March 2, 2012

Take a tour of Hogwarts Castle (7 PICS)

Hogwarts ... Model designer Jose Granell poses alongside Hogwarts Castle scale model
MUGGLES can now see in real-life just what it's like to be a wizard - with a walk around the world-famous Hogwarts Castle.

Since Harry Potter first hit the big screen back in 2001 fans of all ages have dreamt of what it would be like to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

And soon they will be able to find out when Warner Bros - The Making Of Harry Potter opens its doors to the public for the first time.

The 1:24 scale model of the boarding school is the grand finale to the studio tour - which is based at Leavesden Studios in Watford - the same location where all EIGHT in the series of box-office smashes were filmed.

The castle itself was originally built for the first film - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.

Details ... fans will get the full effect thanks to intricacies
At the time it took an impressive 86 people to construct and the original version was then restructured several times over the course of the production of all eight movies.

If the time taken to build and rebuild the castle - which measures almost 50 feet in diameter - was added together, it would accumulate over 74 years' worth of labour.

And it has more than 2,500 fibre optic lights which help to give the illusion of students passing through the halls as well as simulating torches or lanterns.

To give fans who visit the tour the full experience of the intricate details of the castle, a day-to-night cycle will run every four minutes.

Spectacular ... The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Attendees will not be disappointed with the tiny details of their favourite school - real plants have been used for landscaping, the Owlery is home to miniature birds and all of the doors are fully hinged.

There are even versions of the courtyards of Alnwick Castle and Durham Cathedral where scenes from the first film were shot.

The Making Of Harry Potter opens its doors from 31 March and tickets (which must be pre-booked) are on sale now.

Man and his castle ... Designer Jose Granell

Dwarfed ... Production manager Stuart Craig looks tiny
Statuesque ... Hogwarts

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