Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has given a sneak peek at its latest expansion, Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse, which is part of a brand new feature film launching July 1 entitled Mandrakes and Magical Creatures. Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, starred on the set, which is brand new for 2022.
The Greenhouse is a fan-favorite set from the Harry Potter film series in which the students received their herbalism class from Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, Studio Tour visitors can enter the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted mandrake as part of an interactive exhibit.
Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, visitors walking through the greenhouse will see the poisonous tentacle hanging from the ceiling. Various techniques were used during filming to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The curved grasping motion of the Tentacula’s tentacles was computer generated, but the Mandrakes’ movement was achieved using animatronic controls hidden under 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, running from July 1st to September 12th, 2022. As part of the feature, visitors are welcomed into the Great Hall to the frog chorus scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the costume of the conductor of the chorus, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.
In addition to Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be adding additional permanent additions to the outdoor sets in their backlot, including the fountain from Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale version of the Weasleys’ build.