Hogwarts In The Snow 2016 At Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Not exactly Cartoon Network related, but Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (owned by Cartoon Network’s sister company Warner Bros.) will be running their annual Hogwarts In The Snow at Christmas event again this year. During the Christmas 2016 period at Warner Bros Studio Tour London, visitors will get the chance to see several scenes and props from the Harry Potter movies, such as the Great Hall decorated in its festive glory and also Harry Potter’s first Christmas present at Hogwarts – his invisibility cloak. Fireplaces throughout the different sets (including the Leaky Cauldron and the Great Hall) will be lit up by the film’s special effects crew. Visitors will also get to see the large model of Hogwarts covered in snow, the castle and grounds model will be encrusted with snow by the same Model Effects team that worked on the Harry Potter movies.
The studio is located in northwest London near Watford by the M1 Motorway, Watford Junction is the nearest main railway station, the station has regular rail services to London Euston and Birmingham New Street, from the railway station there’s also a regular bus service to the studio.
The Hogwarts in the Snow event will run from Saturday 19th November to Sunday 29th January 2017, tickets must be pre-booked and can be ordered from the official Warner Bros. Studio Tour London website:
From The Warner Bros Studio Tour London/Fever PR Press Release
This festive season, Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow.
From 19th November – 29th January, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.
After stepping onto the original stone floor of the iconic Great Hall, visitors will spot wreaths, garlands and trees decked with golden baubles that are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. 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 even flaming Christmas puddings.
The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made 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, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects. Visitors will also see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak and, for the first time, Madame Maxime’s costume from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed for the occasion by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who worked on the Harry Potter film series. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process will be used at the Studio Tour this November. Visitors will even 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.
Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.