Hogwarts Express arrives at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Date Posted: 04/02/2015

The iconic wizarding locomotive will feature in a new permanent exhibition in The Making of Harry Potter tour, from 19th March.

Originally opened on 31st March 2012, The Making of Harry Potter, run through Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, wowed wizarding enthusiasts the world over by offering up-close explorations of the film’s iconic settings, scenes and special effects.

Now, as part of a major expansion spanning 20,000 feet, the film franchise’s popular locomotive, the Hogwarts Express, will star in a recreation of the magical landing stage, Platform 9 ¾.

The set, designed by Oscar and BAFTA winning production designer Stuart Craig, will feature the Hogwarts Express billowing out steam upon a set of realistic tracks.

The 78-year-old steam engine known formerly as no: 5972 ‘Olton Hall’ was rescued from obscurity from a preservation centre in Lancashire, for use in what would become the most successful film-franchise of all time.

Now, visitors can board the train and explore its carriages, discovering the filming and special effect process behind many of Hogwarts Express most memorable scenes.

Highlights include the escapades of Harry’s first chocolate frog, and the sinister Dementor attack.

In addition to exploring the train, visitors to the expanded attraction will be able to visit a train-themed souvenir shop offering a wide range of Harry Potter and Hogwarts Express themed memorabilia.

They will also be able to push prop luggage trolleys and watch them ‘disappear’ through the platform wall.

Opening on 19th March, the new section adds to the tour’s existing highlights of the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office and Diagon Alley.

Tickets must be pre-booked. For more information visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.

Picture credit: 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights JKR.

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