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Published on : Saturday, January 9, 2016
Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast, complete with flaming Christmas puddings, is laid out on the long tables. Special-effects fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor common room is filled with festive treats and the detailed castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow.
Get up close to props and models used in the Harry Potter films, and take a look around the studio’s famous movie sets decorated as they were for the festive scenes. You’ll also discover how artificial snow is created and how special effect fires are controlled on set.
Explore The Great Hall, which will be decked out in festive finery this season with no fewer than eight Christmas trees decorated with baubles and topped with witches on broomsticks.
The imposing hall will also host a feast like no other with the likes of roast turkeys, hams, potatoes and cakes adorning the tables – sadly, all of these are props, despite their realistic appearance. Just in case you fancied tucking in!
Don’t miss the Flaming Christmas puddings. During the Great Hall Christmas feast in the film, the puddings had real flames, which were created using gas pipes that ran from the floor and up through the tables.
See Hogwarts castle in a different, twinkling light this Christmas, as it is covered in glistening snow for a festive feel. Made from paper and salt, the dusting of snow gives the scale model first used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone an even more lifelike appearance.
Don’t miss the chance to feel the different types of “snow” used during filming, from the snow with the greatest crunch to snow as light as a feather.
See at first hand numerous props used in the films during the studio tour. Venture along Diagon Alley, home to the Leaky Cauldron pub with a lit fireplace for Christmas; and discover the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley kitchen decorated in a festive style.
You’ll also have the chance to pose with a replica of platform 9 ¾ and see the Hogwarts Express, Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and Hogwarts Bridge amongst many other attractions.
Don’t miss the chance to examine the Goblet of Fire, which will be exhibited for the first time this year. Having been taken out of its jewelled casket the goblet, which featured in the fourth Harry Potter film, will be specially lit with blue and red flames
Make sure to stop off in the Studio Shop on your festive visit, the perfect opportunity to pick up a Christmas gift. Form exploding bon bons and Ron Weasley’s wand, to scarves and knitted jumpers, you’ll find something for every Harry Potter fan.
The event ends on January 31, so hurry up!
Tags: magical festive season