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Hogwarts In The Snow & Dinner in the Great Hall Returning to WB Studio Tour London
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Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts In The Snow is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year! It will run from Saturday November 17th until Sunday January 27th. Visitors will see sets from the Harry Potter series transformed for festive season, including the Great Hall which will be dressed as it was for the Yule Ball, the Gryffindor common room, the Weasley burrow and the Hogwarts castle model covered in snow.

Dinner in the Great Hall

Also back by popular demand, Dinner in the Great Hall events will be held from 10th-12th December, with the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the festively-decorated Great Hall set. Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾, before guests are able to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours. Tickets are £240 and will go on sale at 10am on September 25th at wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

Photos from last year’s Hogwarts in the Snow and Dinner in the Great Hall events may be seen in our gallery!

From the press release:

Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow. From Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. The Great Hall will be transformed, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.

This festive season also sees the return of the highly anticipated ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ events at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Each night from 10th-12th December, Harry Potter fans can enjoy drinks and canapes before sitting down to a two-course Christmas feast on the truly magical Great Hall set that will be completely transformed for the festive season. Dessert will be served on Platform 9 ¾ next to the original Hogwarts Express locomotive and guests will be free to explore the Studio Tour exclusively after hours. For more details, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. Visitors to the Studio Tour will get a taster of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball.

In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, The Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees and the long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.

As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were created by the cast members during production. Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.

The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed with a layer of filmmaking snow. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto 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. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 17th November – Sunday 27th January 2019. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price. Tickets to Dinner in the Great Hall will go on sale at 10am on 25th September 2018 and can be purchased from: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner.

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Hogwarts After Dark Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
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Last year’s popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this year! They invite brave witches, wizards and Muggles to attend a magical Hallowe’en evening in the Great Hall. The ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ events will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th October from 7:30pm until midnight and are open to over 18s only. Tickets are priced at £240pp and will go on sale on Tuesday 28th August at 10am at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark. Photos from previous events can be seen in the gallery.

Tickets include:

  • Welcome drinks and canapés on arrival
  • Exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour
  • A two-course dinner in the iconic Great Hall set with drinks (special dietary alternatives are available)
  • A selection of dessert bowls served in the Forbidden Forest
  • A taster of Butterbeer in the backlot café
  • Pumpkin-making demonstrations by the Prop Making Department
  • Wand Choreography interactive with Paul Harris
  • Souvenir green screen photograph and Forbidden Forest edition souvenir guidebook

A free cloakroom is available, and this will be open for guests on the night. A complimentary shuttle bus will be running to the event at approx. 6:50pm from Watford Junction and return services will leave the Studio Tour throughout the evening.

For more details, please visit: www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/after-dark

Full details on the event may be read below:

HOGWARTS AFTER DARK EVENTS RETURN TO WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON THIS HALLOWE’EN

Following last year’s incredibly popular ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is once again inviting brave witches, wizards and Muggles to enjoy a magical Hallowe’en evening on the set of the Hogwarts Great Hall on 26th-28th October.

Guests attending ‘Hogwarts after Dark’ will begin their magical evening with smoking dry ice cocktails and canapés before stepping onto the red carpet through the doors of the wizarding school into the Great Hall, which will be completely transformed for Hallowe’en. The Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while the long tables will be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After stepping into the actual Great Hall set that was used for filming, guests will enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and drinks surrounded by the original props and costumes. All before grabbing a lantern and following the spiders into the newly opened Forbidden Forest where dessert will be served in the company of magical creatures such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Aragog the Acromantula.

Throughout the evening, Death Eaters will be roaming the Tour dressed in the original costumes from the film series allowing guests to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks. After dinner, guests are invited to explore the Studio Tour after hours, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen from The Burrow, before meeting members of the Prop Making Department who will be revealing the filmmaking secrets behind the ceiling full of enchanted pumpkins.

The evening continues with the chance to learn wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, in preparation for a live duel with Death Eaters. A refreshing glass of Butterbeer will be provided in the backlot café and guests will then have the opportunity to explore a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters. The evening will conclude with the opportunity to pick up your complimentary Souvenir Guidebook

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Darks Arts Event Returning to WB Studio Tour London; Plus Exclusive Costume Evenings
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Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November is Dark Arts – an event allowing fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World.

In addition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7th October. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts.

EXPLORE THE DARKNESS OF THE WIZARDING WORLD THIS HALLOWE’EN AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON

Embody your favourite Harry Potter character and come dressed for the part at brand-new costume evenings during Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

From Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to explore the darkness of the Wizarding World as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts a special feature dedicated to the Dark Arts.

New for 2018, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London invites fans to celebrate their favourite costumes of the Wizarding World and book for one of two exclusive costume evenings from 6:45pm on 6th and 7thOctober. Fans can come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter witch, wizard, Muggle or even creature and enjoy unique photo opportunities and giveaways laid on specially to celebrate the costumes of the Dark Arts. Tickets go on sale at 10am on 14th August and are available from wbstudiotour.co.uk/celebration-of-costume.

Returning this year, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Created by Head Propmaker on all the Harry Potter films, Pierre Bohanna, the pumpkins are modelled on those found in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch inHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are hand-carved by the Prop Making Department so no two are alike. The Great Hall tables will also be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops.

After learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, visitors are invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot.  Demonstrating how a crowd scene like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, visitors will test out their newly learned wand techniques as they are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge.

In addition to this, vats of slimy Troll snot, buckets of dribbling drool (of the three-headed dog variety) and pools of silvery unicorn blood will be showcased in the Tour allowing visitors to get hands-on and see exactly how the slime and goo was created. Visitors will also be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed and the music becomes more foreboding on the wizarding shopping street.

The Studio Tour’s Dark Arts feature will run from Friday 28th September – Saturday 10th November. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities, including the costume evenings, are included in the ticket price.

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WB Studio Tour London Hosting Harry Potter Quiz Nights in the Great Hall
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Warner Bros Studio Tour London - Harry Potter Quiz Night

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be hosting a series of exclusive Harry Potter Quiz Nights in the Great Hall on 5th, 12th and 19th July, where fans will be able to put their knowledge of the Wizarding World to the test. Guests will begin by exploring the Studio Tour before enjoying a hot meal (Butterbeer included!) in the Backlot Café, before taking their seats for the quiz. Winners will then receive a collection of exclusive Warner Bros. Studio Tour London goodies. Tickets are priced at £65 per person and will be available to purchase from 10am on 5th June, and must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/quiz-night.

The full press release, with more details, is below:

This July, for the first time, Harry Potter fans will be able to test their Wizarding World knowledge in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is launching a series of Harry Potter quiz nights in the authentic set where Harry, Ron and Hermione sat their O.W.L. exams.

Taking place on 5th, 12th and 19th July, guests to these exclusive quiz nights will begin by exploring the Studio Tour during the current Goblet of Fire feature and enjoying a hot meal, drink and Butterbeer in the Backlot Café. After braving the Forbidden Forest and browsing Diagon Alley, teams will take their seats to face off against fellow Harry Potter fans. Rounds of questions will test guests on their knowledge of Magical Artefacts, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Care of Magical Creatures among many others with the chance to win a collection of exclusive Warner Bros. Studio Tour London goodies.

Tickets will be available to purchase from 10am on 5th June and must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/quiznight. Tickets are priced at £65 per person. The package includes entrance to the Studio Tour, a hot meal, drink and Butterbeer in the Backlot Café and access to the Harry Potter quiz in the Great Hall. Teams should be a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12.

A free cloakroom is available, and this will be open for guests on the night. There will also be a shuttle bus running between the Studio Tour and Watford Junction station.

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Go ‘Behind The Seams’ at Warner Bros Studio Tour London
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be launching a brand-new feature which will allow visitors the opportunity to discover first-hand the spellbinding secrets of the Costume Department – ‘Behind The Seams.

From initial sketches to the finished costumes seen on screen, Tour experts will be showing never-before-seen costumes including those belonging to Herbology Professor Sprout, Trizwizard champion Cedric Diggory and even Lord Voldemort himself. Visitors will also receive the exclusive opportunity to choose their house colours and wear an original Hogwarts robe which appeared on screen in the actual films.

The ‘Behind The Seams’ feature will run daily during May half term, from 26th May – 3rd June, and every weekend until 22nd July. Tickets are available to purchase now. The full press release may be read below with photos in the gallery.

New for 2018, The Making of Harry Potter – Behind the Seams experience will allow you to discover first-hand the spellbinding secrets of the Costume Department that created over 25,000 unique items of clothing for the Wizarding World. From initial sketches to the finished costume seen on screen, our Tour experts will reveal the behind-the-scenes journey that brought your favourite characters to life. Discover how new clothes were made to look centuries old or battle-torn with the help of paint, mud and wire brushes, how magical snail trails were created on your favourite Herbology Professor’s robes and why Aunt Marge needed 38 costumes for just one scene.

Presented in a workshop environment, you’ll be the first to discover up close exclusive costumes never-before-seen at the Studio Tour including those belonging to beloved Herbology Professor Sprout, Triwizard champion Cedric Diggory and even the flowing robes of Lord Voldemort himself, distressed for the Battle of Hogwarts. Visitors to Behind the Seams will also receive the exclusive opportunity to choose their house colours and wear an original Hogwarts robe which appeared on screen in the Harry Potter film series.

This is a brand-new experience and will be running daily from 26th May – 3rd June 2018, and every weekend until 22nd July. Tickets are priced at £65 for adults & £55 for children including entrance to the Studio Tour and a one-hour Behind the Seams session. Tickets are available for Studio Tours starting at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Carer tickets are free and are available by contacting the Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900. The content of Behind the Seams is not tailored towards younger children; we would therefore recommend the session for children aged 12 years or older.

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Discover the Secrets of Dobby at WB Studio Tour London
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For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen. Directing Dobby will run at the Studio Tour from Saturday 4th February – Friday 31st March 2017.

This new year, visitors are invited to discover behind-the-scenes secrets of everybody’s favourite house-elf as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London launches a special feature dedicated entirely to Dobby. Introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby was predominantly a CGI character, filmmakers went through multiple processes and techniques to create Dobby from a tennis ball on a stick to a full sized intricately detailed physical model.

During filming, an incredibly detailed model of Dobby was created so the cast would know exactly where to look when shooting scenes with the CGI character. Created by Creature and Make-Up Effects Designer Nick Dudman and his team, each detail on the model was hand-painted right down to the veins in his eyes.  As part of the feature, this model of Dobby will be freed from his current display to take centre stage at the Studio Tour allowing visitors to see these details up close.

For the first time ever, visitors will be able to take part in an interactive motion capture experience at the Studio Tour. Consisting of three screens, the experience shows Dobby at different stages of motion capture, from an initial wireframe to the fully-rendered Dobby as we know and love him. Standing in front of the display, visitors will see three versions of Dobby reflecting their movements in real-time, demonstrating the process used by filmmakers when bringing CGI characters to life on screen.

Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot Dobby in the window of Harry’s childhood home number four, Privet Drive. The Muggle home will be reopened for the occasion allowing visitors to peek into the Dursleys’ living room where hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they did in the iconic scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

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