Harry Potter fans are invited to discover the filmmaking secrets behind Christmas in the Wizarding World when ‘Hogwarts in the Snow‘ returns to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this winter.
From Saturday 16th November 2019 to Sunday 26th January 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to see the series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical wintery makeover.
The Great Hall will be transformed for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.
This festive season also sees the return of the highly anticipated ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ events at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, which run each night from 9th to 11th December 2019.
Harry Potter fans can enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the truly magical Great Hall set that will be completely transformed for the festive season.
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.
The festive transformation will begin 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 to the Studio Tour will get a taster of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop- Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball.
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.
As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover.
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, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.
The Hogwarts castle model will also be transformed with a layer of filmmaking snow.
During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process takes place at the Studio Tour every festive season.
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 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter from Saturday 16th November 2019 to Sunday 26th January 2020. The Dinners in the Great Hall will be taking place on 9th to 11th December. Tickets will go on sale on 17th September at 10am.
For more information, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner