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Christmas at Hogwarts

On Sunday I visited Warner Bros’ Studio Tour for the third time. The first two times I visited the Harry Potter studios it was summer, so this time was a totally different experience.

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Dumbledore’s Office
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A very Christmassy Great Hall
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Harry and Ron on the Hogwarts Express
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The Leaky Couldron

As a huge HP fan, each time I have visited I have been blown away. The second time I visited they had added the Hogwarts express, and since my last visit they have also added the forbidden forest to the tour.

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Some of the characters’ costumes
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The Weasley’s House
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Dolores Umbridge’s Office

Every time I visit the studio tour I seem to notice things I hadn’t noticed before, and every time I leave I always think I have walked round too fast and not studied everything properly, so this time I really took my time and made sure to not miss anything.

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The Hogwarts Express
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Platform 9 3/4
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Diagon Alley

As part of their Hogwarts in the Snow, the Warner Bros’ Studio Tour was decorated in true festive style, with the Great Hall decorated as it was for the Iconic Yule Ball for the first time ever.

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The Yule Ball

Visitors could discover how the film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts. The Great Hall was lined with Christmas trees, and the tables were laid out with seasonal feasts including roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.

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The Great Hall’s Festive Feast

The Gryffindor common room and Boys’ Dormitory had also received festive make-overs, decorated with tinsel, Christmas trees, presents and Christmas cards.

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Gryffindor Common Room
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Boys’ Dormitory

I of course had to get a Butterbeer. I have tried it each time I have visited the studio tour, but I have to admit I’m not a big fan. Each time I have revisited I think “I’ll try it again, maybe I’ll like it this time” but unfortunately I don’t. To me it sort of tastes like fizzy toffee juice, like if Coca Cola brought out a caramel flavour… it’s just a bit too sickly sweet, even for me who has a massive sweet tooth. It’s all a fun part of the experience anyway!

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Butterbeer outside Privet Drive
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Dress: Joanie Clothing / Boots: Hotter / Tights: M&S / Bag: Fjallraven Kanken

The Forbidden Forest was an exciting addition to the studio tour. It was dark and smokey and super atmospheric! We bowed to Buckbeak and bumped into Aragog and her babies. The special effects made Aragog appear from the darkness with her babies dropping down from the trees. There is an Aragog-free way around the Forbidden Forest for arachnophobics!

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Buckbeak

One of my favourite aspects of the tour is seeing all of the graphic design that went into the newspapers, magazines, packaging, books, maps, letters, tickets and more. The amount of detail that goes into every single piece is fascinating. If you are also interested in this I would highly recommend visiting the House of MinaLima in Soho, London – a free exhibition shop displaying all of the graphic art from the Harry Potter films and more.

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At the end of the tour we got to see the wonderful and mesmerising sculpture of Hogwarts with a new snowy finish for the festive season! Hogwarts in the Snow is running from Saturday 18th November 2017 until Sunday 28th January 2018.

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Hogwarts in the Snow
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The Knight Bus & Privet Drive
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Selection of props from the films

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Which house are you in?

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