. =9

Posted by LunaLuver on March 03, 2012, 12:50 AM report to moderator
925 Points

It would help if the photographs could be accessed in sequence!!

Posted by Graymayne on March 03, 2012, 01:34 AM report to moderator
68 Points

OMG how I wish I could be in London on March 31st!! :(

Posted by Hedwig_Lives on March 03, 2012, 04:24 AM report to moderator
926 Points

This is great news! Still waiting for that miracle allowing me to go there! :D

Posted by Grindylow_101 on March 03, 2012, 05:35 AM report to moderator
11774 Points

I so want to see this…..

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on March 03, 2012, 08:28 AM report to moderator
OMG I want to go there SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BADLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still hoping for that miracle to allow me to go there!!!! GO HP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by katelyner123 on March 03, 2012, 09:34 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

The castle is truly amazing, even when you look closely at it, you could swear it was made out of real stone! I had the great privilege of seeing it a few years ago when it was at Shepperton. The scale of it has to be seen to be believed :-)

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on March 03, 2012, 11:47 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

I just looked at all the photos, and I love the one with the man standing on the model, because that really does give a proper sense of the scale of it. I can’t wait to go on the tour.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on March 03, 2012, 12:02 PM report to moderator
1317 Points

Sigh!!! Oh to be able to afford a trip across the pond!! How divine is this and the oscars couldn’t see their way clear to honor Stuart Craig. Have lost all respect for those folks. Stuart is a genius!

Posted by hewy on March 03, 2012, 03:53 PM report to moderator
10471 Points

I’m breathless. The detail, the description. . . .

Posted by . on March 03, 2012, 07:43 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

Can’t wait to go to this!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on March 03, 2012, 07:56 PM report to moderator
1527 Points

I can’t wait! It’s going to be amazing!!

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on March 04, 2012, 03:17 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Thats a cool deal!

Posted by Won_Two on March 10, 2012, 10:39 AM report to moderator
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