Tickets Just Went On Sale For Tours Of Gringott's Wizarding Bank
Good news Potterheads: the original set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank is coming to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making Of Harry Potter in April.
It's the biggest expansion of the tour to date, spanning 16,500sqft and tickets are on sale right now. This is not a drill.
In the permanent addition visitors will first be able to walk through the elaborate grand banking hall of Gringotts. Lined by towering marble pillars, just like you remember from the Harry Potter films, it's set to be decorated with three giant crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf.
Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts made for the films 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.
Next, enter 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 vault and surround themselves with treasure.
Finally, you can pass through a gallery of goblins to see the costumes and prosthetics belonging to the Goblin bankers - including those used for Warwick Davis' four-hour transformation into Griphook. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair and vein painstaking inserted one by one. Black contact lenses and sharp-toothed false teeth were also worn - and yeh, they're pretty terrifying.
The tour has been designed and built by many of the original crew members who worked on the film series including Oscar and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna.
The Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion joins existing attractions such as the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, The Forbidden Forest and Platform 9 3/4, on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which first opened in 2012.
What's better news is that entrance to Gringotts will be included in ticket price so you can explore the Gryffindor common room, take a walk down Diagon Alley and climb aboard the Hogwarts Express all in the same trip.
Name a better day out. I'll wait...
Gringotts Wizarding Bank opens on Saturday, 6th April 2019 at The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. Click here for more information and tickets.
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