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The Harry Potter books and movies may all have been released, done and dusted, however the Harry Potter experience does not end there!

Visit The Making of Harry Potter tour at Leavesden Studios, Watford, UK, to continue your experience in the wizarding world.

.: 1939 :.


The start of World War II in 1939 heralded the need for the manufacture of pilot jets. This saw the Leavesden Aerodrome being utilised by the Ministry of Defence to manufacture the Mosquito Fighter and Halifax Bomber aircrafts. Even then, the space consisted of a 1 million square foot floor area.

The studios at this time were known as the de Havilland Engine Company Limited.




.: 1945 :.


1945 saw World War II end; as the Ministry of Defence no longer needed the space to produce aircraft, Rolls-Royce took over some of the space to produce helicopter engines. It was only in 1967 that Rolls-Royce took over the entire space.


.: 1980s :.


The supersonic passenger airliner, Concorde, paid a visit to the Leavesden Aerodrome as part of a Rolls-Royce open day.




.: 1992 :.


With the decline in manufacturing in Britain, Rolls-Royce ended its period of production at the Leavesden Aerodrome. The company had planned to turn the space into a golf course and hotel, however this was not meant to be...


.: 1994 :.


After the Rolls-Royce company finished, the Leavesden Flight Centre, a private flying club, used the site for flying until March 1994.

During the following months of 1994, EON Productions, the creators of the James Bond series, were in pre-production for the James Bond film GoldenEye.

Originally based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, as all of the lots were booked up, the task to find an entire film studio to create the film was given.

Eon Productions eventually decided to lease the Leavesden site from Rolls-Royce.


.: 1995 :.


1995 was the year that saw the site purchased by Malaysian-based Millennium Group for almost Ł43million.

The Group had the intention of developing a Universal Studios-combined-Disneyland attraction on the site and even though the housing development consisting of 314 dwellings and associated roads went ahead in 1999 the rest of the development plans for the film studio and studio tour were never submitted to the council, ergo never built.


.: 1999 :.


Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the Harry Potter books in 1999, while the MEPC purchased 95 acres to develop a business park across the road from the main Leavesden Studio site.


.: 2000 :.


Warner Bros. Began to lease the whole site from MEPC to begin filming the Harry Potter movies. The first movie began production on Friday, September 29, 2000.


.: 2001 :.


November 19, 2001 saw production of the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie begin.


.: 2003 :.


February 24, 2003 saw principal photographt of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie begin.


.: 2004 :.


May 4, 2004 saw production of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie begin.


.: 2006 :.


February 6, 2006 saw production of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie begin.


.: 2007 :.


September 24, 2007 saw principal photography of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie begin.


.: 2009 :.


February 19, 2009 saw production of both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 begin.


.: 2010 :.


Warner Bros. announce plans to buy and redevelop the Leavesden Studios site to provide fans with a Harry Potter-themed visitor attraction. They aim to open the attraction in 2012.

Plans for the attraction include creating two new stage sets (Stages J and Stages K – wait for it to click.....) as well as demolishing older hangars and buildings.


.: 2011 :.


Tickets for The Making of Harry Potter studio tour go on sale on October 13, 2011.


.: 2012 :.


Warner Bros. announce plans to buy and redevelop the Leavesden Studios site to provide fans with a Harry Potter-themed visitor attraction. They aim to open the attraction in 2012.

The Making of Harry Potter studio tour opens on March 31, 2012.


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Many thanks to Warner Bros. and The Studio Tour for helping TheSnitch compile this.


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