With a simple swish and a flick, you can be transported the magical worlds of J.K. Rowling’s making thanks to the folks at the Warner Bros Hollywood Studio Tours. The world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts is the latest addition to the tour , where you can experience behind the scenes moments from all of the magical movies from the last decade of wizarding films.
At the press preview event held on December 8th, 20’s music blared and staff and guests alike dressed up for the unveiling of the exhibit. Decked out in suitcases and antiques, the lobby set the stage for the magical exhibit unveiling to come.
Dan Fogler, who plays the unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski in Fantastic Beasts, made an appearance to urge everyone to see the exhibit.
Surprise guest Bonnie Wright, AKA Ginny Weasely from the old guard of Harry Potter films, also came to show off her wand skills. Her original wand from the movies was flown in all the way from London so she could do the ‘ol flick and swish for the press.
The exhibit itself is a wonderful collection of of actual costumes and props from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. As soon as you enter the exhibit, you’ll be sure to be languishing in nostalgia city as you are greeted by the mantle place full of letters from Hogwarts for Harry Potter. You can almost hear Hagrid exclaim, “Yer a wizard, ‘arry!”
As part of the exhibit, you can even get sorted into your appropriate Hogwarts house! In the sorting hat experience, a staff member will innocently ask what house you hope to be in before holding it above your head as the speakers blare out the familiar grumpy voice. If you’re lucky, you’ll be sorted correctly! I mean, assuming there’s not just 4 different buttons the staff can press to make sure you get what you want, that is. Nah, it’s definitely just magic at work, here.
The Fantastic Beasts portion of the exhibit gives a great look at all of the gorgeous detailing on some of the costumes. How can you not be in awe of the beading on these dresses made for Queenie and Tina? These dresses were featured in scene were the sisters lead Newt and Jacob to a secret magical speakeasy to get information about the whereabouts of Newt’s missing furry friends.
The little creature pastries featured at the end of Fantastic Beasts are the most adorable non-edible breads we’ve ever seen. Check out the two types of Niffler pastries: sluggishly observing, and sluggishly falling down. Can someone over at Wizarding World please start making these for real?
The Warner Bros Studio Tour also includes a look at other film and TV favorites via back lot and sound stage tours, a DC Universe exhibit, the Central Perk Cafe from Friends, and much more.
The tours start at$62 for adults and $52 for children on the Warner Bros website.
Be sure to check out our extensive gallery below of all the wonderful items in the exhibit! Which item do you want to see in person the most? Let us know in the comments!
All Photos: Michelle Nguyen