I love Harry Potter. Maybe a little too much. So living about twenty minutes from London’s Warner Bros Studio Tour is a tad dangerous. Before my most recent visit, I had been two previous times with friends and my sister when she came to visit from Canada. I will take any excuse in the world to go back again and again. I just can’t stay away!
My most recent visit coincided with the beginning of Hogwarts in the Snow, a special holiday event that features a snow-covered model of the famous wizarding school and Christmas decorations adorning the Great Hall and other sets. Visiting the studio during this event had been a major bucket list of mine so I was super thrilled to go with my boyfriend on the 23rd of November at the end of last year. And as an extra special treat, the Great Hall boasted a stunning array of decorations from the Goblet of Fire‘s Yule Ball. It was absolutely stunning and the photographs I’ve posted below do not do this event any justice. As soon as the doors opened and revealed the props and decorations from the infamous Triwizard Tournament ball I had to do everything in my power to keep my eyes dry.
And that’s how I seem to spend most of my time here. Holding back tears while walking among other people attempting to do the same. There’s something unbelievably magical about visiting the actual sets of fictional places you spend most of your life dreaming about. And it’s an extra special opportunity to see it dressed up for Christmas.
From beautiful wreaths and ornately decorated trees to Christmas crackers on the tables surrounded by a holiday feast, it’s an overwhelming sight that is enough to leave visitors in a stunned silence.
After leaving the Great Hall (unwillingly, of course) there were other Christmas surprises to be found on the self-guided tour. Specifically the holiday decorations on the sets for the Gryffindor dormitory and common room.
The decorations on these two sets were extra charming as they appeared to be put up by the fictional students staying at Hogwarts for the holidays with bed posts covered in coloured tinsel and paper streamers draped above the common room couches. I loved the numerous small details including a Christmas card for Neville and discarded wrapping paper on the dormitory floor.
But it’s the main event that truly steals the show. Following a magnificent display featuring the concept artists that brought that Harry Potter universe to life, Hogwarts awaits as the tour’s grand finale.
The first time I saw the large-scale model of Hogwarts it felt like walking into a dream. The model is so detailed that I could almost see my favourite characters going about their day within the castle and the surrounding grounds. Despite having seen the model on two previous occasions nothing could prepare me for seeing it completely covered with a delicate dusting of snow.
The Hogwarts in the Snow event was absolutely everything I dreamed of and if you are in the London area before 28 January 2018 then I must urge that you go and see it for yourself! Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance as the attraction is popular all year round and it’s tricky to get an ideal timeslot if do not book waaaay ahead of time. And be prepared, the tour ends in an enormous gift shop that will almost certainly leave you completely broke!
Have you had a chance to visit the studios during the Hogwarts in the Snow event? What was your favourite part?