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What’s On London attends VIP Launch of Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

Last week, What’s On London had the opportunity to attend the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour’s VIP Launch of their latest feature, Hogwarts in the Snow.  The Christmassy feeling hit us as soon as we walked through the door as we were greeted by a gigantic Christmas tree in the foyer which was beautifully decorated.

Following some magical drinks in the foyer which bubbled and produced smoke, we were shown through into the Great Hall which has been impeccably decorated with a number of Christmas trees lining the wall behind the tables with a giant wreath hanging over the fireplace.

Crackers and presents decorated in the various house colours adorned the Great Hall tables, while Christmas food including roast potatoes, peas, ham and turkey were piled on top.  Demonstrations were given of how the flames around the Christmas puddings were created before we were able to make our way around the tour.

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HARRY POTTER FANS CAN DINE IN THE HOGWARTS GREAT HALL THIS CHRISTMAS AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

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HARRY POTTER FANS CAN DINE IN THE HOGWARTS GREAT HALL THIS CHRISTMAS AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

Exclusive evening event to be held for first time this festive season

Available on Thursday 3rd December and open to over 18s only

 

Harry Potter fans will find something extra special behind the Great Hall doors this Christmas as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London hosts its first ever festive feast on the iconic set.

On Thursday 3rd December, guests attending ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ will be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés. They’ll then take their seats on the actual set that was used during filming – finding wands waiting for them at their tables – before enjoying the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (vegetarian option also available*)!

During production, the impressive set was decorated for festive scenes and, this Christmas, the Great Hall will be redressed with the authentic props used in the first Harry Potter film as part of the attraction’s Hogwarts in the Snow feature, running from Friday 13th November – Sunday 31st January 2016. Trees adorned with golden baubles shaped like moons and partridges will line the set, while a replica feast will sit atop the long tables (including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries).

First featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Great Hall was home to Hogwarts’ famous feasts and the setting for many other memorable scenes such as the Sorting Ceremony in the first film where Harry is placed in Gryffindor house and the arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

After dinner, guests will be able to explore the Studio Tour, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen from The Burrow, which will also be dressed as they were for winter scenes. On the attraction’s newly-opened Platform 9 ¾ – which features the original Hogwarts Express locomotive – a selection of three festive dessert bowls will be served.

 Butterbeer will also be provided in the backlot café and guests will then have the opportunity to walk up the wizarding shopping street, Diagon Alley, before taking in the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model (covered in a layer of filmmaking snow especially for the festive season). The snow is hand-sprinkled onto the majestic model and is made from a combination of paper and salt – chosen because it clumps like real snowflakes and catches the light like ice.

The evening will conclude with music and dancing, with a bar provided for those who wish to purchase additional drinks.

The Studio Tour’s first ever ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ will take place on Thursday 3rd December from 6pm until midnight and is open to over 18s only. Guests will be seated at tables of 10 and tickets are priced at £230pp (available to purchase at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner or by calling the attraction’s Visitor Services Team on 0845 084 0900).

Tickets include welcome drinks and canapés on arrival, a two-course dinner in the iconic Great Hall set (with drinks, a Christmas cracker and a wand** as well as the option of a vegetarian alternative*), a trio of different festive dessert bowls on Platform 9 ¾, a cup of Butterbeer in the backlot café, the chance to explore the Studio Tour, as well as music and dancing to conclude the evening.

A free cloakroom is available and this will be open for guests on the night, with a shuttle bus running to the event at 5.40pm from Watford Junction and return services leaving the Studio Tour throughout the evening (£2pp return).

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The Animal Actors of Harry Potter visit Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

 

This weekend, What’s on London headed to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to meet some of the famous furry creatures from the Harry Potter movies. Throughout half term, visitors to the Studio Tour were able to meet some of the key animal actors from the eight movies as well as the people who helped to train them.

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Simon Pegg by the Vanishing cabinet from Borgin and Burkes featured in the new Dark Arts area at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter open now
Simon Pegg by the Vanishing cabinet from Borgin and Burkes featured in the new Dark Arts area at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter open now

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches new Dark Arts section

Earlier this week What’s on London attended a special preview of the new Dark Arts exhibition at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Attended by celebrities including Mary Berry, Amanda Holden, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Ross, Kirstie Allsopp and Conor Maynard, guests were able to explore the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since it opened in March 2012.

Following a brief introduction guests were taken through into the Great Hall where the tables were set as though ready for a Hallowe’en feast with sweets, apples and pumpkins. Sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Dumbledore’s Office, Hagrid’s Hut and the Potion’s Classroom were all explored before guests were able to take to the sky on their very own broomsticks and fly Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia in a special green screen area.

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Warwick Davis and Jonathan Ross were spotted wand duelling on Diagon Alley, in front Ollivanders Wand Shop.

Summer Screenings at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

This week What’s on London were invited to a VIP Screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the place where Hogwarts was brought to life. Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden, Watford are this summer hosting Summer Screenings where visitors are able to explore sets including Dumbledore’s Office, the Great Hall, Gryffindor Common Room and the Dormitories before sitting down to enjoy one of the eight blockbuster films.

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