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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
ORIGINAL HOGWARTS EXPRESS LOCOMOTIVE TO ARRIVE AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
Platform 9 ¾ expansion to be revealed in March
This March, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a 20,000ft2 expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam engine and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾. The new, permanent section will offer a glimpse into how some of the films’ most iconic scenes were created as well as give visitors the chance to climb aboard the train’s carriage and to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall.
Throughout the Harry Potter film series, British steam train no. 5972, ‘Olton Hall’, was used as the Hogwarts Express. Scenes featuring the working engine – including the very last scene to be shot, in which a grown-up Harry, Ron and Hermione wave their own children off as they head to school – were filmed on a soundstage at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on a track running the full length of the Studios’ 100-acre backlot. The 78-year-old engine will return to the series’ production home this spring and will be displayed on a realistic set of tracks, with steam billowing as visitors step onto the platform.
Officially opening on Thursday 19th March, the new, must-see section has been redesigned and will be built by many of the crew members who worked on the most successful film series of all time. Every inch of the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks, designed by Oscar® and BAFTA winning Production Designer Stuart Craig, will be painstakingly reassembled by a team led by Construction Manager Paul Hayes and dressed by Set Decorator Rosie Goodwin. Oscar® and BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson will rig the locomotive with special effects steam.
Visitors will be able to walk along the train’s adjoining carriage and sit in the interior carriage set that was used during filming (complete with ‘windows’ that demonstrate the process used to create iconic train scenes from the films such as the escape of Harry’s first Chocolate Frog and the Dementor attack). A selection of prop luggage will be on show and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more). A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.
Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “We can’t wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour’s third anniversary in March. The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films so we’re excited that it will be taking centre stage in the new area. It’s the piece that visitors have most requested to see and we’re expecting a fantastic response.”
Stuart Craig, Production Designer on all eight Harry Potter films, added: “The Hogwarts Express was the setting for many iconic scenes, from Harry, Hermione and Ron’s first meeting in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to the moment the trio’s children embark on their first journey to school 26 years later. The wizarding world doesn’t have a need for modern technology so we knew a traditional steam engine would make the perfect school train. Before we began filming in 2000, we scoured the country and found ‘Olton Hall’ at a preservation centre in Lancashire; realising pretty quickly that it was exactly what we had been looking for.”
The new Platform 9 ¾ section, featuring the original Hogwarts Express, will open on Thursday 19th March and entrance will be included in the standard ticket price.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), is excited to announce the opening of a location at Southlake Mall in Merrillville, Indiana. Opening on Thursday, February 12th at noon, H&M at Southlake Mall will add to the current five locations in the state and give customers there even more access to the latest trends at the best prices.
“We are so excited to be opening a new store in Indiana!” says Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “We look forward to providing our Merrillville customers with everything they need for spring, from basics to inspiring fashion items for the whole family, all at great value.”
The approximately 23,000 square foot H&M at Southlake Mall will offer collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie, maternity, sports apparel and its plus-size line, H&M+. This location will also carry the Swedish retailer’s fantastic children’s collection, which features quality clothing for kids of all ages, from newborn to fourteen years.
H&M supports local economies by adding jobs with each new location they open. As a rapidly expanding brand, H&M is always looking for new talent to grow with the company and take on new challenges. The retailer is proud to have added approximately 15,000 employees in the US.
H&M is the first fashion company to roll out a global garment recycling program. Through this initiative, H&M customers at Southlake Mall can help save natural resources and contribute to a reduced environmental impact by donating old and unwanted pieces of clothing from any brand while in the store. Customers will receive a voucher for 15% off their entire next purchase for each bag of donated clothing.
To kick off the recycling program on opening day, customers who bring garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon will also have the chance to win H&M gift cards valued between $50 and $100 in addition to receiving the 15% off voucher.
H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M), one of the world’s largest retailers known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics, was the largest user of organic cotton in the world in 2013. H&M is committed to using only organic or better cotton in all of its collections by 2020. The store at Southlake Mall will offer the best of sustainable fashion through its spring 2015 collection.
In celebration of opening day, H&M at Southlake Mall will offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M t-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other fantastic opening offers for the whole family!
H & M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) at Southlake Mall is located at2109 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN 46410. The store can be reached by phone at (855) 466-7467. Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For all available job positions please visit careers.hm.com.
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