If you were on social media a couple days before this year’s Harry Potter Celebration at Universal Orlando Resort and in which many Harry Potter fans were curious of what #FollowTheSpiders meant as a teaser. In which this was a quote from the Warner Bros Harry Potter film franchise of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and if your a fan of the ever popular Warner Bros Studio Tour London well, something HUGE is coming this March and just about 8 weeks to be exact.
The studio announced at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Harry Potter Celebration (currently day two today) last night of the expansion of the Forbidden Forest and if your a student of Hogwarts that this area is strictly off limits for those who attend the school…for now at least.
If you didn’t catch the grand opening ceremony last night you can find it down below from the Universal Orlando Resort YouTube page in a 360 degree view.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour London is the home of where most of the majority of the real life sets, costume designs, props, and even Platform 9 3/4 of the Hogwarts Express is located from of the Harry Potter franchise and also the recently added of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them too.
Here’s the full press release from the Warner Bros Studio Tour London’s official site of when it official opens up this March 31st, 2017:
“Home to an abundance of creatures, the Forbidden Forest offers shelter and protection to Hippogriffs and Acromantula among many others. It is also well known to beloved half-giant Hagrid in his role as Care of Magical Creatures professor. One of Rubeus Hagrid’s original costumes will be on display, lantern in hand, to welcome you through the Hogwarts Gates deep into the forest. Filled with 19 trees each with a diameter of over 12 feet, you will walk beneath the giant entwined roots on your journey and will even be able to control the weather using the same techniques created by filmmakers.
Amongst the imposing trees, you will encounter a full size model of Buckbeak, which is new to the tour, and have the opportunity to bow to the majestic creature. You will see up close the incredible detail and craftsmanship that went into creating the magnificent Hippogriff. Each feather had to be individually inserted and glued by the Creature Effects team who were busy adding feathers right up until the final moment Buckbeak was needed on set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
As you venture deeper into the depths of the forest, you will come face-to-face with Aragog, the Acromantula. Emerging from his dark lair, the enormous spider will appear before you along with spiderlings from his family. Created by Nick Dudman, Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer, with help from Production Designer Stuart Craig, Aragog had a leg span of over 18 feet and was even able to crawl out of a hole and deliver dialogue in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Officially opening on Friday 31st March, the new, must-see expansion has been designed and built by many of the crew members who worked on the hugely successful magical film series including Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, BAFTA winning Creature and Makeup Effects Designer Nick Dudman and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson.”
Muggles and fellow Witches and Wizards can enter the Forbidden Forest and encounter Buckbeat, the flying Hippogriff and Argon the Giant Spider at Warner Bros Studio Tour London. Source: (©Warner Bros)
Ticket information and pricing availability can be located here and the announcement video of the Forbidden Forest down below too.
You can also follow the livestream schedule in which tomorrow is the last day for the celebration over at the Universal Orlando Blog. Unfortunately, the rumored map projection show from the grand opening last year of Hogsmead at Universal Studios Hollywood and was not announced and many were speculating at this year’s celebration that it was, at least for now or for a later future time and date.
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