Warner Bros. Studio Tour infographic charts the history of Harry Potter

by Julia on November 18, 2019

Calling all Harry Potter fans! A new infographic that brings to life the production of the films, the creation of the world-renowned Warner Bros. Studio Tour and some very interesting facts has just been released.

There’ll be no more arguments with your mates about whether The Prisoner of Azkaban came out before The Half-Blood Prince, or which year the first Harry Potter film was launched. The new infographic takes readers through a timeline of the key movie dates and events which led up to the creation of the Studio Tour, which opened in 2012.

The history of the site on which the Tour takes place is fascinating. Over the years since 1939, the land has been home to both military and Rolls-Royce aircraft production, a private flying club, a filmset for movies such as GoldenEye and Sleepy Hollow, and eventually the studio for the Harry Potter films.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the first film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – started production. In the years leading up to 2010, each of the films was produced at what was now known as Leavesden Studios. Not every scene was filmed there though; Hagrid’s Hut in The Prisoner of Azkaban was deconstructed and rebuilt 2,000 feet up a mountain in Scotland!

2011 marked the release of the final Harry Potter film, with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter opening the follow year.

Guests got to make their way through the Great Hall into the world of Harry Potter, exploring sets, playing with props and even flying a broomstick.

The site’s inauguration in April 2013 was a seminal moment for the franchise, which was attended by esteemed guests HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and author JK Rowling.

The infographic can be viewed on this page. For more on the history of Warner Bros. Studio Tour, please visit https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/our-history.

Did You Know?

  • Daniel Radcliffe got through 160 pairs of glasses while filming the series.

  • He also spent so much time underwater when filming The Goblet of Fire, he gained his PADI diving certificate.

  • In 2018, the Tour celebrated receiving its 10 millionth visitor.

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