Staff and pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were left spellbound after visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. They enjoyed a breathtaking tour of the Studios where all eight Harry Potter films were produced. Studio Tour provided the pupils with an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films – the most successful film series of all time. The pupils 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 unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time.
The highlights for the pupils were the breathtaking 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 pupils 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 Seona Mulvey, English teacher at Saint Paul’s, said: “People all over the 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 highlights for me were having the opportunity to walk the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encountering the fantastic animatronic creatures and wandering down Diagon Alley,” added Andrea Williams, English teacher at Saint Paul’s.
“Our pupils appreciated the opportunity to experience the magic of Harry Potter with its wonderful special effects and amazing creatures through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the iconic Harry Potter film series to life,” commented Head Teacher, Mrs Fiona Minshall. “They were able to relive the magic as they viewed many memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.”