50 feet sounds big but the sheer scale of the 1/24th model is just immense. To talk around it takes 90 seconds but it’s going to take you a lot longer than that as you’ll be stopping to look at every single intricate detail of the marvelous model. This model has grown organically since it was first built back in the year 2000 and has been added to ever since to accommodate updates from the stories as and when they were revealed by J.K. Rowling in the books. The structure started with The Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office and has grown significantly in that time to include additions like Dumbledore’s observatory which again was added to the story by Rowling in a later book.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour continues to amaze me and if you’re a fan if anything Potter, you’re going to have your minds blown when you go to visit. Hogwarts Castle is over 50ft in diameter and has been used since the first film for exterior CGI shots. It has 2,500 fibre optic lights, miniature owls in the Owlery and the doors even have hinges. It is believed it has taken over 74 years in man hours to create as it has been constantly adapted as the books were released.
Here’s a vast selection of photos that I took this morning along with an interview with Oscar nominated Production Designer, Stuart Craig who spoke to me about how the model was made, what it is made of and what it feels like to have his model as the finale to this (I’ll say it again) epic project!!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour opens March 31st and if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you must!! If you missed all our other coverage of the Studio Tour from our previous visits, click these links to see Diagon Alley (where I interviewed Mayor Boris Johnson) and interviews in Dumbledore’s office with Tom Felton and The Great Hall with The Wealey Family.
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HeyUGuys Interview with Production Designer Stuart Craig
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Video – How Hogwarts is put together