Can you believe it’s been seven years since we last saw Harry, Ron and Hermione on the big screen? That was in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Since then, we've been introduced to a slew of new/old characters in the Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (released in 2016), but we've missed taking the train to Hogwarts and visiting 4 Privet Drive.
Thankfully, SYFY WIRE's Jackie Jennings was on hand earlier this year for Universal Orlando Resort's A Celebration of Harry Potter, where she took the WB studio tour with Andy Nicholson, the Head of Visitor Experience in London. Not only did we get to see some of the original props used in the Harry Potter films, but we also learned some movie secrets along the way.
For example, did you know that all those candles seen floating high above the students in Hogwarts' Great Hall were actually real candles (at least in the first films) before they used visual effects? Or that the bazillion Hogwarts invitations Harry received in Privet Drive (in the first movie) were real letters and not CGI? In all, 20,000 letters (designed by MinaLima) were used and someone had the daunting task to pick them all up after each take. Whew!
We also got to see some movie props up close, including one of the two original Goblet of Fire props and Professor Umbridge's smoking pink outfit. Furthermore, we learned what kind of movie magic actually inflated Aunt Marge and a whole lot more.
Check out our exclusive video to get immersed in the Wizarding World and let us know what you think.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.