Lot of interest in Indian, Japanese and European markets
STEENA JOY – Bangkok
The Warner Bros Studio Tour on The Making of Harry Potter which opened in March this year, has evoked a great response from tourists, both within Britain and internationally. The 120,000 sq ft studio located in Leavesden, London houses the original sets of the iconic Harry Potter films. The location was originally an aerodrome where planes were manufactured. “Warner Bros saw the potential of setting up a studio tour based on the films and decided to display all the sets in one location,” informed Sophie Havard, business development manager, Warner Bros Studio Tour.
The three hour-tour is essentially self guided (except for The Great Hall) and includes a lot of interactive activity. The tour features authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series and showcases the British artistry, technology and talent that went into producing these iconic movies. The Great Hall which is one of the first sets built at Leavesden Studios can seat 400 children. It was one of the only sets to be used in all eight films in the series. The studio tour can accommodate only 5,000 people in a day and hence tickets must be pre-booked. At present tickets cost 28 pounds for an adult and 21 pounds for a child.
Havard added, “The tour is a hit with a lot of domestic visitors but we are also seeing a lot of interest from the Japan, France, Germany and India markets.”