Warner Bros. Studio Tour Celebrates First Anniversary
It has been exactly a year since Warner Bros. welcomed its legions of fans over the threshold of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Since the star-studded grand opening last March, the tour has won over the hearts of fans and critics alike with its all-access insight into bringing this iconic story to life. It’s only fitting, then, that the studio tour should celebrate in style, and MuggleNet was on hand to witness the many treats on offer.
The first treat of the day was the 1st Year Anniversary badges being handed out to every visitor. Then, one lucky person from each group was offered limited-edition prizes at the start of the tour while everyone else was promised more prizes and surprises as they made their way through, speaking with the incredibly knowledgeable Interactors. However, the taster that piqued our interest was the offer to visit Hagrid’s hut (invisibility cloak optional). As we arrived, we were treated to the very special appearance of the true Potter trio: Hedwig, Pigwidgeon, and Crookshanks.
We were also fortunate enough to have a quick word with the brilliant Julie Tottman, animal trainer on all eight of the Potter films, which is featured in the video below.
After these exciting tidbits, we were once again allowed to enjoy the wonders of the tour at our leisure before diving headfirst into the gift shop. For any Quidditch players out there, it is worth noting that the tour has released a whole range of sports merchandise, including Quaffles and Bludgers as well as House-branded kits.
So one year on and the studio tour is as fantastic as ever. After celebrating its millionth ticket sale at the end of the last year, you would be forgiven for thinking things may have slowed down. However, neither of us in attendance today had seen the place quite so busy despite having five previous visits between us. This is further proof that the magic of Potter will live on for many years to come.