If you’ve been to Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studio Tour, you’ll know that the huge Potter playground is about as close as us muggles will ever get to real magic. From simulated broomstick-riding to a replica Diagon Alley, via a ‘trip’ on the Hogwarts Express, it’s an all-encompassing wonderland designed to plunge you headfirst into JK Rowling’s universe.
Eight years following the release of the movie, The Goblet of Fire will return of to the Great Hall. Now for a special six-month period running from 30th of March to 23rd of September, fans will be able to point their wands towards The Goblet of Fire for an extra-special look behind the scenes of the fourth film instalment.
Harry Potter’s fans will be able to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the studio is launching a special feature dedicated entirely to the fourth instalment of the magical film series, revealing secrets behind the characters, costumes and props that made it so special.
As part of the feature, The Goblet of Fire will be returned to the Great Hall for the first time since filming wrapped in 2010. You will see a live Special Effects demonstration showing how the Triwizard Champions’ parchments were expelled from the Goblet, and receive a souvenir parchment to remember your visit, bringing a whole host of extra props, costumes and set pieces to the original tour.
During filming, two versions of the Goblet of Fire were created for different purposes. The original goblet was hand-carved by Head Propmaker, Pierre Bohanna, from a single piece of wood chosen for its twists, knots, and splits to give it an organic, ancient quality. A mould of this was then taken for the Special Effects version that was rigged to propel the parchments of the four Triwizard Champions. You will see both versions of the Goblet of Fire up-close as part of the feature.
In addition to coming close to the Goblet of Fire itself, Potterheads will get to see the iconic Prefects’ Bathroom complete with multicoloured water running from each of the 53 spouts, just as seen on-screen.
You will also discover behind-the-scenes secrets of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in a display demonstrating how Voldemort’s seemingly simple costume was adapted to show both his strength and vulnerability throughout the films. And Lastly, Tom Riddle’s grave will be displayed with a 360 degree view of the sculpture!!! For all you Harry Potter fans, this is a must see.
Finally, you will see a new addition to the majestic Hogwarts castle model; a scale version of the Beauxbatons carriage complete with winged horses poised to land on the Hogwarts grounds for the first time ahead of the Triwizard championship.
You can’t miss this amazing event, for all the publics, kids and adults, super-nerds and casual fans who just want to see a few whistles and bangs, it’s sure to be magic.
The Goblet of Fire will run from Friday 30th March 2018 – Sunday 23rd September 2018. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.