As a huge Harry Potter fan, I distinctly remember the first time I sat down with the Sorcerer’s Stone. That very first chapter whisked me away into Harry’s world which, at that time, was nothing more than a cupboard under the stairs in a small, suburban house in fictional district Little Whinging. The first sentence reads:
Little did my seven-year-old self know, the story to follow was anything but. Number four, Privet Drive has always held a certain fascination for me; it’s housed some of the most iconic scenes in Harry Potter history. ‘No post on Sundays’, our first introduction to Dobby and ultimately the set up of the Battle of the Seven Potters. So naturally when I went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making Of Harry Potter in Leavesden a few years ago, I couldn’t wait to see Privet Drive in person.
4 Privet Drive
At the time of my visit, while the facade of the house stood proudly on the backlot, it was just that: a facade. The front door was firmly shut and what lay behind it was left completely to the fan’s imagination. But from May 27, all of that is going to change! To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, visitors to the studio will be able to step inside the Dursley’s living room, or at least a faithful recreation of it, and wander around the space where a young Harry Potter spent so much of his childhood.
Harry in the cupboard
To add a touch of magic, hundreds of individually designed letters can be seen bursting through the front door and spitting from the fireplace, fluttering through the air and mimicking that oh-so-memorable scene from the first film. The studio will also be revealing exactly how the special effect was created, and giving true fans the chance to appreciate all of the little details up close. Take a look for yourself in the brand new clip below:To launch the new set, which is open for a limited time only, Fiona Shaw, a.k.a Aunt Petunia, returned to Privet Drive today to share stories from the film set. She told the London Evening Standard:
Despite going on to win two Olivier awards and star in HBO’s True Blood, Shaw said she is recognised for playing Petunia more than any other role. She continued:
The set is open for two weeks between May 27 and June 6. If you want to be one of the lucky few, you can purchase tickets from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour website. Source: Evening Standard