Did you miss out on your Hogwarts letter again, this year? Well, the good news is there’s another way to get to Hogwarts!
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is giving all us muggles the chance to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World, undergoing its own magical makeover as Hogwarts in the Snow returns once again.
Not only will you get a chance to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets – such as The Great Hall and the Gryffindor common room decorated for festive scenes – but ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ also returns, where you can enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast inside The Great Hall itself.
Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾ next to the original Hogwarts Express locomotive, and guests will be free to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours.
Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019, where visitors will not only get to see some of their favourite places transformed, but also discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts.
The festive transformation begins in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball.
As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow.
Visitors will get to see some of this magic themselves, being surrounded by snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments.
In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees, and the long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts – with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.
The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production.
Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.
And speaking of effects, what about the snow?
During filming, a member of the crew would climb aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkle the ‘snow’ – a mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt – onto the model by hand with a sieve, and the same process will be used during the Studio Tour.
Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.
Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019, with ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ taking place from 10th-12th December.
Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.
Tickets to Dinner in the Great Hall will go on sale at 10am on 25 September 2018 and can be purchased from: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner .
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