A Harry Potter “experience” is to open at the studios where the films are made in England. The visitor attraction north of London will include costumes and recreations of some of the boy wizard’s haunts, such as the Hogwarts school hall and Albus Dumbledore’s study. The planned set tours — part of an expansion of Leavesden, the Warner Bros studio in Hertfordshire — are Britain’s answer to the recently opened “Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” a 20-acre attraction at the Universal Studios resort in Orlando, Florida.
Last month, London’s mayor Boris Johnson stated that the UK was “utterly mad to leave it to the Americans to make money from a great British invention”. Warner is reportedly to spend more than $150 million on buying and expanding Leavesden, which it currently rents. Until the studio tours commence, Harry Potter fans in England can tour film locations in and around London with BritMovieTours or The London Taxi Tour Company.