Let Hogwarts bring you home this Christmas.
This festive season, inject some Christmas cheer with Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden as they open their doors to visitors for the fourth edition of Hogwarts In The Snow, a themed studio tour surrounding the Harry Potter film series based on the books written by JK Rowling.
Launching on Friday 13th November 2015 and for a limited time only, fans of the Harry Potter saga will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film sets in its most magical Christmas makeover yet. Visitors could learn the secrets of how flames are conjured without fire and how snow that never melts is created.
Returning for its 4th installment since its successful debut, the team behind Hogwarts In The Snow have claimed to stage the tables in the Great Hall film set, covered with a replicated Christmas feast, featuring mountains of roast turkeys to bowls of herby potatoes, down to flaming Christmas puddings rigged with real flames fluttering alongside authentic Christmas decorations.
A near life sized scale model of the Hogwarts Castle — whose original version took seven months to build — will also be transformed into a vast snowy white wonderland by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who also worked on the film series. Each layer of ‘snow’ on the castle will be painstakingly applied by hand, according to their marketing team.
The event will also present the Goblet of Fire in its original jewelled casket for the first time since production of the film ended. The Goblet was used as a way to select participants for the Triwizard Tournament in the books. The original Hogwarts Express, a British steam train that was found in a preservation center in Lancashire after a nationwide search efforts by the film crew will also be displayed for the first time along the train platform set, Platform 9¾.
Living in London does have its perks as well, as the studio is only about an hour’s drive away from the city center.
As Ms Rowling puts it, “No story lives unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Friday 13th November — Sunday 31st January 2016. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.