Exclusive After Hours Access: When the doors close to the public on the 19th May 2017, Golden Tours customers will be given the chance to attend this extra-special event for a truly incredible experience at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. You'll even get the chance to meet actor and sports personality Martin Bayfield, body double for the character of Hagrid.
Guests can walk the flagstones of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall in all its glory before viewing many of the famous sets, including the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore’s office, and the Gryffindor common room. Visitors will also get an exclusive look at the new permanent expansion – The Forbidden Forest which will open on 31 March.
The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but Golden Tours guests are invited to follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the forest, which is home to an abundance of creatures. Adventurers will be welcomed through the Hogwarts Gates by the beloved half-giant Hagrid deep into the forest. It is here that guests will meet Martin Bayfield to hear stories about life on set, including what it was like to wear the half giant costume and animatronic head.
Visitors will then walk beneath the giant entwined roots and will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. As Golden Tour guests venture deeper into the depths of the forest, they will come face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before guests along with spiderlings from his family.
While exploring the attractions, attendees will also be able to enjoy experiences that have been specifically added like the special demonstration courtesy of Oscar®-winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, from the Harry Potter film series. They’ll get the chance to learn wand moves and can ‘fly’ a broomstick like a member of the cast in the Studio Tour’s green screen experience.
Meet Martin Bayfield: Meet 6‘10’’ England rugby star Martin Bayfield who appeared as Hagrid in scenes where he needed to be bigger than the setting around him and hear his stories about life on the Harry Potter film sets and what it was like to wear the half giant costume and animatronic head.
Wand Combat: A special chance to learn spectacular wand moves with an interactive experience created by Paul Harris, the Wand Combat Choreographer who worked on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™.
Encounter the Death Eaters™: Catch a glimpse of the mysterious Death Eaters™ in the shadows of Diagon Alley™ as the lights dim and the music becomes more foreboding.
The Perfect Souvenir: Each booking group receives a keepsake souvenir guide book, signed by John Richardson!
Try a Butterbeer™: The perfect chance to try a cup of frothy Butterbeer™ – this non-alcoholic beverage is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch. The event includes a delicious Butterbeer™ in the Backlot café.
Full Access to the Studio Tour: Take a look inside the original Hogwarts Express, pose for pictures on Platform 9¾, wander around unbelievable sets and see costumes and props used in the Harry Potter film series. Fly on a broomstick with the amazing green screen experience, see incredible animatronics and witness the unbelievable level of intricacy and detail that went into making the world-famous movie series. Explore Dumbledore’s office, visit the Gryffindor common room, see Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and take a look at a 20 foot model of Voldemort’s snake Nagini.