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Hogwarts in the Snow

This festive season, the most magical makeover will take place at the Studio Tour.


Animal Actors from the Harry Potter film series will return to the Studio Tour this February half-term

Hogwarts In The Snow

Friday 14th November – Sunday 1st February 2015

Did You Know?

The food featured in the feasts throughout the early films was real; however, the Set Decoration department later used artificial food created from powder and resin.

The most magical snowfall of the season will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year as the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model is covered in a blanket of snow.

You’ll get the chance to see the castle’s festive makeover up close as well as the iconic Great Hall decorated for Christmas using the actual golden partridges, baubles and props seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Eight Christmas trees will line the iconic set and two long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts with prop versions of turkeys, hams, fruit, vegetables and snow cakes.

For the first time at the Studio Tour, the film series’ Special Effects Department will use coloured lights and a special vapour that flickers and dances to create ‘fire’ in the Great Hall and Gryffindor common room fireplaces. Meanwhile, real flames will lick the plum puddings on display in the Great Hall.

You’ll also be able to see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak, and the dress Luna Lovegood wore to the Slug Club Christmas party in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

More than 130 Hogwarts Christmas crackers were created, these were designed by the Graphics Department and feature the house colours and crests.

The artificial snow used on the Hogwarts castle model throughout the Harry Potter film series was actually dendritic salt.

Model Effects Supervisor Jose Granell will sprinkle snow on to the model using a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake.

One of our staff members, Shelley, previously worked as a Costume Maker and helped create Luna Lovegood's dress for the Slug Club Christmas party.

The Weasley kitchen set will also undergo a seasonal transformation, decorated as though the family had just finished Christmas dinner.

The astronomy tower’s telescope glistening with drops of the salt and glitter mixture.

Animal Actors

Friday 13th – Wednesday 25th February 2015

Back by popular demand, animal actors from the Harry Potter film series will return to the Studio Tour this February half-term. Visitors will be able to pose for pictures with a selection of animals, trained by Head Animal Trainer Julie Tottman, as they revisit the incredible sets they frequented when working on the films. They’ll team up with their trainers to showcase their acting skills and will take part in live training demonstrations.

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