Something literally magical was unveiled this March when a massive replica of Hogwarts Castle from the world famous Harry Potter franchise was revealed from the first time to the press as part of the upcoming “The Making of Harry Potter” studio tour at Leavesden Studios.
The giant model standing at a spectacular 50 foot was used in every Harry Potter movie for the exterior shots showing how amazingly realistic this model actually appears. The attention to detail on the model is simply breathtaking with around 2,500 lights that represent lanterns and torches that give the notion of the students of Hogwarts strolling along the corridors. Also painstakingly added to the model are realistic owls in the Owlery, hinges on the doors and if that was not enough the design also includes real plants for all the landscaping!
The model was the brain child of the BAFTA award winning Stuart Craig and his vast team of 86 artists and crew members, with all the man hours combined between the team it had taken them around 74 years for the model to be made.
Stuart’s inspiration for the mysterious Hogwarts castle is something slightly less impressive it is mostly based off two British institutions rather than something paranormal, Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle; however he states that there are some rather obvious differences, “The profile has been changed so that there are tall, pointy spires so there’s plenty of theatrical exaggeration”.
After first being created in the soundstage of the studio at Leavesden in the year 2000 the model is now seeing the light of day and being revealed to the general public in the Warner Brothers studio tour as the grand finale, ensuring that tourists will be lining up for potential photo opportunities with this magnificent piece of Harry Potter history.
Stuart Craig however remains grounded about his model claiming that it is just “made from a thin skin of molded plaster applied to bits of MDF” and that “The materials are quite simple”, however this will not deter numbers of fans being made awestruck by its beauty.
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