Mummy was so very lucky to have been invited to see Hogwarts in the Snow a couple of weeks ago. She decided to take my biggest sis MeeMee who couldn’t come with us in the summer, and who is a HUGE Harry Potter fan.
Mummy says…. ‘You can read our full review of the Warner Bros Studio Tour here. It was lovely to visit again to see that some props had been moved, and some new ones had appeared, so it was just as fascinating as I noticed different things that I had missed before. We enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies and canapés in the entrance and the Great Hall, as well as drinks on Platform 9 3/4.
Everywhere was dressed for Christmas, and outside at The Back Lot where the Night Bus and Privet Drive are, there was a very realistic snow machine – it was a freezing cold night so this was really effective, and MeeMee and I actually squealed! You can watch my Facebook Live video of the snow here.
The Great Hall took Mummy’s breath away, and MeeMee actually cried! It was dressed for Christmas Dinner, with special effect Flaming Christmas Puddings, Christmas Trees, snow-effects at the windows and more. It looked beautiful.
The Gryffindor Boy’s Dormitory was dressed with tinsel, and the Gryffindor Common Room had a gorgeous Christmas Tree and was fully decorated.
The incredible model of Hogwarts was covered in snow and looked stunning. My phone froze and I was unable to take a photo of it – which I was gutted about, but suffice to say it looked absolutely awesome. There was also a demonstration on how the different types of snow and ice are made which was fascinating.
Hogwarts in the Snow is a real treat for Harry Potter fans it is on until 29 January 2017, if you are able to get tickets and can get to the studios. Or what about buying tickets for the fan in your family as a Christmas present? If you can’t make Hogwarts in the Snow, here is a preview of other great events coming up in 2017 (Oh and Hogwarts in the Snow is running again next year from 18 November 2017 – 4 February 2018.
WHAT’S ON IN 2017 AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER.
Directing Dobby 4 February- 31 March
Visitors are invited to discover the behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveils a special feature dedicated to Dobby. Filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized, intricately detailed, physical model, both of which will be on display for the special feature. Visitors will also be able to make Dobby copy their movements in a new interactive experience that demonstrates the motion capture technology used to bring CGI characters to life on screen.
21 July – 4 September
Thousands of costumes were created during the ten years of filming, from Hogwarts school robes and Hermione’s beautiful Yule Ball gown to ghost costumes that could appear transparent via visual effects. During this special feature, visitors will discover the incredible craftsmanship and artistry that went into creating the visual world of Harry Potter, as the Studio Tour showcases some of the best never-before-seen costumes from the magical film series. Visitors will be able to see the whole process from initial designs to the finished costume, as well as learning how new clothes were made to look centuries old or battle-torn through the art of costume distressing.
27 October – 6 November
For a limited time only, visitors will get the chance to delve deeper than ever before into the sinister world of Dark Arts. Visitors can try out their wand combat techniques against a Death Eater or walk down a darker, spookier Diagon Alley. As part of the feature, the lights in the wizarding shopping street will be dimmed, the music will become more foreboding and the set will be patrolled by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s followers.
Hogwarts in the Snow
18 November- 4 February 2018
2017 will conclude with the return of the Studio Tour’s popular festive feature, Hogwarts in the Snow, running from 18 November – 4 February 2018. The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. 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.
Tickets for the Studio Tour must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the attraction’s
Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900. All extra activities are included in the ticket price.