What little kid doesn't absolutely love Harry Potter, besides the ones that are scared witless by it, of course. Since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first appeared on the bookshelves of Britain back in 1997, the books have gone on to become worldwide hits, spawning films, video games and merchandise, and turning its author, JK Rowling, into a household name.
And from the end of March there's going to be another Potter-related happening that will have kids across the country pulling at their parents' coattails pleading, "When can we go? When can we go?"
Called The Making of Harry Potter, the new Warner Brothers attraction opens the doors for the first time on the actual studios where many of the scenes from all eight movies were filmed.
Covering somewhere in the region of 150,000 square feet, visitors will have the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of a real movie set. Lose yourself in the magic of the Harry Potter set, see the actual props and costumes used in the movies, and learn all about what it took to make Harry Potter one of the most popular movie franchises in the history of filmmaking.
Highlights of the attraction include the opportunity to enter the Great Hall as well as the chance to get up close to Harry's Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid's motorcycle. You'll also get to step inside Dumbledore's office and discover "never-before-seen treasures."
The new Harry Potter attraction is located in Watford, a short train ride from London. The tour is designed to take approximately three hours, but it's self-guided so you can go at your own pace. It's designed to appeal not just to Harry Potter fans but also to those interested in movie-making. Visitors will find lots of artefacts from the movie series on display, and there'll also be interactive exhibits too, which should be a hit with the kids.
Tickets cost £28 for those aged 16 and over, and £21 for those between 5 and 15. Under 5s can enter for free, but still need a ticket to get in. There are family ticket options available too: 2 adults and 2 children, and 1 adult and 3 children, both costing £83.
The Making of Harry Potter opens 31st March, 2012.