Pupils have 'incredible' first assembly of school year in Hogwarts’ Great Hall (From Watford Observer)
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Queens’ School pupils have first assembly of school year in Hogwarts’ Great Hall at Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden
New Year 7 students experienced a magical assembly this morning in Hogwarts Great Hall.
Pupils from Queens’ School, in Bushey, visited Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden today for a magical start to their school year.
The studio tour opened the iconic doors of Hogwarts’ Great Hall allowing them the exclusive opportunity to host their first assembly within the authentic set.
Mrs Kerry Clarke, deputy head teacher of Queens’ School, said: "We were over the moon when Warner Bros Studio invited us to celebrate the start of the new school year with an assembly in Hogwarts’ Great Hall. It's been a fantastic way to begin the term.
"As well as giving us an incredible and very memorable experience, the Studio Tour has provided our students with an exciting insight into the art of filmmaking. It was fascinating to learn about what goes on behind-the-scenes and the huge amount of work involved in producing the films. It’s been really inspirational for the new Year 7 students. I doubt they'll ever forget the week they started at Queens' now."
This was the first time a school assembly had taken place in the Great Hall since the popular Harry Potter film series was made.
Natasha Patel, aged 11, said: "It was mind-blowing having our first assembly of the New Year in the Hogwarts’ Great Hall. This is the best way ever to go back to school. I literally didn’t want it to end. It was incredible to be in the same hall where the actors, producers and cameramen stood during the making of the film. It’s made me want to work in film when I leave school."
The Year 7 pupils were invited to sit at the long banquet tables in the Great Hall, where cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint shot many scenes.
Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, added: "We’ve had an amazing summer and, as all the films start with the return to Hogwarts, we thought that hosting a Back to School feature at the Studio Tour seemed a great way to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the new term."
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