Ahead of public opening on 16th June, the wizarding shopping street of Diagon Alley was revealed today at Warner. Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter.
Diagon Alley was initially created for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, then repeatedly adapted for subsequent films. Walls shifted, shop fronts were moved, and entire buildings had been carefully tweaked, angled ever-so-slightly to the left of right. During the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, many of the Diagon Alley set pieces were also re-dressed for use in the snowy village of Hogsmeade.
In the three-storey explosion of orange and purple at the end of Diagon Alley, the Weasley twins sold everything from Extendable Ears to Love Potion in their store, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Designed to look like an 18th century storefront, the shop took over three months to build during filming — and most of this time was spent constructing the 20- foot, moving mannequin above the main entrance. Fred and George’s mischievous sense of humour is reflected in 120 individually designed products, created by graphic design team, MinaLima.
Head Prop Maker, Pierre Bohanna, remembers the set as one of his favourites to create: “Diagon Alley was really a showcase of prop-making, it was a joy to work on and see it come to life”. The set required thousands of props to be created and items to be sourced to fill the shops, everything from cauldrons, quills and robes to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick on display in the window of Quality Quidditch Supplies.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo will open to the public on 16th June. Tickets are now available for visits up to 31st September and must be purchased in advance from www.wbstudiotour.jp.