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KATHERINE LAWREY


Turns out that if Dumbledore had ever needed to use the Muggle invention of the telephone, he would have had easy access to any phone


number he wanted. In the Warner Bros set for the Hogwart’s headmaster’s office, the many books lining the walls


are in fact leather-bound phone books. The Warner Bros Studio Tour, which I took just before it officially opened on March 31, is filled with cinematic secrets like that. Visitors will discover exactly how they made Hagrid appear so tall, and what happened when Ron and Harry outgrew the original beds in their Gryffindor dormitory. The tour is at Leavesden Studios in


Watford (adult £28, child £21). I made my way there easily enough from London – it’s a 20-minute train ride from Euston to Watford Junction, where shuttle buses run between the station and the attraction. Superbreak is selling tickets with hotel packages from £178 for a family of four staying at Travelodge Watford, room-only. Tickets are timed, and at the start you watch a short film with Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe introducing the attraction. As Emma says, the film crew are the real wizards of Hogwarts, and the Studio Tour is a tribute to their skill and dedication in bringing the Harry Potter story to life in eight blockbuster films. Some of the


crew have been immortalised in the 300 hand-painted portraits of wizards and witches in the castle. There’s a guide with a microphone in the


Great Hall, but the rest of the tour is self- guided and audio sets are available. First you wander around the various sets, then there’s a close-up look at the prosthetics and animatronics, before you stroll up Diagon Alley. The tour concludes with an impressive 1:24-scale model of Hogwarts. There are also some interactive exhibits – that cost extra – but will appeal to Harry Potterbuffs, such as riding a broomstick against a green screen (how they filmed the Quidditch scenes). A souvenir photo taken from the video will set you back £12 or you can have your photo edited into a most wanted-style “have you seen this wizard?” poster for £15. Although it is a costly attraction once


you’ve factored in the extras for a family day out, it’s bound to be popular. It’s already sold out for the next couple of months. Superbreak’s trade sales development manager, Chris Cundall, says: “We asked for our initial allocation to be increased due to high demand.”


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