The Great Hall

The 2017 Christmas season will see Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter introduce a glimpse of the Yule Ball to its extensive collection of Harry Potter sets and scenes.

The annual winter season, called Hogwarts in the Snow, will run from 18th November until 28th January 2018. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for Christmas, and for the first time ever, the Great Hall stage will be decorated as it was for the Yule Ball.

As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in silver, icicles and snow. Visitors to the Studio Tour will get a taster of this set as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments.

On display in the centre of the Great Hall will sit one of the beautiful Yule Ball sculptures. Inspired by the Brighton Pavilion, the sculptures were cast from resin and surrounded by mounds of imitation ice on which sat an array of refreshments for guests.

In addition to the Yule Ball decoration, the Great Hall will be lined with Christmas trees and the long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and Christmas puddings surrounded by real flames.

More over the winter period

As part of the Hogwarts in the Snow feature, many of the iconic sets housed at the Studio Tour will receive a festive makeover. The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the 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) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, and the Hogwarts castle model will be transformed with a layer of filmmaking snow.

Visitors will also be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.

Tickets for Hogwarts in the Snow must be pre-booked. All extra features are included in the ticket price. Group rates are available for parties of ten or more visitors.

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