Brand-new for 2022, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures is arriving at the Studio Tour to shine a spotlight on how your favourite creature effects were brought to life on screen.
The new display is set to feature Cornish Pixies, Dumbledore’s beloved Fawkes and the animatronic Monster Book of Monsters – which, despite being a book, also has just as much personality as any magical creature! In addition, you will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life using a mixture of scale models and CGI in the Creatures Workshop, and be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene.
As part of this special feature, the Studio Tour will also be opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse for the very first time. Fans will know Professor Sprout’s greenhouses very well, as this is where the Hogwarts students take their Herbology lessons and encounter all sorts of amazing magical greenery.
Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. And just like a Hogwarts student, you will be able to step into the greenhouse and pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display. Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, you will also recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as you walk through the greenhouse – so do watch how you go.
This summery makeover of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London also extends to the studio backlot, which will soon include the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.
The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will open at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London 1st July until 12th September, 2022. Visit the official website for more details.