Good news for Harry Potter fans because this October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts. Encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, this will mark the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since its opening.
Since opening its doors in 2012, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has attracted Potter fans the world over. Housed in Leavesden, a 200-acre studio complex in southeastern England, the tour provides an amazing opportunity for fans to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films under one roof.
Now, however fans can look forward to new additions to the tour, which primarily explores the Dark Arts. “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Halloween,” commented Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. “The new addition will showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”
The current Malfoy Manor fireplace for example, will be expanded to showcase the full set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage will be suspended above the set, while a life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini will sit on the mahogany table.
Officially launching on Tuesday 14th October, the new section will also include a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. Visitors will be able to see these weird and wonderful props up close, including the mysterious Hand of Glory, the Vanishing Cabinet and the sarcophagus that hid Harry.
To celebrate the launch of the new permanent additions, the Studio Tour will also offer extra Dark Arts activities throughout the October half-term. From Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November, a section of the Halloween feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be on display in Hogwarts’ Great Hall.