The Making of Harry Potter

FRCH Creative Fuel, The Making of Harry Potter

Back in 2000 an enterprising production team made its way to a UK film studio. The idea was based on a book about a young boy with a lighting-bolt-shaped scar who learns that he is a wizard. Hundreds of talented individuals brought to life a decade worth of productions for the Harry Potter films, based on seven enchanted books by beloved author JK Rowling.

Last month I had the opportunity to visit the Warner Brothers Studio tour of The Making of Harry Potter on the outskirts of London, England. It was an incredible behind-the-scenes glimpse into the construction sets, props and sound-stage of the movies where the actors and crew worked for more than 10 years.

The studio tour included a collection of drawings, stories, costumes, creatures, photographs, special effects and unforgettable sets. We toured The Great Hall, Gryfindor’s common room and dormitory, Dumbledore’s office, the Potions room, Hagrid’s hut, Gringot’s Bank vault, the Quidditch field, The Office of the Ministry of Magic, Platform 9 ¾, Hogwarts Express, Privot Drive, The Knight Bus, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Bridge and even the Forbidden Forest.

Some of my favorite parts of the tour were the 1:24 scale model of the Hogwarts castle and the amazing props room. It was wonderful to see examples of graphic, interior, architecture and fashion design projects in such a fun environment – while celebrating the time, craft and processes used to deliver that level of detail to adoring fans all over the world.

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