Warner Bros: Harry Potter Studios – Hogwarts In The Snow Review
This festive season, Christmas has come to Hogwarts! Myself and two of my writers very excitedly attended the launch of Hogwarts in the Snow to discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as well as witness the exciting new exhibition of the Yule Ball.
After enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies in the waiting area, we were taken inside a movie theatre to revisit how Harry Potter took over the world. We then were taken to a grand set of doors which lead to the Great Hall stage. ONIN.London was tasked with opening the doors and the looks on our faces just explained how excited we were. (visit here to see for yourselves.)
Upon opening the Great Hall stage it was amazing to see it decorated for the first time ever as the Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament was covered in gorgeous silver, realistic icicles and sparkling snow. The Snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments were just fantastic. The long dining tables were also dressed with seasonal feasts at Hogwarts of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings!. It’s strange to think that all this fabulous looking food was all just props in the film.
More prosecco, drinks and canapes were present throughout the studio tour, but these were often forgot as we explored. As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the sets and props were given a Christmas makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory were especially fantastic and made us feel like we were with Harry when he woke up during his first Christmas in ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’.
This was my first time entering into the Forbidden Forest and boy was it terrifying! Death Eaters stalking the entrance and Aragog guarding his cave – you’ll at least hopefully be saved by Buckbeak.
It was absolutely awe-inspiring learning about the magic behind Harry Potter. We rode broomsticks, sat on the Hogwarts Express, ran through Platform 9&3/4s, drank Butter Beer and ate even more delicious Butter Beer Ice-cream. It was an evening we’ll never forget. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see David Tennant but he was there with a host of other celebs. We really were VIPS for the evening.
The tour ends in the room with the Hogwarts castle model. This model has been transformed into a winter wonderland and must be seen to be believed. It’s massive and it’s amazing that this model was used in filming those fabulous scenes of Harry flying over Hogwarts.
Hogwarts in the Snow will run until Sunday the 28th January 2018. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price. So hurry up and book your tickets now – this is a must see attraction!
Written by Tegan LeBon
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