For the first time ever at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, guests will be able to enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank as part of the tour’s largest expansion to date.
Gringotts has played an important role throughout the Harry Potter film series. On April 6, the Studio Tour will open a permanent addition that will give visitors the chance to walk through the wizarding bank, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and more.
The grand banking hall will be decorated with towering marble pillars, three crystal chandeliers, and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and tiny towers of Galleons, Sickles, and Knuts will be found on the goblin tellers’ desks, just like in the films. The Prop-Making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the last two Potter films alone.
As they walk through the marble columns, guests will see the costumes and prosthetics that belonged to Bogrod, Griphook, and other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to craft; every hair was individually inserted and veins were painted on by hand. It took four hours for actor Warwick Davis to transform into Griphook in the films, which included wearing black contact lenses and dentures with sharp teeth.
Once through the Gringotts banking hall, guests will enter the depths of the Lestrange vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange, including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Guests will also find a unique photo opportunity here, where they can step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.
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This 16,500-square-feet expansion will be the Studio Tour’s biggest addition to date, and has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the magical film series. Entrance to this new expansion will be included in the general admission ticket price.
In addition to the Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will open a brand-new, 17,000-square-foot lobby and café on April 6. This new café will serve food and drinks inspired by the Wizarding World, and will seat up to 500 people.
To learn more about Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, and to purchase tickets, visit WBStudioTour.co.uk.