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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, better known as the Harry Potter Studio Tour, was visited today by Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

Their visit was a part of The Duke of Cambridge’s Inauguration of the Harry Potter-anchored attraction which opened in 2012. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was present today alongside her husband Neil and Harry Potter film directors David Yates, Mike Newell, and producer David Heyman.

Prince William made a speech at the event, praising what the Harry Potter franchise has done for Britain. “Our Nation’s extraordinary capacity for talent is not a thing of the past. It is worth reminding ourselves that the Harry Potter book series has become the most popular series ever to be printed, and the Harry Potter movie series – filmed right here – is the most successful in history. ‬‪So, what of the future? How can we possibly continue these successes of the past?”

“I am proud to say that, as President of BAFTA, there is a huge amount of work going on to nurture the talent of tomorrow,” he continued. “BAFTA’s inspiring Guru programme is one that I would encourage everyone in the industry to support. I am also immensely proud of the scholarships which BAFTA has announced today, which Warner Brothers are so generously supporting. These scholarships will lead to talented young people, who would otherwise not have the chance to develop their careers, to reach their full potential.”

Check out some nice photos from today’s event below. The Batmobile, as seen in a couple shots below, is part of the Studio Tour because of its connection to Warner Bros.

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You can read our review of the Harry Potter Studio Tour at this link.

Update: Fans may wish to take a look at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they duel with wands during their visit to the Harry Potter set in the video below (the dueling starts at 49 seconds in):

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I’m still happy to see that JK is still so invested in this world.

    • MasterWalpha

      She should be happy. It was her greatest success in her whole career. Not to mention that she is now filthy rich…

  • Emily

    I love Duchess Kate and seeing her meet Jo…..best image on the internet. Picture completely made my existence. I would love to hear their conversation!

    Kate’s expression looking at Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid costume……

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    Polka dot skirts ftw!

    • http://twitter.com/themeels Amelia Brown

      polka twincess!

  • http://twitter.com/themeels Amelia Brown

    Yeah yeah yeah Prince Harry knows how to hold his wand like a boss.

  • Melissa B.

    Love this! Also, on a side note, Kate’s bump is looking very fabulous as well. I hope she reads Harry Potter to her kids :)

  • Meg

    harry, ron and hermione with all three of them!!

  • thatonegirl

    I am fangirling SO HARD right now.

  • frezb

    Too much awesomeness in one post. AHHHHHH. Am curious which wands the royal threesome got!

    • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

      It looks like the Duchess has Luna’s wand, but I can’t quite tell which one the others have.

      • AJ

        And harry has Sirius’ you can tell by the ring around the end

        • http://twitter.com/STARKIDwheeler Houston of Winterfel

          You guys are so wonderfully nerdy. :) I love it

        • frezb

          OMG, i haz the same wand as harry. LOL

    • thatonegirl

      i think i read somewhere that they were specially made for them? i dunno. maybe i misread the article.

    • Christine

      I’m pretty positive its Hermioine’s. You can tell by the vines wrapped around

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Prince Harry is definitely my favourite. He already kinda fits in because he looks like a Weasley named Harry. In the picture where they are entering the Great Hall he looks like he’s dancing in!

  • Jay

    This so cool, it hurts. Plus they all look so happy!

  • RussellTurner

    LOVE IT!!

  • John C

    You know Kate is not a Princess, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

      She is a princess in my eyes :)

    • Zeyu

      Why is she not a princess?

      • Ashleigh

        She’s a Duchess.

      • popok

        She’s not a princess (officially) until Charles becomes King. But lots of poeple refer to her as a princess so don’t worry about it

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebeccaleighhurst Rebecca Leigh Hurst

    Oh I’m so jealous, Im like 20 miles away from this awesome event.

    And Kate is a princess now she’s married, shes ‘HRH Princess Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.’ (and then all the other titles)

  • thejirehscope

    Somehow these pictures made me really happy and wow Duchess Kate is so fabulous I JUST

  • http://twitter.com/Prixie10 Priscilla

    Love this so much! Duchess Kate looks so great in her polka dots. The video of her and William dueling is so cute you guys should upload that!

  • Samantha

    Haha, I bet they didn’t have to pay $35 for their wands . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/leif.estrada Leif Estrada

    that moment when “Harry” could’ve played a “Weasley”

  • Jordin

    I am in utter shock of all this amazing-ness.

  • Laurelin

    JK plus the royals at a HP thing? Cutest thing ever.

  • Winkyxx

    Apparently Bonnie and Matthew were there too! :D

  • Smashley

    “Harry — yer a wizard.” I am really surprised no one said that yet.

  • Ash

    Her baby bump is adorable.

  • maddy323

    Gah, of course they get to touch everything..

  • spacie19

    Omg too much coolness in one room for an Anglophile to take. Side note, if Harry’s sick of being a third wheel, I’m more than happy to step up. My name is S___, I’m an Aries…

  • Jessica

    I love how William says “Expelliarmus” during the wand demo. It makes me hopeful that he’s a legitimate fan.

  • http://twitter.com/Lauren_Chapin Lauren Chapin

    Prince William saying “Expelliarmus!”

  • PotionWillow207

    Kate looks like maybe this isn’t really her thing, but that’s okay. Her dress is cute. And William is having enough fun for the both of them.

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    I have just opened an etsy shop (called PotteverKnits) selling hand knitted golden snitches and harry potter bookmarks and I would really appreciate it if anyone interested would check them out. Thank you for reading this and not just dismissing it as spam :)

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