Saturday, March 3, 2012
Incredibly detailed model of HOGWARTS CASTLE from HARRY POTTER is revealed for the FIRST TIME!
Ever since the first Harry Potter novel was released almost 15 years ago, children and adults alike have fantasised about visiting its famous boarding school for wizards and witches.
But, as these incredible pictures show, they need to dream no longer.
Whether you show magic ability or not - fans now have the opportunity to get as close to Hogwarts Castle as they are ever likely to get.
This extraordinary model of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is due to go on display for the first time.
The model was built for the first film - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - and has been used for exterior shots in every film since.
When all the time spent by 86 artists and crew members is added up, it took an incredible 74 years to build.
Measuring 50 feet across, it has more than 2,500 fibre optic lights to simulate lantern torches and students passing through hallways.
It even has miniature owls in the Owlery and hinges on the doors.
The castle, which was based on Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle, is now due to go on display as part of The Making Of Harry Potter studio tour at Leavesden Studios, near Watford.