Tuesday, March 19, 2019

James Phelps, Oliver Phelps & Warwick Davis Give Exclusive Look of Gringotts Bank Expansion

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In January 2019, Warner Bros Studios Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter announced the home of the famous film sets will be expanding its doors with Gringotts Bank. Harry Potter film series actors Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) with James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) made a special appearance in front of the press to offer a first look at the new expansion.

The actors showed a preview to the amazing intricate detail that went into the tour's latest addition. Davis and the Phelps brothers joined Gringotts' Goblins in the bank's entranceway and dived deep into the caverns of Gringotts to Lestrange's vault.

Jeff Spicer / Getty Images / Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Jeff Spicer / Getty Images / Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Jeff Spicer / Getty Images / Warner Bros Studio Tour London

Warner Bros Studios Tour London shares behind-the-scenes info of how the tour's version of Gringotts Bank was recreated from the film franchise:
From Harry Potter first discovering Diagon Alley to the famous trio escaping on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in their quest for a Horcrux, Gringotts Wizarding Bank played an important role in the Harry Potter film series. On 6th April, we will unveil a permanent addition allowing visitors to walk through the wizarding bank of Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins and so much more.

Lined by towering marble pillars, the grand banking hall will be decorated with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. The Prop-making Department, led by Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000 coins for the final two films alone.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously run by goblins. Walking through the imposing marble columns, visitors will discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin bankers. Each prosthetic mask took weeks to create, with every hair individually inserted and veins painstakingly painted by hand. It took four hours to transform actor Warwick Davis into Griphook in the films which included him wearing black contact lenses and dentures with extremely sharp teeth to complete the goblin look.

16px;">Once through the banking hall of Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths of the Lestrange Vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000 pieces of rubberised treasure were created for the Lestrange vault including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups. Here, visitors can try out a unique photo opportunity allowing them to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround themselves with treasure.
The trio also posted on their own official social media accounts, and were featured on Pottermore and WBStudiosTourLondon Instagram stories and Twitter timelines.

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To date, this is the biggest addition made to the tour with Gringotts Bank spanning 16,500 square feet, and was designed by many of the original crew members from the Harry Potter films including Production Designer Stuart Craig, Construction Manager Paul Hayes, and Head Propmaker Pierre Bohanna. The Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion will officially open on Saturday, April 6th. Make sure you have your wand and key ready for inspection!

Plan your magical visit and check out all the latest information at Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter official website.

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