Staff and students were left spellbound after visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. After taking a tour of central London including a good look at Buckingham Palace, the students enjoyed a unique behind-the-scenes walking tour that immersed them into the world of filmmaking, featuring the authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter™ film series.
The breath-taking tour of the Studios provided the students with an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films – the most successful film series of all time. The students were delighted to have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, the visit provided a showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the film series.
The highlights for the students were the breath-taking effect of stepping in and discovering the Great Hall; exploring Dumbledore’s office and the various treasures in there and stepping onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.
The students were able to learn how creatures were brought to life with green screen effects, animatronics and life-sized models and see the iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle.
Ms Andrea Williams, English teacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “Both the students and the staff were buzzing with excitement to see the sets and the props used in the films. The whole experience was amazing. We all had the chance to fly on a broom stick and try the famous Butterbeer. It was fascinating to see how much work went into creating the movies and how they made everything in the films look so realistic.
“The highlights for me were having the opportunity to walk on the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, exploring the Gryffindor common room, the boys' dormitory, Hagrid's hut and Professor Umbridge's office at the Ministry of Magic.”
Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher commented: “People all over the world have been enchanted by the Harry Potter films for over a decade so it was amazing for us to experience the making of the films here in London. We were able to step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind the spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the film series. The trip provided a unique insight into all aspects of the Harry Potter films.”