Monday, 10 October 2016

The Making of Harry Potter // Part 10


SFX, prosthetics, animatronics, make-up. The Harry Potter movies included a heck load of special effects and the building you enter upon leaving the back lot at the Studio Tour is an SFX fan's dream! A treasure trove of eerily still, recognizable faces in the form of the Gringott's Goblins, John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick and even Mrs. Norris greet you and again (as with every other section in this tour) reminds you how much work went on behind the scenes to make our favorite magical world come to life.
I could have and wish I had, spent more time in here...the details were wonderful and it's such a treat that they include all these extras for us to revel in. I noticed a lot of people just skimming this room as I assume they were aware of what was coming next, however, due to the size of the room it did feel pretty packed a lot of the time.
It was strange to see that many things I assumed had been solely CGI, actually weren't and had animatronic or wax model counterparts.
Make sure you take a close look at the photos in this one - there's lots to ogle, hidden all over the place.



Fawkes, Grawp and the Werewolves were among those that I assumed to just be all computer generated and I hadn't even thought that Scabbers wasn't a real rat!
Something that would usually have made me rather emotional (at this point it should be no surprise to you, especially if you have read the rest of this little series) would have been the sight in that last photo. Ah, poor Gabby.

What? He's not called Gabby?! Try standing behind a bratty, hand on hip, fancy handbag holding, middle schooler for ages waiting to see DOBBY while she blocks the view and shouts over to her friend in a brilliant cockney accent that 'ey, ere's that Gabby - look'. Shut up child and move. haha Sorry but at that point a crowd was starting to gather and we were all trying to see, even the guy dressed in full wizard robes, who I'm sure would also prefer a kid with no Harry Potter knowledge or interest not take up space and time that proper fans could be crying of the untimely house elf's death.


I personally love how many information boards and video screens there are dotted about, pumping you full of tidbits and the inside scoop of production, so to say. In the middle of this room, there was even a little interactive perspex box with a few things inside that you can control by pressing a button. Voldemorts body squirming around was not the most comfortable thing to witness.
Lastly, before moving on to the next area is a vestibule type of area housing the Basilisk, Aragog, A Hungarian Horntail and of course, the majestic Buckbeak - who ever so regally looked down upon us and then much to our surprise moved too!

Below I'm also including a clip of the Goblet of Fire in action. This was in the main building near to the Gryffindor dormitory but seeing as it's technically 'special effects' I thought I'd slide it in here.
See you next month when we explore Diagon Alley!!!



The rest of 'The Making of Harry Potter' series can be found below -


14 comments:

  1. Oh there's so many details here! It seems impossible to see everything in one visit. At least with taking all the photos you can visit it again when you edit them and see all the little bits that you might have missed the first time!

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    1. Right?! Just a pain it's so far away haha. Maybe I'll go back in a few years if there's been more updated etc. Yeah, exactly!

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  2. Ahh this brings back so many fun memories. I loved seeing the Monster Book of Monsters the most in this section.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. It was pretty cool eh?! Really amazing to see it in real life.

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  3. I was reading that was like "Gabby?!" Hahaha. I would have been fuming at that kid!

    Rachael xo | Girl Behind The Blue Door

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    1. Yup. Gabby. Uh. Why do they take school groups?? If they are interested in Harry Potter, it's not like it has any other historical/educational benefit or anything and they just get in the way of proper fans. She was oblivious to the queue behind her.

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  4. I am so jealous of you to be able to get to go to this place, it really looks amazing! I must add it to my bucket list of places to see in the world. Thanks so much for the blog post babe as without you, I would never of known about this place 💜💫✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    www.AlishaValerie.com || www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

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    1. I hope you get to go sometime! I can't believe it's coming up a year since we were there already. Had you never heard about it before?!

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  5. Awh waow this all looks so amazing. I really want to take a trip to London to do this tour soon. It seems mind blowing. Your pictures are exquisite too :) Love your posts. xx

    Rach | http://doublejointedgirlandherdog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's definitely worth the trip (and I HATE London lol). That's far to kind, thank you!!!

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  6. Eeee, this has to be one of my favourites of this series so far! I LOVE SFX and all of the interesting behind the scenes bits when it comes to creating the creatures and looks for some of the more magical creations at Hogwarts. The Monster Book of Monsters will always be a big favourite of mine, and is it a little bit wrong that I kind of want one of my own? Seeing Dobby just brings it all back, I cried so much at that part of the book and the film, it was horrific. Love the detail on Buckbeak and the bits with the Goblet of Fire, so cool! Right, I'm going to finish geeking out and go to bed now, haha. Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TODAY! :D - Tasha

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    1. Mine too!! Haha I think you can actually get a toy version of them, though they would be a lot less fun than the real thing ;)

      Thank you so much lovely! <3

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  7. Oh wow, there's so much to see here! John Cleese's head is a little...disconcerting! Haha. It really does go to show how much work they put in to make the Harry Potter series come to life, doesn't it?! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Isn't there? I think it was one of the most dense areas for sure. I'd like to go back purely just to get to look more at this room haha.

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