From special effects to costumes, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter offers families the chance to go behind the camera and discover filmmaking secrets from one of the most successful film series of all time.
As well as free parking, a complimentary cloakroom and children’s menu options, the Studio Tour offers a range of amenities and added extras for families visiting the attraction. Here’s a list of top tips to take into consideration when planning your visit...
Book your tickets in advance
Tickets must be pre-booked and can’t be purchased at the Studio Tour. You can book online or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900 (lines are open from 8am – 6pm on weekdays, from 9am – 5pm on weekends and are charged at local rates). Availability is especially limited on weekends and school holidays so advance booking is recommended. Family tickets are offered and children aged four and under go free!
Plan your journey
Families visit from as close as London and as far away as Australia. Wherever you’re travelling from, you can plan your journey in advance by using the Studio Tour’s journey tool. Drivers can use the car park for free and a shuttle bus is also provided from our nearest train station, Watford Junction (a return ticket costs £2.50).
Pick up an Activity Passport
Children can get their own magical passport from the information desk before entering the Tour; this is free and features lots of engaging activities. There are stamps which can be collected at various locations, as well as a Golden Snitch hunt and lots of questions to answer about the making of the Harry Potter film series.
Share your birthday
If a member of your family is celebrating a birthday during your visit, please alert a member of staff who will be delighted to join the celebrations and present them with their own birthday badge.
Hire a Digital Guide
Families travelling from far and wide may wish to hire a Digital Guide. Available in nine languages, the Digital Guide features behind-the-scenes extras including an exclusive clip from Daniel Radcliffe’s first audition. For convenience, you can pre-book these with your tickets and discounted family packages are available.
Practise your wand moves
Children particularly enjoy taking part in the attraction’s interactive wand combat lesson. Created with Paul Harris, the world’s only wand combat choreographer who worked on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the experience offers budding duellers the chance to learn the same wand moves that were taught to cast members.
Ride a broomstick over Hogwarts
You can try your hand at ‘flying’ by putting on a Hogwarts house robe and climbing aboard a broomstick in our green screen area. Developed with the same technology that was used during filming, the experience gives you the chance to see Quidditch from the crew’s point of view and it’s free to take part (souvenir photos and videos are also available).
Take lots of photos
Cameras are encouraged throughout the Studio Tour so make sure you take lots of pictures and make memories on the actual sets from the Harry Potter film series. You can have your photo taken pushing a trolley through the wall on Platform 9 ¾ and in Mr Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia as well as pose for a picture in the Great Hall.