Hogwarts in the snow

I’ll be in London on November for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and I was already thinking of going to the Warner Bros Studio Tour of Harry Potter, but now, I’ll most definitely go! =)

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Hogwarts in the Snow
Friday 15th November – Monday 6th January

This winter, the Studio Tour will undergo a festive makeover:

  • Experience the most magical snowfall of the season as the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model is covered in a blanket of snow.
  • Discover some of the intricately-detailed sets decorated using the actual decorations and food props seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • Explore the Great Hall which will be lined with eight Christmas trees, along with festoons of holly, mistletoe and golden wreaths. Two long dining tables will also be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts with prop versions of turkeys, hams, fruit, vegetables, plum puddings and snow cakes. 
  • 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 the first Christmas present Harry 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.

Festive facts:

  • The artificial snow used on the Hogwarts castle model throughout the Harry Potter film series was actually dendritic salt. It was chosen because it clumps like snow and even squeaks when walked on. During filming, a member of the crew would have climbed aboard a cherry picker and put salt on the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process will be used at the Studio Tour this November and samples of the different types of salt used will also be on display.
  • 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.

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