Located at the studios where all of the Harry Potter films were made, one of the unique treats that The Making of Harry Potter tour offers is that you can walk onto the sets where the films’ stars actually played out the drama. You can see props from the tiniest potion bottle to the flying Ford Anglia car, and get hands-on with special effects used to create the on-screen magic.
But if you want to dig even deeper, there’s now a fantastic chance to explore the craft behind the costumes, on a workshop session that you can add to your tour.
Behind the Seams ventures into the world of the Costume Department, where over 25,000 unique items of clothing were created for the eight films.
From initial sketches to the finished costumes, Behind the Seams is hosted by experts who explain how costumes were aged to look centuries-old and how some pieces of clothing had to be especially durable – after all, the Wizarding World can be tough on your school gown…
For ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, Judianna Makovsky was Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design, and her vision – along with the expertise of the costume department’s team of designers, cutters and makers – can be explored and enjoyed in this detailed workshop. The Behind the Seams experience gives you a closer look at some of the costumes that have never been displayed on the main Studio Tour. These include Lord Voldemort’s robes – especially ‘distressed’ for the Battle of Hogwarts.
This special addition gives you a chance to relive favourite movie moments from an entirely new angle. Remember when gasbag Aunt Marge’s visit to the Dursley’s resulted in her taking off like an inflatable? For just that one scene, the character had 38 different costumes!
You also get to choose your own house colours and see what you look like dressed in one of the original Hogwarts robes from the films. Strike a pose and have your own ‘graduation photo’ to put on your Muggle mantelpiece when you get home.
How to book for Behind the Seams
Behind the Seams lasts up to an hour and is best suited to visitors aged 12 and over. There are bookable sessions at weekends and during school holidays.
Tickets are priced at £65 for adults and £55 for children, including entrance to the Studio Tour and an up to one-hour Behind the Seams session .
TIP: at peak times, the Tour is booked up months in advance, so this is a great way to get tickets and experience a Behind The Seams session.
The Behind the Seams session is available on tours starting at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm. During your visit, just report to one of the staff at a designated meeting point who will guide you to your Behind the Seams experience. Afterwards, you can return to the Studio Tour and continue from where you left off.
Book now at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/behind-the-seams