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Each of the hippogriff Buckbeak’s feathers was hand picked and dyed and sewn in individually


Professor Umbridge’s offi ce, the Hogwarts bridge, the door to the Chamber of Secrets and the Weasley’s kitchen, which is a tes- tament to the fabulous interactive special effects. Visitors can trigger sensors with hand movements or by pointing a wand to make knives chop, spoons stir pots and a brush scrub a saucepan. The Ministry of Magic is too big to dis-


play in its entirety, but visitors can see the enormous fi replaces that make up part of the fl oo network (a magical way of travel- ling) with chimney fl ues that go right up to the ceiling. Also on display will be the Magic is Might Monument – a huge statue of muggles (a person without magical abil- ity) being repressed. Details of more sets will be revealed closer to opening.


PROFOUND EFFECTS Special effects supervisor John Richardson worked on all the Harry Potter


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ABOUT HARRY POTTER


Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J K Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adoles- cent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts


School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to subjugate non-magical people (muggles), con- quer the wizarding world, and destroy all those who stand in his way,


fi lms and has been responsible for every special effect and mechanical device. “All the props were kept, as we didn’t know what would be featured in the future fi lms,” he explains. “When the fi rst fi lm was made, only three of the books had been published. The special effects team only found out what tricks they’d have to be performing once they got the new book – along with everyone else. A huge green screen, along with many


of the brooms used, demonstrates how the fl ying sequences were created and how


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especially Harry Potter. The book series has sold about 450 million copies and has been trans- lated into 67 languages. The fi lm franchise is the highest grossing fi lm franchise of all time, with the eight fi lms released grossing £6.6bn (7.6bn, $10.3bn) worldwide.


the broom rigs developed over the years. A pole arm which swings the broomsticks round uses the same technology that aero- plane simulators are built on. The main fl ying device is electronically operated while some broomsticks ran on tracks. “The fi rst broomstick we made was built


to fl y young children,” says Richardson. “Over the course of the series, stronger and larger brooms had to be built to grow with the children. In the last fi lm, Harry and Ron rescue Malfoy and Goyle, so we had to come up with a new way to have four


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