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Warner Bros. London: Filmmakers’ Secrets Revealed at Hogwarts in the Snow


Harry Potter fans can discover the secrets of special effects this Christmas as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveils its ‘most magical makeover yet’.

Hogwarts in the Snow opens on Friday 13th November, revealing the iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series transformed for the festive season.

The Great Hall will be adorned with eight dressed trees and tables groaning with festive fayre including artificial hams and turkeys, and flaming Christmas puddings. The Gryffindor common room and Weasley kitchen will be decorated for the season with streamers and oranges, and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be carefully applied to the Hogwarts castle model.

The scale model of the castle, which took 80 model-makers seven months to build, is being given the festive treatment by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who worked on the Harry Potter film series. The snow, made from a mix of granulated paper and salt grains, will be hand-sprinkled onto the replica castle which first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Visitors will get the chance to handle the different kinds of fake snow used during production.

Warner Bros. London: Filmmakers’ Secrets Revealed at Hogwarts in the Snow

Another highlight for fans will be the Goblet of Fire emerging from its original jewelled casket, rigged by special effects experts, and ‘alight’ with flames that change from blue to red.

To further enhance the festive atmosphere, fireplaces will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire throughout the attraction.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Friday 13th November – Sunday 31st January 2016. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

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