Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Reveals Latest Prop Addition
It was announced a few weeks ago that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter would be holding its very first Dark Arts special feature over the October school break to celebrate the opening of a new permanent section. Tying in with that new theme, the studios have revealed their first new major addition: none other than Nagini the snake!
Prop makers Neil Ellis, John Weller and Pierre Bohanna, who worked on the Harry Potter film series, were up in the early hours of Tuesday morning delivering the first in a range of sinister, weird and wonderful props to a new Dark Arts feature at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. The team carried the model of Voldemort’s snake, Nagini, down Diagon Alley to take its position in the Dark Arts area, which will be officially unveiled on Tuesday 14th October.
While the new feature does not open until next week, we can see pictures of the 20-foot-long snake being moved to its new home:
Creating Nagini took a lot of hard work, and with the addition of the prop to the studios, we can learn more about how the snake was created:
Meticulously handcrafted using the original mould that was first fashioned for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the 20-foot Nagini model will be the centrepiece of the original Malfoy Manor table in the new Dark Arts exhibit – the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening. Nagini was first seen in the fourth film and had characteristics of both a python and an anaconda. A model of the snake was created to scale and then digitally scanned.
Nagini’s role was considerably larger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2, so she was revamped to be an even more threatening presence. A live python was studied by the Visual Effects Department, who not only sketched and filmed the snake but [also] took high-resolution images of the individual scales. These images were used to create new textures and colours that added iridescence and a snakeskin’s reflective properties. Nagini was still primarily a python but with added cobra and viper-like movements.
Are you going to the Dark Arts event? What do you think of Nagini? What else do you want to see in this new section?