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A scale model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London. The 1:24 scale model, which 86 artists and crew members to construct, was rebuilt and altered many times for the films.

Harry Potter studio tour outside London

It's the wizardry of the prop, costume and set designers who brought the world of Harry Potter to life in a film studio on the outskirts of London. Warner Bros. still makes movies on the former site of the Leavesden Aerodrome, but the real star here is "The Making of Harry Potter" studio tour that opened in March.

One of the mischievously moving staircases of the
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One of the mischievously moving staircases of the Hogwarts castle at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

The
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The "Making of Harry Potter" tour begins as visitors enter the Great Hall of Hogwarts.

Two of the four house tables in the
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Two of the four house tables in the Great Hall have been removed to make room for visitors to the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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A Hogwarts house table is set in the
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A Hogwarts house table is set in the Great Hall.

The Great Hall also houses the Gryffindor crest
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The Great Hall also houses the Gryffindor crest and school uniforms.

The
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The "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour outside of London takes visitors into the Great Hall of Hogwarts, which features the faculty table and costumes.

Lovable, half-giant Hagrid dwarfs fellow faculty members represented
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Lovable, half-giant Hagrid dwarfs fellow faculty members represented by costumed mannequins on the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Costumes -- and a magical eye prop --
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Costumes -- and a magical eye prop -- used by Mad-Eye Moody and Professor Trelawney at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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The podium where Hogwarts' headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, would
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The podium where Hogwarts' headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, would address the Great Hall at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

One of the Great Hall's torch lights at
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One of the Great Hall's torch lights at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Costumes for the gala Yule Ball at the
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Costumes for the gala Yule Ball at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Decorations from the gala Yule Ball set at
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Decorations from the gala Yule Ball set at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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"Chocolate" desserts served to students in the Great Hall are displayed at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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This statue is part of the Griffin Stairwell
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This statue is part of the Griffin Stairwell set at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Sign posts like this one guide visitors through
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Sign posts like this one guide visitors through the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The Hogwarts headmaster's office and Albus Dumbledore's costume
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The Hogwarts headmaster's office and Albus Dumbledore's costume at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

You can find Professor Dumbledore -- or at
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You can find Professor Dumbledore -- or at least his costume -- in the headmaster's office at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

A Hogwarts castle denizen at the
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A Hogwarts castle denizen at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

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Welcome to potions class with Professor Snape at
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Welcome to potions class with Professor Snape at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Dolores Umbridge's elaborately decorated office, characteristically pink and
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Dolores Umbridge's elaborately decorated office, characteristically pink and creepy, at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

You never know where the magical Mirror of
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You never know where the magical Mirror of Erised will turn up to show you, according to Professor Dumbledore, "the deepest and most desperate desire of one's heart." Right now, it's at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The Gryffindor common room is part of the
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The Gryffindor common room is part of the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The Gryffindor common room fireplace -- the one
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The Gryffindor common room fireplace -- the one Harry used to communicate with Sirius Black -- at the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

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The Gryffindor dorm room at the
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The Gryffindor dorm room at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Harry's trunk and bed -- a little snug
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Harry's trunk and bed -- a little snug for actor Daniel Radcliffe in the later films -- at the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

Vistors stop by Hagrid's hut at the Warner
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Vistors stop by Hagrid's hut at the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

Inside Hagrid's hut at the
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Inside Hagrid's hut at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Hagrid's motorbike and sidecar at the
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Hagrid's motorbike and sidecar at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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It's the only way to fly! Part of
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It's the only way to fly! Part of the magical broomstick collection at "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Office towers of the Ministry of Magic at
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Office towers of the Ministry of Magic at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

Ministry of Magic fireplaces, where wizarding workers arrive
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Ministry of Magic fireplaces, where wizarding workers arrive and depart, are part of the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Sculpted from foam and then hand-painted, the chilling
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Sculpted from foam and then hand-painted, the chilling statue of Muggles being crushed by the might of wizards belongs to the darkest days at the Ministry of Magic --and to the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets at
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The entrance to the Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

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Costumes for Lord Voldermort and Lucius Malfoy are
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Costumes for Lord Voldermort and Lucius Malfoy are on the Malfoy Manor set of the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

Bellatrix Lestrange's costume at the
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Bellatrix Lestrange's costume at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England

Where could your galleons be safer than at
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Where could your galleons be safer than at Gringotts, the goblin-run bank in Diagon Alley?

The Gringotts vault door, with its dozens of
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The Gringotts vault door, with its dozens of interlocking mechanical parts, at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Diagon Alley -- the wizarding shopping center in
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Diagon Alley -- the wizarding shopping center in Harry Potter's London -- is a highlight of the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden.

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Need to send someone an owl? Take a
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Need to send someone an owl? Take a walk through Diagon Alley at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

A Diagon Alley storefront in the Warner Bros.
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A Diagon Alley storefront in the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The highlight of a walk down Diagon Alley
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The highlight of a walk down Diagon Alley is the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes joke shop.

Looking at the secrets of creature creation at
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Looking at the secrets of creature creation at the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

Hagrid's friend, Aragog the spider, hangs out at
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Hagrid's friend, Aragog the spider, hangs out at the"Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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Care for a game of Wizard's Chess? You'll
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Care for a game of Wizard's Chess? You'll find the pieces from the movie on display at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

You can step aboard the Knight Bus on
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You can step aboard the Knight Bus on the back lot of Warner Bros.' "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

Another larger-than-life Wizard's Chess piece at the
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Another larger-than-life Wizard's Chess piece at the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The Potter home, where the story began with
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The Potter home, where the story began with an attack by Lord Voldermort, sits on the back lot of Warner Bros.' "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

The Hogwarts bridge on the back lot part
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The Hogwarts bridge on the back lot part of the Warner Bros. "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, outside of London.

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The Riddle family tomb used in a dramatic
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The Riddle family tomb used in a dramatic cemetery scene is on display for the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

You can walk right up to the Dursley
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You can walk right up to the Dursley home in the back lot of the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, England.

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