Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour to open Gringotts Wizarding Bank

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Wizarding fans will soon be able to follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and experience Gringotts Wizarding Bank themselves.

The goblin-run bank, which features in J.K. Rowling’s books and the film series, has been recreated as part of an expansion of the Warner Bros Studio Tour attraction near Watford.

Key moments at the bank include Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley, where Gringotts is located, in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.

In the final book, Harry and his friends break into the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange to steal a horcrux.

Visitors to the Warner Bros Studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, will be able to walk through the grand marbled foyer of the wizarding bank. Lined with towering pillars, the hall is decorated with chandeliers and will feature goblins working away at their desks filled with inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of galleons, sickles and knuts — the currency of Rowling’s world.

In the main hall, visitors can learn about the costumes, prosthetics, dentures and masks used to bring goblin characters to life. Guests will then go to the depths of the Lestrange vault and see the witch’s many treasures.

The new section will open on April 6, along with a new lobby and cafe serving Potter-inspired dishes.

The exhibit, opened in 2012, already has replicas of locations such as Hogwarts’s Great Hall.

Tickets are available from wbstudiotour.co.uk

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