Hogwarts Express Pulls Into WB Studio Tour London
This March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is set to unveil a 20,000 square foot expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films' most iconic scenes were created as well as give visitors the chance to climb aboard the train's carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.
"We can't wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour's third anniversary in March," said Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, in the announcement. "The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films so we're excited that it will be taking center stage in the new area. It's the piece that visitors have most requested to see and we're expecting a fantastic response."
Officially opening on March 19, visitors will be able to walk along the train's adjoining carriage and sit in the interior carriage set that was used during filming. A selection of prop luggage will be on display and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial. A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.
Learn more about the new Platform 9 ¾ section, featuring the original Hogwarts Express, here.