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Harry Potter studio tour opens

The Harry Potter studio tour opens today in Hertfordshire Photo: ITV News

The new Harry Potter studio tour opens its doors today giving Potter fans a glimpse of the magic which brought the J K Rowling stories to the silver screen.

Thousands of fans are expected to turn up for the opening today where stars including Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Bonnie Wright will be putting in an appearance. Visitors to the attraction in Leavesden studios in Hertfordshire will be able to visit and experience the actual sets props, costumes, animatronics and special effects used in the eight Harry Potter films.

The three-hour walking tour's attractions include the original Great Hall of Hogwarts School, built for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.The hall features graffiti by Hogwarts' pupils, solid oak and pine house tables which were built for the films, and York stone flooring laid more than 11 years ago.Some of the most recognisable sets include Dumbledore's office, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, Gryffindor common room and the Weasley kitchen.

On ITV1's Daybreak the actor Tom Felton, who starred in all eight films as Draco Malfoy, gave Kate Garraway and Dan Lobb a personal, guided tour around the attraction.

People can ride on the famous broomsticks and visitors will also see close-ups of the costumes, animatronics, special effects and props seen by millions on TV and movie screens worldwide.

The actor Rupert Grint, who played Harry's best friend Ron Weasley in all the films, says the sets hold many fond memories for him.

What makes this tour so special is that everything on show has been used in the making of the Harry Potter film series.

All the sets, props and costumes are authentic and show the incredible detail and craftsmanship that goes into film production.

All the films were shot at Leavesden so it's wonderful to be giving the sets a permanent home here.

– Sarah Roots, vice president of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour

A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £83. Individual tickets for people aged 16 and over are £28 and £21 for children aged five to 15.

For more information go to the Warner Bros' Harry Potter Studio Tour website.