hogwarts in the snow 2017

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.

Photograph by Ashley Paolozzi at Warner Brother Studio Tours London on 23/11/17

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from hogwarts to the overlook hotel: my fictional bucket list

If you could jump inside one of your favourite book worlds, where would you go? Who would you meet? What would you do? I found this fun challenge from Wonderfullybookish‘s guest post on The Little Contemporary Corner who based the challenge on a video by jessethereader. All great book-related blogs/vlogs to check out! If you’re like me then you probably have way more than 10 things to put on this list. But after beating my brain and making some painful cuts, here is what I’ve come up with!

1. Purchase a Firebolt from Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley (Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling)

What part of the Harry Potter universe am I most desperate to experience, you may ask? The answer is fairly straightforward: I want a broomstick. But not any broomstick. I want a Firebolt. My love of competitive sports growing up, especially soccer, made me desperate to go to Hogwarts so that I could play Quidditch, ideally as a Chaser. And while it was lovely for Harry to receive his Firebolt as a gift from Sirius, I wouldn’t have been able to contain myself from buying it while walking past Quality Quidditch Supplies in Diagon Alley (or from going on an irresponsible and irrational shopping spree in any of the shops). This bucket list item would require me to be rich in the Harry Potter universe, so I think I’d have to get a really really good job in order to afford it. Is Hogwarts looking for a librarian?

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