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While J.K. Rowling teases us with clues about the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London has been preparing their own treat for Harry Potter fans, in the form of a Dark Arts exhibit as a permanent addition to the tour. Today, we have our first look at the creepy exhibit, which opens next week. Check out Malfoy Manor...
Last month, we learned that Warner Bros. Studios Tour London was expanding their Harry Potter exhibit to showcase the Dark Arts, the area of magic more appreciated and practiced by the likes of He Who Must Not Be Named and his supporters. Naturally, the sinister dining room of Malfoy Manor would be among the sets on display. Using props and costumes from the films, the Malfoy Manor location has been recreated, as you can see above. That includes figures representing the Death Eaters seated around the table, Voldemort's snake Nagini, and the suspended body of Charity Burbage, the Muggle Studies professor who's being toyed with and tortured.
Here's a closer look at the creepy sight of Charity Burbage, courtesy of WB Studio Tours London's Facebook page:
While she dangles from above, the faceless Death Eaters are seated below at Voldemort's table, at the Death Eater's make-shift headquarters. Those represented in this scene are Lucius Malfoy, his wife Narcissa, Severus Snape, Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, Minister of Magic Pius Thicknesse and others.
Let's take a closer look at that incredible and sinister looking fireplace in the background...
And Nagini, who's made herself at home on that table...
Moving away from Malfoy Manor, here we have a look at what appears to be the Borgin and Burkes exhibit.
Set in the Diagon Alley-adjacent neighborhood, Knockturn Alley, Borgin and Burkes is known to sell some dark and sinister artifacts. The above display appears to showcase more than a few sinister looking items. How many galleons for the sarcophagus? Scratch that. Who knows what's inside that thing?! But it looks like that's the Vanishing Cabinet over on the left. Too bad Fiendfyre wrecked its counterpart. Otherwise we might have found our way into the Room of Requirement! (Thanks a lot, Crabbe). And don't go trying to grip the Hand of Glory like Harry did in Chamber of Secrets...
I'm assuming there's a no-touching policy on these props, which is just as well. (No touching!)
The Tour also promises a look at Dolores Umbridge's overly pink office...
I love cats but this is just... horrifying. Possibly even creepier than the sight of faceless Death Eaters.
What's that on her desk? Looks like a stack of files...
Perhaps those are the Undesirables she's determined to catch?
Those who aren't content to look at photos will just have to visit the tour at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London when the Dark Arts exhibit launches (Tuesday, October 14). You might want to pack your Patronus... just in case.