WB Studio Tour Forbidden Forest Expansion

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Some extremely exciting news tonight as Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter reveals its plans to expand – bringing the Forbidden Forest to life:

On 31st March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil an exciting, permanent expansion dedicated to the Forbidden Forest.

The Forbidden Forest may be strictly off-limits to Hogwarts students, but for the first time this March, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are invited to defy Professor Dumbledore’s orders and follow the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione deep into the grounds of the Forbidden Forest.

Home to an abundance of creatures, the Forbidden Forest offers shelter and protection to Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others. It is also well known to beloved half-giant Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor. One of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes will be on display, lantern in hand, to welcome visitors through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet, visitors will walk beneath the giant entwined roots on their journey and will even be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers.

Amongst the imposing trees, visitors will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, which is new to the tour, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. They will see up close the incredible detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the magnificent Hippogriff. Each feather had to be individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team who were busy adding feathers right up until the final moment Buckbeak was needed on set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

As visitors venture deeper into the depths of the forest, they will come face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before visitors along with spiderlings from his family. Created by Nick Dudman, Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer, with help from Production Designer Stuart Craig, Aragog had a leg span of over 18 feet and was even able to crawl out of a hole and deliver dialogue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Officially opening on Friday 31st March, the new, must-see expansion has been designed and built by many of the crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, BAFTA winning Creature and Makeup Effects Designer Nick Dudman and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.

Sarah Roots, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Tours commented: “We are so excited to launch the Forbidden Forest expansion of the Studio Tour, especially on the fifth anniversary of our grand opening. It’s great to be working with so many of the original filmmakers who know so much about the wizarding world. There will be an opportunity to take control of the weather and discover the techniques used to create a realistic forest within a film. We can’t wait to let visitors step into this mysterious set and discover all this amazing detail for themselves.”

Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “Over the course of the eight films, the Forbidden Forest has played a key role and I think it’s an exciting addition to the Studio Tour. The Forbidden Forest is full of mysterious, fascinating and sometimes threatening forces. It represents the great unknown compared to the comfort and safety of Hogwarts and the Gryffindor Common Room which makes it so interesting and important to the development of the story.”

The Forbidden Forest will open on Friday 31st March and entrance will be included in the ticket price.

See some Fantastic Beasts in their natural habitat and learn how they were created – book your tickets now!

Posted on January 28, 2017


Oscar Nominations

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been nominated for two Academy Awards in the upcoming 2017 Oscars.

The nominations are for Costume Design (Colleen Atwood)

 

and Production Design (Stuart Craig & Anna Pinnock)

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live via ABC on February 26th.

Posted on January 24, 2017


Under Construction

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For the next few weeks, this site will be under heavy amounts of (re)construction as we get back on track & up to scratch with all the Fantastic Beasts goings-on!

We hope you’ll bear with us during this time as we aim to stay as your number 1 Fantastic Beasts source all the way up to the final movie release in 2024!

If you have any questions or wish to contact us for any reason, please email fantasticbeastsmovie@gmail.com or simply send us a tweet 🙂

Thank you so much for your patience & for sticking with us for the past 3 years.

The FBM team.

Posted on January 19, 2017


New Book Cover Reveal

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Bloomsbury have revealed their brand new cover for the Fantastic Beasts textbook.

This new edition not only includes a new foreward from J.K Rowling (Newt Scamander), but also the inclusion of 6 new beasts.

This immensely collectible hardback has been revised and updated by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic book up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and the blockbuster film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

New beasts lurk within the pages of this edition and eagle-eyed readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favourites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships, and Tomislav Tomic’s beautiful line illustrations bring many of the beasts to roaring, stomping, growling life.

Jonny Duddle’s new bright and colourful jacket design creates a cohesive look that complements the covers for the seven classic Harry Potter novels, as well as the new look Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

 

 

This new edition will be on sale from March 14th and is available to pre-order right now.

Posted on January 5, 2017


Directing Dobby

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Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter will soon be hosting a brand new and exciting feature – this time centered around house elf Dobby:

This new year, visitors are invited to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches a special feature dedicated entirely to Dobby. Introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby was predominantly a CGI character, filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized intricately detailed physical model.

During filming, an incredibly detailed model of Dobby was created so the cast would know exactly where to look when shooting scenes with the CGI character. Created by Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer Nick Dudman and his team, each detail on the model was hand-painted right down to the veins in his eyes. As part of the feature, this model of Dobby will be freed from his current display to take centre stage at the Studio Tour allowing visitors to see these details up close.

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at the Studio Tour. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen.

Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot Dobby in the window of Harry’s childhood home number four, Privet Drive. The Muggle home will be reopened for the occasion allowing visitors to peek into the Dursleys’ living room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

As you know, house elves also appeared in Fantastic Beasts (remember the Blind Pig bartender or the MACUSA wand polisher?), making this the perfect opportunity to learn more behind-the-scenes secrets of the film!

Directing Dobby will be running from Saturday February 4th right up until Friday March 31st & you can book tickets by clicking right here!

Posted on January 4, 2017