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Video: London's Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour ready for March 31, 2012 opening date

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The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, which will offer guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Harry Potter movies, is ready for its March 31, 2012 debut.

The tour will include the chance to explore several real sets that were used in the making of the films, including the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and the Ministry of Magic. A number of outdoor locations have also been recreated, including sections of Privet Drive (the home of the Dursleys) and Hogwarts Bridge.

Several recognisable props will be on show, including Hagrid's flying motorbike, the flying Ford Anglia and Harry Potter's first broomstick, the Nimbus 2000. Interactive features will teach guests about the art of special effects creation, including the use of green-screen and animatronics technology.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour has released two time-lapse videos showing off the construction process for the new tour. The first of these shows the recreation of the Great Hall set:

The second video shows the installation of the model of Hogwarts Castle, which was used by the movie's creators to enable aerial photography and was also digitally scanned for computer-generated scenes. Every four minutes, the lighting surrounding the model will be used to simulate a full day-and-night cycle.

The majority of the behind-the-scenes Harry Potter tour will be an unguided walkthrough, although some sections will be guided. Only a limited number of tours are available daily, and bookings can be made via the Warner Bros. Studio Tour website.

For more information about the new attraction, check out Theme Park Tourist's recent preview: 5 Spells that the Warner Bros. Studio Tour will Cast on Harry Potter Fans.

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