Hogwarts in the Snow

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The decorations that were originally used on set are brought out again for Christmas

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Resin food from the first film is used for the feasts in the great hall

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Slytherin House Christmas crackers

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© Joseph Conway

Dinner prepares itself at the Weasley’s

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The Gryffindor common room has a festive makeover

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Dumbledore’s office

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Photographer Joe gets his Movember messy

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Writer Katy enjoys a butterbeer in the Backlot

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Number four Privet Drive is recreated (Rupert Grint kept part of the original set as a souvenir)

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A mini snow drift in the corner of Diagon Alley

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Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

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A miniature Hogsmeade model

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The Hogwarts scale model covered in snow

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The centrepieces from the Yule Ball, based on the Brighton Pavilion

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The miniature Hogwarts Bridge

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The final room is lined with wand boxes, one for each of the 4,000 people who worked on the eight films

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The Knight bus is made from three London double deckers

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© Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
© Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
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Harry, Dumbledore and Katy Bell body doubles

The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover once more this Winter, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley. The beautiful scale model of Hogwarts that was used for sweeping shots over the school will also be looking wintry, with snow and ice effects carefully applied by hand.

There'll be a focus on special effects for this year's displays, revealing how the experts make snow that never melts and flames without fire. The Goblet of Fire will be on display for the first time, 'lit' with flames that change from blue to red. Also looking especially magical will be the replica food in the Great Hall, in particular the flaming Christmas puddings (which burn with real gas flames).

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Tiago Almeida

This was a dream come true and best Christmas present ever!

It was absolutely stunning, overwhelming and amazing to see how the Harry Potter magic was created for the movies.

It's an absolute work of art in every detail, every cm, everything...

It's worth every penny and not only for Harry Potter fans because I believe that the studios enable any film addict to understand and admire the effort that is put in many of our favorite movies.

Dalila R

Amazing experience. It's unbelievable the job and the passion that is behind these movies. The only bad thing was an error that the system on line did booking us at 8am even if we had the entrance at 2pm, when our bus was only at 12 so we had to wait 4hours.

joanne mcneill

Harry potter world is amazing from the moment you arrive. No detail is left unplanned. Can't wait to return xx


I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour twice in the space of two months, once for the non-festive version in early November, and once for the festive version two days ago. It was interesting to compare the two. I admit that I was expecting a little more festive magic out of the Christmas tour with the way it had been hyped up via posters and online, but reading some reviews of the experience, I realise that I missed some of the seasonal additions like Harry's invisibility cloak, which is a great shame. The snow-blanketed Hogwarts model was spectacular, and I enjoyed the snow-covered Diagon Alley as well, although I was disappointed at the removal of my favourite aspect from last time, the Death Eaters who patrolled in front of the shops and would pretend to duel with you if you pointed a wand at them. The problem was that my friend and I could only obtain tickets for a late slot, starting at 6pm, and so we had to make our way through the exhibits quite efficiently to avoid missing the last bus home. If you're thinking about booking tickets for this (if they're not already sold out by now), definitely aim for an earlier slot so that you can explore every aspect to your heart's content. The other dampener on our visit was the fact that it was pouring with rain, so we couldn't really get close to the outdoor exhibits. A few degrees colder and we would have had an utterly magical snowfall to complete the experience - typical England...

lisa swan

I have read all the Harry Potter Books and seen all films several times over I have visited anwick castle and after ready this article would love to visit 5 star rating