Scale Model of Hogwarts Revealed for The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour

A Hand Sculpted 1:24 scale Model of Hogwarts castle, used in the filming of the Harry Potter series, was revealed to the public for the first time today.

The model, built for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was revised for later films and will be the Grand Finale in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter which opens on March 31st.

Built by a team of 86 artists, the model was revised for the subsequent films. It took so many man hours to build and revise that they would combine to over 74 years.

The castle has a diameter of almost 50 feet and over 2,500 fibre optic lights to simulate lanterns and torches, complete with simulated students passing the windows. It will also feature a four minute day and night cycle to show off the model in its full range of atmospheres.

It is incredibly detailed; from all the doors being hinged, real plants being used for landscaping, and miniature birds being housed in the Owlery. There are even miniature versions of courtyards from Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral, where scenes from the Philosopher’s Stone were shot.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, set to open March 31st, will be a partially-guided walking tour of many of the series’ famous locations including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Dumbledore’s office, the Ministry of Magic, and many more. 

It will also allow fans to see props and creatures from the films including the Sword of Gryffindor, Sorting Hat, Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000, and the Firebolt, along with Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Aragog the giant spider, Fawkes the phoenix and the enormous Basilisk head.

When the stars of the film were asked for comment, Daniel Radcliffe said: “It was such a magical place to grow up; people will be amazed to see the incredible sets that we’ve worked on all these years.”

Rupert Grint added, “The sets all have tiny little details that you may not always notice in the films but when you actually walk through them, you can see all the work that’s gone into it. It’s really amazing.”

And Emma Watson finished by saying, “This is incredible, it’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited.”

Fans wishing to visit will need to book their tickets and select their tour time in advance via (or through approved tour operators). The booking system will be running on a first come-first serve basis. Prices: £28 for adults, £21 for children and £83 for a family of four.

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