Tuesday 17th Nov 2015
You can’t get more Christmassy than Harry Potter. We know, we’ve checked.
Where else in the world can you find Christmas trees, not just topped with stars, but also circled by a miniature witch flying a broomstick? Or see the beautiful model of Hogwarts decorated with twinkling snow?
At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, the sets used in the Harry Potter films – including the iconic Great Hall – are dressed and ready for Christmas.
The Great Hall is decked with wreaths, garlands, and lined with Christmas trees covered with polished gold baubles. The tables are set with roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries, and a scandalous amount of pudding. Prop food sadly, but it certainly looks good enough to eat.
As if that wasn’t cosy enough, the Burrow kitchen and Gryffindor common room have been arrayed with streamers, Christmas crackers and oranges. Fireplaces throughout the tour are lit with special effects fire, and there are even experts on hand to talk you through how these snow and fire effects are made.
The centrepiece of this magical, merry makeover of course is the scale model of Hogwarts castle, hand-sprinkled with snow. Well, not real snow. It’s actually a combination of granulated paper and grains of salt, but it catches the light just the same.
The snow was added to the model by a team of experts led by José Granell – the model effects supervisor who worked on the Harry Potter movies. The model was first built for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by a team of 80 model-makers. It took almost seven months to create – that would’ve taken one person 74 years to finish.
The model of Hogwarts is a beautiful sight any time of year, but there’s just something about Harry Potter and Christmas time that warms the cockles of our hearts.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Hogwarts in the Snow feature runs until 31 January 2016.