Boris Johnson unveils latest addition to Harry Potter tour

Watford Observer: Mayor Boris has a wizard day at Harry Potter tour Mayor Boris has a wizard day at Harry Potter tour

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited Warner Bros Studios this morning to unveil the latest addition to the highly anticipated Harry Potter tour.

Accompanied by his two daughters, Mr Johnson visited the Leavesden Studios to reveal the set of Diagon Alley, one of the films’ most iconic places.

He said: “I have been watching my children study it - they were blown away. For Harry Potter fans of all generations this will be a shrine and a place of pilgrimage.”

Diagon Alley, the commercial street where witches and wizards go to buy magical goods, will join some of the other famous sets, including Hogwarts’ Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room and the Ministry of Magic.

Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, Gringotts Bank and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes all feature on the cobbled street.

Mr Johnson added: “It is very mind expanding to see the reality, to see what you can do with film. I think it will encourage young people to want to get involved in film.

“It is unbelievably lifelike and there is incredible attention to detail.”

The mayor hopes the attraction will lead to more tourists visiting London and he plans to extend the Oyster Card scheme to the Leavesden area in the lead up to the official opening in March.

He said: “People are going to come from all over the world.

“It is going to add to London’s tourist offering."

"I think it will draw people to a different part of the transport network and it will bring more people to Kings Langley."

The unique walking tour will give visitors the opportunity to explore behind the scenes and to see the sheer scale and detail of the sets, costumes, props and special effects from all eight of the record breaking films. Josh Berger, president of Warner Bros. UK, said: “For us it is a way to share it with the world. It really does need to be enjoyed by the fans.

“It really is the right thing to do. Everything has been made here since the beginning.”

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4:17pm Mon 19 Dec 11

abbotshornet says...

Why will people be drawn to Kings Langley?
Why will people be drawn to Kings Langley? abbotshornet

6:15pm Mon 19 Dec 11

toomey says...

Because Boris, like Mayor Dorothy, doesn't understand where the studios are. Kings Langley is the closest station, but it doesn't mean the studios are located there, any more than they are in Watford.
Because Boris, like Mayor Dorothy, doesn't understand where the studios are. Kings Langley is the closest station, but it doesn't mean the studios are located there, any more than they are in Watford. toomey

6:15pm Mon 19 Dec 11

Mrs Droftaw says...

The Oyster will be extended to Leavesden - where is the station and I admit it has been a while since I have got a bus (too many cuts) but to get to Leavesden by bus is also basically a nightmare?!
Boris has ignored the suburbs before - just because he can see £ signs in his eyes - he appears I guess that could be classed as Harry Potter magic
The Oyster will be extended to Leavesden - where is the station and I admit it has been a while since I have got a bus (too many cuts) but to get to Leavesden by bus is also basically a nightmare?! Boris has ignored the suburbs before - just because he can see £ signs in his eyes - he appears I guess that could be classed as Harry Potter magic Mrs Droftaw

12:44am Tue 20 Dec 11

dnh says...

There was mention in the Watford planning policy document that TfL would maintain the infrastructure on the Abbey line when it gets converted into a tram line, so maybe oyster to here. Garston isn't really that convenient for Leavesden though.
There was mention in the Watford planning policy document that TfL would maintain the infrastructure on the Abbey line when it gets converted into a tram line, so maybe oyster to here. Garston isn't really that convenient for Leavesden though. dnh

6:47am Tue 20 Dec 11

harryfielder says...

I've lived in Leavesden for nearly 20 years after working in films and tv for most of my life and look forward to the studios opening next year.
Train from Euston about 20 mins and bus from Watford Junction 15 mins. I'm sure the guys at the studio will come up with coach trips as well... Good luck to all and and I hope to see you all up there........
I've lived in Leavesden for nearly 20 years after working in films and tv for most of my life and look forward to the studios opening next year. Train from Euston about 20 mins and bus from Watford Junction 15 mins. I'm sure the guys at the studio will come up with coach trips as well... Good luck to all and and I hope to see you all up there........ harryfielder

12:29pm Tue 20 Dec 11

HornetJJ says...

Kings Langley??? I don't think so Boris!!
Kings Langley??? I don't think so Boris!! HornetJJ

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