Although I have been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour – the Making of Harry Potter on a number of occasions, there is always one event that I have never been able to attend; The Dark Arts over Halloween. However, now that will not be an issue as there will be a new permanent exhibition at the attraction to showcase the followers of He Who Must not Be Named.
Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London said; “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Hallowe’en. It will showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”
The current display of the Malfoy fireplace will be expanded to encompass the set of Lord Voldemort’s headquarters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The mannequin of the murdered teacher Charity Burbage will be moved from it’s current location in the K building to recreate the scene in the movie where we see what fate has befell her. We will also get to see the costumes of Peter Pettigrew and further costumes of Severus Snape. This all sounds exciting and scary enough, but they will be creating a 20 foot life like model of Nagini, Voldemort’s loyal “pet”!!! Yep that’s right as if a room full of Death Eaters wasn’t scary enough, then add a 20 foot snake, at least it will be stationary otherwise you will see me run so fast.
Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, which is resplendent with kittens and pink, will be incorporated into the new section which is totally understandable because we all know how evil Ms. Umbridge is.
The Dark Arts section which will open on October 14, will also feature the one section of the Harry Potter world which I have always missed; the murky world of Knockturn Alley. Borgin and Burkes will open it’s doors to the public and visitors will be able to see the props which were used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I can’t wait to see the Hand of Glory, the Vanishing Cabinet and many other spooky trinkets.
In addition to this new permanent exhibition, there is an increased presence of the Dark Arts from October 17 – November 3, where amongst other things Diagon Alley will become a little more like Knockturn Alley with Death Eaters on patrol, and the brave can choose to learn the ways of the Dark Arts.
I can’t wait to visit this new exciting section of this already amazing experience. I think this is only the beginning of the growth of this must visit attraction.
Kirsty has been writing in secret ever since High School however has recently decided to share her ramblings with the world.When not writing about all things culture especially Doctor Who, Glee, Literature and Theatre especially musicals such as Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Kinky Boots; she can be found working as a Personal Assistant and Administrator.
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