Harry Potter fans out there will know that the fourth film and book in the beloved wizarding universe is the Goblet of Fire. This action-packed story sees Harry enter the Triwizard Tournament, in which three magical schools compete by facing three dangerous challenges. Harry unexpectedly gets chosen as the fourth competitor and must defeat dragons, complete an underwater rescue and navigate a magical maze before claiming his prize. Of course, things do not go to plan and this film sees the rise of the dark lord himself, Voldermort.
There’s a lot going on in story line, meaning the prop designers had a challenge on their hands to create this fantastic world. Warner Brothers Studio Tours in London is recreating the fourth instalment and showcasing all of the jaw-dropping props that were used in the film. Keep reading to see which exciting behind the scenes secrets, props and costumes you can discover on your next tour.
The Goblet of Fire
As part of this display, the Goblet of Fire will return to the Great Hall for the first time since filming, back in 2010. In the film, the goblet was used to discover which students would be chosen for the competition. During your trip the the Warner Brothers Studio Tours, you can see a live special effects demonstration showing how the Triwizard Champions’ parchments were expelled from the goblet. You’ll also receive a souvenir parchment when you visit. Two versions of the Goblet of Fire were created for the film and you’ll be able to see both on your tour.
On the advice of Cedric Diggory, Harry takes a trip to the Prefect’s bathroom and learns that when putting the dragon’s egg under water, it tells you a secret. The Prefect’s bathroom included a huge 53 tap sink feature that rains down coloured water. Created by Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, these spouts were cast in real bronze and will be on display during your tour.
The climax of this story is when Harry is transported to the grave of Tom Riddle, where he meets Voldermort, face-to-face. The long robes that Voldemort wears are a work of textural art and will be displayed on the tour for you to relive the scary moments for yourself.
At the very beginning of the film, Harry, Hermione, Ron and whole Weasley family go to the 422nd Quidditch World Cup. To get there, they had to use a portkey, which is an enchanted object that instantly transports anyone touching it to a specific location. In this case, a regular muggle boot was used. This boot portkey used in the Goblet of Fire will be on display in amongst other prop items.
Tom Riddle’s Grave
Definitely the scariest object on the tour, Tom Riddle’s grave will be on display for you to see. You’ll get a 360 degree view of this massive sculpture that includes an angel-like skeleton sure to give you nightmares. This sculpture was made before Voldemort’s lineage was known, meaning it had to be altered after the film’s production.
A scale version of the carriage pulled by a dozen winged horses will be available to view during your tour. The Beauxbaton’s carriage was used to transport the students and staff of the glamorous Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and lands at the grounds of Hogwarts, ahead of the Triwizard tournament.
For more information on the Goblet of Fire Warner Brother’s Studio Tours or to buy tickets you can visit their website. This tour runs from 30th March to the 23rd of September 2018.