Movie Magic Close Up

One of the most incredible (and, dare I say, moving?) parts of the Harry Potter Experience was seeing the 1:24 scale model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This massive structure was the finale of the exhibit, and it was here that I felt fannishly overwhelmed. This was no accident, either. The exhibit curators knew what they were doing.

The castle is not big enough to walk inside. It occupies an enormous room, where it sits in the center of a long, gently sloping walkway that wraps around it as visitors descend toward the exhibit exit. There is a light display, casting the model in various stages of night and day in time with [cue the chills] selections from the film score. The model was used to create many of the stunning exterior shots of Hogwarts – evidently in earlier movies they shot on location at a castle in the north of England, but as production continued they began using this model of Hogwarts instead.

A young kid was walking in front of me as we came to the final room – he entered the space before I did and all I heard was this little boy voice say, “ohhhh myyyy god.” Then I turned the corner and discovered why.

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See all of my pictures from the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Experience.

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