The Warner Brothers Studio Tour London brings the world is Harry Potter to life by actually guests the chance to see the props and sets used in the movies. Today, the Studio Tour announced their biggest expansion to date with a trip into the vaults of Gringots.
From Harry Potter first discovering Diagon Alley to the famous trio escaping on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in their quest for a Horcrux, Gringotts Wizarding Bank played an important role in the Harry Potter film series. On 6th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will unveil a permanent addition allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and so much more.
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Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.
Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created the for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.
Gringotts will officially open on April 6th, and will be included with Studio Tour admission.
While this will be the actual set that was used to film the Harry Potter movies, you can already get a glimpse of Gringotts Bank at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, with the Escape from Gringotts.
Video-Check out the full queue from and tour from Escape From Gringotts
To actually walk in the sets where the film is as made is an amazing experience. The Warner Brothers Studio Tour London has made several of these moments happen, and has truly brought the films to life while actually using the props from the movies to make it happen.
For more information, and tickets, visit the official Studio Tour website.