If you want to cast a jelly-brain jinx to render your enemies helpless or convulse them into hysterics by hurling a tickle charm their way, Hogwarts in the Snow, London will fulfil all of your Harry Potter dreams.
Set to run until 29 January, 2017, Hogwarts in the Snow is receiving rave reviews and is proving to be a real hit with all age groups.
Explore the ‘chilly’ Hogwarts sets to discover how snow is made that never melts and marvel at locations which are transformed into winter wonderlands. Flames are created without fire and the studios have received an awesomely magical makeover.
Adult tickets are £35 per head, children, £27 and a family ticket for two adults and two children is £107. For more prices see the website.
‘Potterheads’ get to see some of the most famous sets, including the Hogwarts castle dressed up to the nines with festive decorations and film making snow. Eight Christmas trees line the Great Hall which is decked with giant shiny baubles and savoury props, including turkey, ‘flaming’ puddings and decorated cakes.
The Gryffindor common room was also dressed for the occasion with streamers, Christmas crackers and oranges.
The Goblet of Fire is one of the highlights of the Hogwarts in the Snow Studio Tour and has been created by a special effects team to rise from its casket ‘alight’ with flames which change colour from blue to red.
The Hogwarts castle model is sprinkled with snow, made from granulated paper and salt grains which clump together like real snowflakes and reflect the light. The castle has been upgraded several times in the past few years. The bridge was added for the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Astronomy tower for the Half-Blood Prince.
Water vapour and lighting effects are used in the Great Hall to represent real fires and although the Christmas scenes are authentic, many were shot in summer.
Located in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, just north of Watford, the Film Studios were originally an old aircraft factory which manufactured planes, including the Halifax Bomber from 1939 to 1994. On 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.
The beauty of Hogwarts in the Snow and the Studio Tour are the breath-taking special effects, which even Mr Potter in his pomp would find hard to reproduce!
If you plan to make a day of it, choose from a range of delicious refreshments at the Studio and Backlot cafes. Sample a ‘butterbeer,’ a hot meal or snack and choose from a range of Harry Potter memorabilia in the gift shop.
Following a 100 million-plus investment, Warner Bros. is the only Hollywood studio to operate a production facility and state-of-the-art studios in the UK and helps promote the country as a centre of excellence for film-making.