Harry Potter Studio Tour adds Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse
June 21, 2022
By Nik Roseveare
Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has unveiled details of its latest expansion, Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse, part of a new feature opening on July 1st titled Mandrakes and Magical Creatures.
Tom Felton, who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, visited the set ahead of it opening, which is brand new for summer 2022.
The greenhouse is a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to a number of exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.
Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, visitors will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as they walk through the greenhouse. During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated, however, the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.
The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will open as part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will run from July 1st – September 12th 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.
In addition to the addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with additional permanent additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.