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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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FIRST LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL HOGWARTS EXPRESS AND PLATFORM 9 ¾ AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER


Today Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has offered a sneak peek at its Platform 9 ¾ expansion, including the original Hogwarts Express steam train. The 78-year-old red engine has returned to the series’ production home, displayed on a realistic set of tracks with steam billowing ready to greet visitors later this month.

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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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Original Hogwarts Express Locomotive to arrive at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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.

Tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour can be booked here.

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Animal Actors who played Hedwig and Crookshanks return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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This half-term, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will get the chance to meet the animal actors who starred in the most successful film series of all time. From Friday 13th to Wednesday 25th February, a selection of animals will team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and take part in live training demonstrations.

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