Since Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opened its doors to the general public in March 2012, there have been special events put on during the UK school holidays such as the Animals of Harry Potter at the end of May. This summer is no exception.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have just announced that this summer visitors to the attraction outside London will be able to partake in a Summer Spelltacular. Visitors will be able to discover the secrets behind spells such as Wingardium Leviosa and how they created the wand magic all fans adore.
Paul Harris will be on hand to teach wand battle choreography. Paul composed the battle scene between Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer.
Visitors will be able to cast spells on Diagon Alley, discover the secrets behind the Patronus charms which will help to make an already magical day out even more exciting.
Other secrets include:
In the first and second films, the wands looked quite plain. This was drastically changed in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the wands were given distinctive shapes and carvings, reflecting the owners’ personalities. For example, the wand of Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) is inlaid with silver slug trails and has a slug-shaped handle.
Some of the cast of the Harry Potter film series had their own ideas about how their characters’ wands should look. Actor Ralph Fiennes said he wanted Voldemort’s wand to look like an evil finger pointing off into the distance; this influence can be seen in the wand he used on screen, which appears to be made of bone.
Over the course of the films the Prop Team created thousands of wands. Rumour has it they never lost a single one — though Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, wore out over 60 wands during the making of the film series.
Hundreds of potion jars line the walls of the Potions classroom, which can be seen at the Studio Tour. Among the ingredients kept in them are plastic animals from a zoo gift shop, baked animal bones from a local butcher shop and dried leaves and herbs.
The Summer Spelltacular will be running at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter from Friday July 26 - Monday September 2. For ticket information and directions go to http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/en/your-visit/getting-here