Lonely Planet Writer

London's Harry Potter tour allows visitors to try on actual costumes from the films

Harry Potter fans that visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London are being spellbound by a magical new experience that allows them to get up close and personal with costumes from the film series, with the tour even allowing them to try on a piece of iconic clothing at one point.

Behind the Seams allows visitors to discover the secrets of the costume department that worked on the Harry Potter film series. Image by Warner Brothers Studio Tour London

Called Behind the Seams, the segment is part of the Making of Harry Potter tour, and allows guests to discover first-hand the spellbinding secrets of the costume department that created over 25,000 unique items for the wizarding world. The collection features initial sketches and designs, as well as the finished costumes seen on screen, and outlines how new clothes were made to look centuries old and battle-torn with the help of paint, mud and wire brushes, as well as outlining how details like magical snail trails were added to robes.

Draco Malfoy's Inquisitorial Squad badge and costume.
Draco Malfoy’s Inquisitorial Squad badge and costume. Image by Warner Brothers Studio Tour London

Presented in a workshop environment, costumes include those of Herbology Professor Sprout, Triwizard champion Cedric Diggory and even the flowing robes of Lord Voldemort himself, distressed for the Battle of Hogwarts. Visitors to Behind the Seams will also receive the exclusive opportunity to choose their house colours and wear an original Hogwarts robe which appeared on screen in the Harry Potter film series.

Lord Voldemort's robes.
Lord Voldemort’s robes. Image by Warner Brothers Studio Tour London

“Visitors to Behind the Seams will attend a one-hour session with one of our tour experts, where they will see up close (some never-before-seen) costumes, and learn some of the secrets behind how they were designed and created for the film series. They will also be able to try on clothing used in the films for a very unique photo opportunity!” a representative of Warner Brothers Studio Tour London told Lonely Planet Travel News. The new experience will run daily from 26 May to 3 June, and every weekend until 22 July. Tickets are priced £65 (€74) for adults and £55 (€62) for children, including entrance to the Studio Tour and a one hour Behind the Seams session.

More information on visiting the Making of Harry Potter Tour London is available at the official Warner Brothers Studio website.