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Harry Potter Studio Tour announces new permanent Platform 9 section


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 02:24 PM


Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter has announced that the attraction will soon be expanding to include the Hogwarts Express and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾.

The new, permanent section of the exhibition will open on March 19, as the attraction celebrates its third anniversary, and will offer visitors a look at how some of the films' most iconic scenes were created.

The real Hogwarts Express used in filming, a British steam train named 'Olton Hall', will be returned to the production's home and put on display on a realistic set of tracks and with steam billowing.

Visitors to the attraction can walk along the train's carriage and sit in the interior set which was used during filming on the Hogwarts Express. There will also be a selection of prop luggage on display, with visitors able to guess which characters the cases belong to.

Guests can also pose with the famous luggage trolley as it disappears into the platform wall and visit a new train-themed souvenir shop, which will stock items inspired by the Hogwarts Express.

The 20,000-square foot expansion will be built by many of the crew members who worked on the film series, including BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, who will rig the train with special effects steam.

Sarah Roots, vice president of Warner Bros Studio Tour London, said: "We can't wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour's third anniversary in March.

"The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films, so we're excited that it will be taking centre stage in the new area. It's the piece that visitors have most requested to see and we're expecting a fantastic response."

The new Platform 9 ¾ section will open on Thursday, March 19, with entrance included in the standard ticket price.


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