Joanna Vajifdar, 8

For my National Geographic Kids Junior Reporter assignment, I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to see their 'Feathers and Flight' event. There were owls, ravens, crows and much more! If you are a Harry Potter film fan, the studio is well worth a visit. You get to see the props used in the movies, learn how the scenes were filmed - and you can even fly a car and a broom!


During my visit, I was lucky enough to interview head animal trainer Julie Tottman. Here's what she had to say... 

: Hi Julie! Your job as head animal trainer for the Harry Potter films must have been really exciting. How and when did you start training animals?
Julie: I first started training animals when I was 19. When I left school I was a dog hairdresser, which was fun, but I actually started training animals for films when I was 19 years old.

Joanna: In the Harry Potter films you must have had a number of similar looking animals for each animal character. Which character had the most animal actors?
Julie: I think probably Hedwig the owl. He was the worst behaved of the lot, so we had to have lots of doubles for him!

: Which was the most fun animal character to train?
Julie: I really enjoyed training the dogs, but I think I had the most fun with Crookshanks the cat.

Joanna: Animals can be unpredictable - was there one that caused trouble?
Julie: Hedwig - all the time!

: What has been your most exciting job so far and why?
Julie: I loved all the Harry Potter films of course because there was such a variety of animals - we had toads, monkeys, rats and all kinds of things! I'd say the third Harry Potter film was my favourite.

Joanna: Are there any species that you haven’t worked with that you would like to?
Julie: I'd love to work with dolphins. I haven't had the chance yet, but one day I will.

Joanna: I bet that will be amazing! Thanks for answering my questions, Julie!  

Your Comments

Ive been there and its sooooooo cool and harry potters aremy favourite films and the studios is sooooooo epic!!!!!!!! !
Omg!!! I love Harry P and I wish I could go to hogwarts!
Must of been a cool day out

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