If you, like me, have always been bummed that Hogwarts wasn’t actually real, have we got some news for you. No, the wizarding academy hasn’t suddenly decided to open its doors to us Muggles — but Warner Bros. will be opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’re bound to get to actually attending Professor Snape’s Potions class in this lifetime.

Plans to convert part of the site to a Harry Potter-themed attraction were first reported last year, and earlier this year Warner Bros. announced that the studio would be ready for Potterphiles in Spring 2012. At the time, we wrote that tickets would be on sale sometime this year; we now know exactly when and for how much. Hit the jump for more details on the tour, including a mockup of the studio exterior.

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With only one Harry Potter film to go — this July’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — I’m already anticipating some serious Harry Potter withdrawal. What can I say? J.K. Rowling’s first novel dropped in the U.S. roughly half my lifetime ago, and it’s weird to imagine a world where I’m not breathlessly awaiting the next installment of either the book or film series.

Thanks to today’s announcement by Warner Bros., though, I think I have a pretty good idea of where I’m going to get my next fix. We first reported last year that the film company was planning to turn its Leavesden studios in England into a Harry Potter-themed attraction, and an official press release was sent out today. The three-hour “The Making of Harry Potter” tour will be opening in Leavesden, where much of the film series was shot, next spring. Read more details after the jump.

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