Spellbinding! Inside the Christmas Warner Bros Studio Tour Harry Potter film set

Diagon Alley film set now at Warner Bros Studio Tour London
  • The annual Hogwarts in the Snow feature has opened to the public at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London 
  • The Hogwarts castle model, a popular fan favourite, has also been transformed with a dusting of snow 
  • The dining tables in the Great Hall are dressed as they were for the festive feast in the Philosopher’s Stone 

Doesn’t it look wand-erful?

New pictures reveal the Christmas version of the Warner Bros Studio Tour London Harry Potter film set – which features a spellbinding snow-covered Diagon Alley for the first time.

The cobbled stones and shop fronts of the magical shopping street have been draped in layers of filmmaking snow as part of the annual Hogwarts in the Snow transformation, which opened to visitors today.

During the filming of the Harry Potter movies, Warner Bros Studio Tour London says that many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ‘ability to crunch underfoot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt’.

The same techniques have been used by filmmakers to give Diagon Alley its festive makeover. 

The studio adds that although the shopping street was not seen in the snow in the movies, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during wintry scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join a school trip without permission.

In addition to Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts castle model, a fan favourite, has also been transformed with a dusting of snow again this year. 

Warner Bros Studio Tour London explains that during filming a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and ‘sprinkled a mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake’.

It says that the same process takes place at the Studio Tour every festive season.

Meanwhile, when visitors step onto the original stone floor of the Great Hall set, they are ‘welcomed with wreaths, garlands and trees topped with witches on miniature broomsticks’.

The long dining tables are dressed as they were for the seasonal feast in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, ‘complete with special-effects flaming Christmas puddings and prop versions of mouth-watering roast turkeys and hams studded with cherries’. 

The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory are decorated with 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, are also ‘lit’ with special-effects fire, created by John Richardson and the special effects team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run until Sunday, January 17, 2021.  Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

News Source: Daily Mail

Written by Nicky Wicky

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