Harry Potter fans' wet dreams come true.

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  1. eliasbboy

    eliasbboy Insert Witty Title Here Staff Member

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    Hogwarts for Muggles: How YOU can fly on a broomstick, ride the Knight Bus and see all the behind-the-scenes magic of the Harry Potter movies




    By Nicole Lampert
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...r-review-See-inside-movie-sets-Leavesden.html

    The joy of Harry Potter has always been the idea of entering a world of magic, wizards and ghosts; being able to turn your horrible cousins into pigs; and battling dragons, goblins and giants. And now you really, truly - well, almost - can.

    J. K. Rowling may have written her last Harry Potter book. The film franchise may also be over. But disconsolate muggles who miss the wizarding world can rejoice as The Making Of Harry Potter studios will open in just a couple of weeks.

    And, using a bit of magic of my own, I managed to get a sneak preview. First, my attire. I did not need to go under the sorting hat to decide I would be a Gryffindor girl for my trip into Harry’s world, just like the lightning-scarred wizard and his friends Hermione and Ron. Who would want to be anything else?

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    Magical mystery tour: Nicole Lampert flies above Hogwarts​



    With my cape, scarf, a lead-weighted copy of Hermione’s ornate wand and a special-edition Firebolt (the Rolls-Royce of the broomstick world) costing £249.99, I was ready for action. The Firebolt was extremely heavy - just like the ones they used in the movie. How on earth did diddy Harry actor Daniel Radcliffe make it look so easy?
    The magic starts in the entrance hall; the flying Ford Anglia used by the Weasleys nestles nonchalantly in a corner, and you can also peer into Harry’s childhood bedroom under the stairs of the Dursley house.




    It is 18 months since Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint (Harry, Hermione and Ron) left Leavesden, near Watford, Herts - their home from home for more than a decade. But they are back in a video to welcome you to the tour.

    Then the doors open into the Great Hall at Hogwarts, decked out for a fabulous dinner, where you can imagine Harry receiving an evil look from his enemy Draco Malfoy.
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    Grand opening: The attraction is due to open its doors on March 31 - just in time for the Easter Holidays​
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    Great Hall: Inside Hogwarts Castle at the studios near Watford, north London. The film set opens to the public for the first time on March 31 - but tickets will cost £83 for a family of four​
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    Details: Original costumes from the films line the walls of the refectory and (left) and (right) Nicole boards the Knight Bus


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    Dumbledore’s office: Built for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets the room is home to the Sorting Hat, The Sword of Gryffindor and Dumbledore’s desk


     
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  2. eliasbboy

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    Daniel once admitted he was close to tears when the hall was partially destroyed for the final scenes of the last movie. But now it has been lovingly rebuilt, brick by brick.


    Before it was a film studio, Leavesden was an aircraft factory, so there’s plenty of space to prove that the real geniuses on the films worked behind the scenes.



    There’s the Gryffindor dormitory, Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s hut, which is tiny - a simple trick to make actor Robbie Coltrane truly look like a giant.



    At the Weasley house I got to try my hand at some real magic, pointing a wand to make an iron start moving, before invisible hands started knitting. Incredible!




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    Harry Potter High Street: Visitors can enjoy a spot of window shopping in the brilliant stores along magical Diagon Alley​
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    Retail wizardry: Visitors can read a few spellbooks at Flourish & Blotts book shop or perhaps choose new wand at Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment​

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    Tickets for the 150,000 square foot attraction will cost £83 for a family of four. Bought individually, they are priced at a staggering £28 for adults and £21 for children​


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    Attractions: Another view of Diagon Alley (left) and the purple triple decker bus used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


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    Attraction: The 150,000 square foot Warner Bros studios are due to open their doors to the public on March 31 - just in time for the Easter holidays. A family ticket will cost £83





    Then I got to fly my broomstick. Sitting in front of a green screen with a fan blowing the wind in my hair, I could really feel what it was like for the actors as I flew over the sights of London and into Hogwarts.


    In the backlot, you can step onto the Knight Bus, created from three vintage London double-deckers, and see Privet Drive, home of the awful Dursleys.

    Then I found myself in Diagon Alley (almost), pressing my face against the window of Ollivander’s wand shop.

    And I’m sure I’m not the only Potter fan who will feel the trickle of a tear when they first see the huge model of Hogwarts. Standing at a 1:24 ratio, with a diameter of 50ft, it contains elements of Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle, where some scenes where shot, but it’s more ornate than any real building.






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    The tour opens with a film about the Harry Potter phenomenon. Visitors then enter a separate auditorium to see footage of stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson





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    Harry's hang out: Gryffindor common room is recreated to the finest detail




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    Film set: The Weasley family kitchen - set ready for dinner - with a bowl of fruit on the table. the studios open their doors on March 31 and tickets can be pre-booked




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    Magical: Professor Umbridge's office inside the Ministry of Magic at the Harry Potter film studios​
     
  3. eliasbboy

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    There are tiny, hand-crafted sculptures and 300 fibre-optic lights that simulate lanterns and even give the illusion of students moving through the hallways.

    For Harry fans the exhibition is a must-see, but parents should note this is not a theme park - there are no rides and very little to touch. And with tickets costing £28 for adults and £21 for children, this is not a cheap day out.

    But it’s a wondrous experience and though it hasn’t even opened yet, the exhibition - which will take 5,000 visitors a day - is practically sold out until September.

    Harry Potter has always been a goldmine. And it appears his magical money-spinning is set to continue.

    Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter opens at Leavesden, Herts, on March 31. Visit wbstudiotour.co.uk




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    Now you can see it: Original costumes from the film including Harry's cloak of invisibility ​

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    In the classroom: The potions room at Hogwarts school with textbooks laid out on the table, left, and some of the animatronics which were used in the films​



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    Proud: Jose Granell, model supervisor, is pictured with the model of Hogwarts Castle. It has been used for every one of the Harry Potter films​
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    Impressive: The model as it appears in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone​
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    Chance for all to see: The castle will go on display as part of The Making Of Harry Potter studio tour at Leavesden Studios, London
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    Incredible: This extraordinary model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is due to go on display for the first time
     
  4. tomtom

    tomtom Well-Known Member

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    I worry about you elias.
     
  5. jackie the jerk

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    I was hoping it was whats her name naked, thats my wet dream.
     
  6. GSD

    GSD Active Member

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    More ways to help kids manipulate the parents into spending $$$$$$$$$ :facepalm:


    Never got your updates the other day if you sent them :dontknow:
     
  7. DarkFriday

    DarkFriday Fired as a MOD...Twice. Gold

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    Ditto. :coffee:


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  8. deidler

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    What's with the headless mannequins?
     
  9. gwartney

    gwartney Unafilliated Gold

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    It will be the culmination of a dream for me when I get to visit that museum. I may carve a lightning bolt scar into my forehead before going.
     
  10. HAL

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    The first movie was hard to masturbate too
     
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    No it isn't :pedo:


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  12. HAL

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    Hhhmmmmmmmmmm........... :SeXt:
     
  13. Shivvy

    Shivvy 100k Post Club

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    Same here
     
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    I'm still proud to say I have never watched one second of any of those movies.
     
  15. Cutlass

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    With decorations like these you would think it was a movie with black wizards.




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  16. BaddFunn

    BaddFunn Kick ass fuck yeah VIP

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  17. mattyfishrip197

    mattyfishrip197 Well-Known Member

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    man wtf is wrong with u...from the title ...i though someone had a gape pix of her-my-kneez grainger
     
  18. whatsit

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    I'd love you see it. That looks much better than the theme park.
     
  19. HeinousMark

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    Count me in on the Emily Watson thing...very disappointing thread...
     
  20. Pony

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    That looks incredible. Too bad you have to go to England to experience it.