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First Look: Snow on Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

As we shared back in October, Hogwarts in the Snow is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this year! After a brief closure due to COVID-19 it has reopened the doors to the Great Hall, welcoming visitors back with the annual festive feature Hogwarts in the Snow. They are continuing to implement safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Thursday 3rd December – Sunday 17th January 2021. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

See more preview photos in the gallery!

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow. During filming, many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ability to crunch under foot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt. The same techniques will be used by filmmakers to cover the magical shopping street this year. Though Diagon Alley was not seen in the snow, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during the wintery scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join the school trip without permission.

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Hogwarts in the Snow Returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – with MORE Snow!
Posted by Megs

A fan favorite feature is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this year – Hogwarts in the Snow! They’ve even added more snow this year with visitors able to experience Diagon Alley covered in snow. In previous years a small area of Diagon Alley was used to show how they made Harry’s invisibility cloak footprints, but this year the whole set will be decked out in snow from the cobblestones to the store fronts!

Fans of the Harry Potter films are invited to get into the festive spirit as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature returns! For the very first time, from Saturday 14th November – Sunday 17th January 2021, visitors will be able to explore another of their favourite sets in the snow as Diagon Alley undergoes a wintery transformation.

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow. During filming, many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ability to crunch under foot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt. The same techniques will be used by filmmakers to cover the magical shopping street this year. Though Diagon Alley was not seen in the snow, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during the wintery scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join the school trip without permission.

A popular fan favourite, the Hogwarts castle model will also be transformed with a dusting of snow again this year. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the 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 takes place at the Studio Tour every festive season.

As visitors step foot onto the original stone floor of the Great Hall, they will be welcomed with wreaths, garlands and trees topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for the seasonal feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, complete with SFX flaming Christmas puddings and prop versions of the mouth-watering roast turkeys and hams studded with cherries.

In addition, many more 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.

Hogwarts in the Snow runs from 14th November 2020 until 17th January 2021 and tickets are now available to purchase via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

COVID-19 Update: To help keep everyone safe, a number of additional measures and changes have been made to the Studio Tour experience. The updates are designed to prioritise social distancing and enhanced cleaning. Visitors are advised to familiarise themselves with the Studio Tour’s safety measures before visiting: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/updates/safety-measures/

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World’s First Bottled Butterbeer Available at WB Studio Tour London & Platrofm 9¾
Posted by Megs

Butterbeer was originally only available for fans to purchase at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida in 2010. Next, in 2012, it ventured to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and then Universal Hollywood in 2016. Now, there is a new form for fans to enjoy – Bottled Butterbeer!

Bottled Butterbeer Available at Warner Bros Studio Tour London

For the very first time, fans of Butterbeer can experience the Wizarding World drink in a brand-new way – at home! A much-requested fan favourite over the years, it comes in beautifully crafted souvenir glass bottles with each one featuring an exclusive collectable label designed by MinaLima.

The Bottled Butterbeer will be sold at WB Studio Tour London, Platform 9 3/4 shops and their online counterparts. Unfortunately they will only ship to the UK for now. It was also revealed that there will be different labels to collect as time goes on. We have asked if the new mug will also be available for purchase but have not heard back yet.

At 7:30BST tonight (September 10th,) Warwick Davis will be taking over the Studio Tour Instagram to answer questions about the Bottled Butterbeer.

The studio tour started the fun yesterday with a mystery video where some Potter personalities received boxes in the mail.

The video reveal continued today with them opening their boxes to reveal the beautifully designed Butterbeer bottles:

The Studio Tour have sent over a press release with more details on this delicious development:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and Platform 9 ¾ Shop launch the world’s first bottled Butterbeer.

For the very first time, fans of Butterbeer can experience the Wizarding World drink in a brand-new way – at home!

Appearing throughout the stories and loved by Hogwarts students and teachers alike, Butterbeer is a much-requested fan-favourite. Previously available in draught form at select Wizarding World locations, today, the world’s first official bottled Butterbeer launches exclusively at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London –The Making of Harry Potter and the Platform 9 ¾ Shops at London King’s Cross, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Made and brewed in the U.K, bottled Butterbeer has a style which is entirely unique and comes in beautifully crafted souvenir glass bottles, each one featuring an exclusive collectable label designed by MinaLima, the design duo behind the graphic props of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

Following launch, there will be different labels to collect, making a bottle the perfect gift for any fan to first enjoy and then proudly display.

Best served chilled and poured straight from the bottle, the delicious soft drink features a new take on the butterscotch flavour fans know and love. The unique blend of top-secret ingredients make bottled Butterbeer a must try for any aspiring witch or wizard!

Bringing the magical taste to everyone, bottled Butterbeer can also be purchased online at shop.wbstudiotour.co.uk or harrypotterplatform934.com and fans are invited to join us at @wbtourlondon and share their #ButterbeerCheers.

They also answered some questions you may have about the product:

What does bottled Butterbeer taste like? Butterbeer is a butterscotch flavoured sparkling soft drink. 

What does bottle Butterbeer cost?  Butterbeer is available at £5.95 for an individual 275ml bottle or £12.95 for 4 X 200ml pack.

Is Butterbeer dairy/free/vegan/vegetarian? Our bottled Butterbeer is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.

How is Bottled Butterbeer made?  Along with the recipe, the brewing process is top secret.

Will Bottled Butterbeer be available to buy online? Yes, bottled Butterbeer is available to purchase from both Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Platform 9 ¾’s website. Butterbeer is currently only available for delivery within the UK.  

How many collectible labels are there? There is currently one label available, hand designed by MinaLima, the Graphic Design duo on all Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. Keep an eye out for more collectible labels in the future.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Reopening 20th August
Posted by Megs

After being closed for several months, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be reopening on August 20th! Additional health and safety measures are being put in place to ensure all customers have a safe and magical time. Some include a reduced capacity, social distancing and enhanced cleaning.

Starting tomorrow, August 6, at 1pm, fans will be able to book tickets online for visits up to 31st June 2021. Those with tickets prior to August 20th will receive refunds on their tickets automatically.

The Celebration of Slytherin special feature, originally set for April 6 – September 6th will run through November 12th.

A full press release may be read below:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is delighted to reopen to visitors from Thursday 20th August, allowing fans to step back into the Wizarding World and discover the behind-the-scenes magic. From tomorrow at 1pm, fans will be able to book tickets online for visits up to 31st June 2021.  

To help keep everyone safe, a number of additional measures and changes have been made to the Studio Tour experience. The updates are designed to prioritise social distancing and enhanced cleaning.   

Geoff Spooner, SVP & General Manager, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London says:  “We’re thrilled to be able to open the doors to the Hogwarts Great Hall to visitors once again. While the Studio Tour experience may differ from previous visits as we introduce additional safety measures , we’re looking forward to welcoming fans back into the world of Harry Potter for a truly magical day out.”

Upon reopening, visitors will experience the Studio Tour’s special feature, A Celebration of Slytherin. For the first time ever, visitors will be able to walk through the Great Hall decorated in Slytherin colours before being the first to see the Slytherin Common Room up close. A 25-ft section of the set complete with authentic props and imposing stone walls will be on display for fans. A Celebration of Slytherin has been extended until 12th November and more details can be found here

Safety Measures  

• Visitors aged 11 and up will be required to wear a face mask or covering for the duration of their visit. 

• The Studio Tour will open with a reduced capacity to help encourage social distancing. Additional signage and floor markings will be in place to promote social distancing and allow visitors to navigate the Studio Tour safely.  

• Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day and hand sanitiser stations will be positioned throughout the Studio Tour. 

• Some areas of the Studio Tour may be unavailable to limit contact and maintain social distancing.

• To further limit contact, the Studio Tour’s shops and cafés will only accept cashless or contactless payment options such as credit and debit cards or mobile payments.

• For more information on the Studio Tour’s safety measure, visit the website

 

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Christmas Party Celebrates Launch of Wizarding World Gold
Posted by Megs

On Tuesday, December 3rd, a special Christmas party was held at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to celebrate the launch of Wizarding World Gold.

Fans enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience with dinner in the authentic Great Hall set and Wizarding games on Platform 9 ¾ with surprise guest host, Warwick Davis. The Wizarding World Gold Christmas Party is the first in a series of exclusive events for Gold Subscribers, with more to be announced in 2020. 

Gold subscribers who snapped up the tickets earlier this month through the new Wizarding World app were welcomed with a drinks reception that took place next to an enchanting installation of the re-imagined Sorting hat which floated in front of them, in situ for one night only.

The atmosphere peaked when host for the evening, actor Warwick Davis, who portrayed Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films, turned up to surprise the guests at the start of the evening, leading fans through to the truly magical Great Hall set, decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Guests enjoyed a two-course Christmas feast – which at one point was interrupted by Death Eaters who skulked through the room.

Guests also watched as an artist brought their visions of ‘Christmas in the Wizarding World’ to life on a mural next to the original Hogwarts Express locomotive and played games such as ‘Wizarding Mr & Mrs’ hosted by Warwick Davis himself. 

Fans went on to explore the Studio Tour after hours, discovering the filmmaking secrets behind Christmas in the Wizarding World with a tankard of Butterbeer, before dancing the night away on a starlit dancefloor under the gaze of a giant model of a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon suspended above.

Wizarding World Gold is the spellbinding annual subscription that offers fans the opportunity to enhance their free Official Harry Potter Fan Club experience, offering a host of exciting benefits such as: personalized welcome gifts, exclusive content, access to all 7 Harry Potter eBooks, collectible pin badges, exclusive discounts, early access, priority booking and the chance to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as the Wizarding World Gold Christmas party.


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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces 2020 Features
Posted by Megs

We’re almost at the end of the year and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced their features for 2020! Some fan favorites like Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow will return and new features, like A Celebration of Slytherin will be introduced!

Introducing the Art Department (14th February-24th February)

Original filmmakers demonstrate how they brought the wizarding world to life and visitors will have the opportunity to take a closer look at original props from the film series such as wands, copies of The Daily Prophet and Hogwarts acceptance letters.

A Celebration of Slytherin (3rd April – 6th September) 

Dark and sinister forces take centre stage for a brand new feature this year, shining a spotlight on the most cunning and ambitious of all Hogwarts’ houses – Slytherin. All Harry Potter fans are invited to discover the secrets behind iconic Slytherin costumes and props used in the films throughout the tour and for the first time, the Great Hall will be dressed to celebrate a Slytherin victory of the House cup. A grand feast and original hanging banners are just some of the features visitors can expect to see…

Dark Arts (25th September – 8th November) 

To mark the return of Halloween, Dark Arts will return to Studio Tour where visitors can feast their eyes on a 100 floating pumpkins and a seasonally-themed feast in the Great Hall. Other additions include live duels to demonstrate how battle scenes were directed, a spookier version of Diagon Alley and mysterious followers of ‘He who must not be named’ roaming around.

Hogwarts in the Snow (14th November – 17th January 2021) 

The magical Hogwarts in the Snow returns next year, when fans will be see iconic sets from the film series transformed for the festive season. The Great Hall will receive a sparkling Yule Ball makeover, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed with presents and decorations as well as the Hogwarts castle model covered in a sheet of filmmaking snow.

Tickets for the Studio Tour must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the attraction’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900. All extra activities are included in the ticket price.


Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
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