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Attend Dinner in The Great Hall This December at WB Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

Dinner in the Great Hall

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London has announced an exciting activity they planned for this Winter. On December 3rd fans will be able to have a holiday themed dinner in the Great Hall! Tickets for this exclusive event cost £230 (roughly €311 or $349). You can book your tickets here and read more information about the evening below.

Join us this Christmas for our first ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ and experience something extra special as you’re greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés, before dining in the iconic set that is the Great Hall.

The Hogwarts dining room will be dressed for the occasion with the original props used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries. A wand will be waiting for you at your table and you’ll enjoy the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on the authentic set (vegetarian option also available).

First featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Great Hall was home to Hogwarts’ famous feasts and the setting for many other memorable scenes such as the Sorting Ceremony in the first film where Harry is placed in Gryffindor house and the arrival of the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons students in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

After dinner, you’ll be able to:

  • Explore the Studio Tour, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen at The Burrrow, which will also be dressed as they were for winter scenes.
  • Enjoy a selection of three festive dessert bowls on Platform 9 ¾, alongside the original Hogwarts Express.
  • Drink Butterbeer in the backlot café and walk up the wizarding shopping street, Diagon Alley, before taking in the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model (covered in a layer of filmmaking snow especially for the festive season).
  • Finish the evening with music and dancing, with a bar provided for those who wish to purchase additional drinks.

Our first ever ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ will take place from 6pm until midnight and is open to over 18s only.

Guests will be seated at tables of 10.

Please read the terms and conditions before booking.

A few other tidbits that may be of interest from the event FAQs may be read below:

  • To choose your preferred wand, please contact the Events Team (options include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort).
  • Upon booking, you will receive an email confirmation which will direct you to contact the Events Team with your dietary requirements.
  • Smart, casual and evening wear are all encouraged for this event, however we are also looking forward to seeing some of your Hogwarts attire!
Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Will Now Be Two Plays
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J.K. Rowling confirmed on Twitter today that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will now be two separate plays due to the “epic nature o the story.” Pottermore was also updated with further information. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in London’s West End summer 2016, with tickets going on sale this Autumn. You can register for priority booking at HarryPotterthePlay.com.

The important bits from the Pottermore post may be read below:

Bafta-winning writer Jack Thorne was elated by the chance to delve deeper into the wizarding world.‘Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts,’ Jack tells us, ‘because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been. It continues to be unbelievable and amazing that I’ve been given this extraordinary chance to bring Harry Potter to the stage. As a fan, who just devoured the books and the films, this couldn’t be more exciting for me.’

The significance of the stage play is not lost on Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany. He feels that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a unique production, and we’re inclined to agree.

‘I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before,’ he says. ‘Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating. It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.’

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries’ Coming to BBC One in Autumn/Winter Season
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The BBC has revealed their lineup for the Autumn/Winter television season and some new information about the series for Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novels was included! The show will be called ‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries’ and will air on BBC one (as we previously reported)

Based on Robert Galbraith’s best-selling novels The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, and the highly anticipated Career Of Evil, due for publication this autumn, this bold series from a master storyteller will bring one of the most memorable detective duos of modern times to BBC One.

Steeped in the atmosphere of contemporary London, Cormoran Strike’s city is far from the bright lights and frenetic bustle, immersed instead in its darker, murkier side. War veteran turned private detective, Strike investigates shocking crimes together with his female assistant Robin, whose forensic mind and fierce determination he cannot ignore. The murders take them from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the literary haunts of Fitzrovia, exposing the seedy reality lurking beneath seemingly innocent societies. With each crime, they discover a little more about each other and both learn that appearances can be deceptive.

The series is made by Brontë Film and Television, the producers of The Casual Vacancy. Sarah Phelps will adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling and Ben Richards The Silkworm. Ruth Kenley-Letts, Neil Blair and JK Rowling are executive producers, and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Dan McCulloch will produce and Julian Farino will direct.

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, TV
New Pottermore Site Launches
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Pottermore has relaunched with their brand new look and content! The Pottermore Correspondent has written a post explaining the new Pottermore website and how it will work. The new site will include “reports straight from the set of Fantastic Beasts, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, sneak-peeks at new writing and news about J.K. Rowling.” Some more information from the post may be read below:

This is where you’ll be able to read brand new writing by J.K. Rowling (yes, it’s canon!), check out magical characters, objects, spells and places, reminisce about the first time you read the books, ruminate on advice from the great Dumbledore, speculate about Newt Scamander, try to guess the identity of the Cursed Child, fall in love with the stories all over again and SO MUCH MORE.


Like any good universe the wizarding world keeps expanding, and Pottermore will expand with it. We’ll bring you new stories, new magical experiences, new interviews, and new sneaky-peeks behind the scenes every day until the end of time and/or the Internet.

The post also revealed that you WILL be able to get sorted again in the future: “We will bring the Sorting Hat back, so you can find out if you’re a Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Soon, you’ll be able to find out the form of your Patronus and ponder on what that means, you’ll be able to get a wand and who knows what other magical things we’ll conjure up.”

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Pottermore
Universal Studios Hollywood Reveals New Art in Anticipation of Spring 2016 Opening
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Universal Studios Hollywood wields a bit of magic with the reveal of newly created signature art for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™,” scheduled to open in Spring 2016. View the poster in high resolution in our gallery, thanks to Universal!

The new image, which depicts a wand-wielding Harry Potter in the foreground with a bustling snowcapped Hogsmeade village and a spectacular view of the iconic Hogwarts castle in the background, captures the spirit of this dynamic new immersive environment as the theme park readies for the West Coast’s debut of the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood.  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.

Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. “Like” Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook, and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Help #UnveilVoldemort with Bloomsbury
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To celebrate the release of the Illustrated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on October 6, 2015, Bloomsbury is giving readers the chance the help reveal the first image of Lord Voldemort, by posting #UnveilVoldemort to social media accounts. Visit unveilvoldemort.com for details!

They will reveal Jim Kay’s stunning image of Voldemort in five stages, and you can take part in each one by using the hashtag #UnveilVoldemort on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr! At the publishing time of this post there are already 8,615 mentions, so let’s keep it going!

Filed Under: Books, Jim Kay

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