Something dark is brewing at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter as fans get the chance to follow the Dark Mark during the popular Dark Arts feature this October.
From Friday 24th September – Sunday 7th November, the Dark Arts feature will focus on the symbol of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters as the Dark Mark is projected throughout the Studio Tour for fans to follow on their visit. Between the imposing trees of the Forbidden Forest or the turrets of the Hogwarts Castle model, visitors can collect a Studio Tour passport on arrival and go on the hunt for the Dark Mark.
In celebration of Hallowe’en, a fan-favourite returning this year will be the ceiling of floating pumpkins in the magnificent Great Hall, as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Each uniquely carved pumpkin was hand-crafted by Head Propmaker on the Harry Potter film series, Pierre Bohanna and his team as well as much of the Hallowe’en feast which will laden the tables of the Great Hall.
Visitors to the Studio Tour are also invited to learn the moves behind a wand combat scene, just like the Battle of Hogwarts, in a live duel with Death Eaters. The Wand Choreographer from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Paul Harris, described the importance of wand combat as a ‘’physical element to casting a spell, because otherwise what makes one wizard better than another?’’ Fans will learn a sequence from the famous battle scene and practise their spells on Death Eaters during their visit.
Brave guests are invited to dine amongst Death Eaters as the Studio Tour’s Hogwarts After Dark events return this year. Available on 6th, 7th and 8th October, guests will start their evening with smoking dry ice cocktails and canapés before venturing into the Great Hall, decorated with 100 floating pumpkins. All new for 2021, guests will enjoy a delicious two-course dinner amongst the popular interior sets of the Studio Tour including the Potions classroom and Dumbledore’s office. The lights will be dimmed and the music more foreboding as the Studio Tour will be patrolled by Death Eaters during the spooky evening.
After finishing their meal, guests will grab a lantern and follow the spiders into the Forbidden Forest where dessert will be served amongst the imposing trees and creatures found in the out of bounds section of Hogwarts. Throughout the evening, guests will duel with Death Eaters and learn about movie magic such as creating troll snot and unicorn blood from the iconic movie scenes.
The Studio Tour’s Dark Arts feature will run from Friday 24th September – Sunday 7th November. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all Dark Arts additions are included in the ticket price.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter offers visitors the ultimate chance to get up close to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. The Studio Tour has been well received with 95% of the 40,000+ reviews on TripAdvisor rating it as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’.
Highlights include walking through the Great Hall where so many famous scenes were shot, strolling down Diagon Alley, boarding the original Hogwarts Express locomotive at Platform 9 ¾ and exploring the newly opened Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900 and cannot be bought at the attraction.
The Studio Tour’s ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ events will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th October from 7:30pm until midnight and are open to over 18s only. Guests will be seated at tables of 10 or 12 and tickets are priced at £260pp. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on 24TH August for Harry Potter Gold members and 26th August for general release. Tickets will be available to purchase at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-
- Arrival cocktails and canapé reception before a black carpet and smoky reveal into the Great Hall
- Two-course dinner served amongst the interior sets with tailored drinks package
- Death Eater entertainment during dinner
- Guest appearance from Paul Harris to teach the wand combat moves seen in the battle scenes
- Desserts in the Forbidden Forest and further drinks on Platform 9 ¾
- Butterbeer and souvenir green screen photograph
- Personalised character wand for each guest
- Return shuttle service to Watford Junction available