Warner Bros. Studio Tours London - The Making of Harry Potter has officially opened its latest film set from the magical film series – Professor Sprout’s greenhouse.
The greenhouse is a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout.
Built by the original film makers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants at. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the studio tour in Leavesden in Hertfordshire will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.
Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, fans of the film will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as they walk through the greenhouse.
Actor Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the series, officially launched the attraction on social media, revisiting the set he would have used more than 20 years ago.
During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated but the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.
What else is new?
In addition to Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in its backlot area with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow, where fans will learn about the camera trickery behind the external scenes of the family home.
During production, The Burrow took film makers 14 weeks to build but only six minutes to burn down in the scene where the Death Eaters set the home ablaze. Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow are permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
Discounted tickets are available for groups of ten or more visitors, with other highlights of the tour including a green screen broomstick ride, the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest and Gingotts Wizarding Bank.
For more information, go to www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.