Where is one of the most magical places in England? I have to say that ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ at Warner Bros Studios is right up there on my list. I have been around Christmas time for the past three years, I think it has now become a tradition with my boyfriend which I am absolutely fine with.
You arrive and are escorted into a room surrounded by videos with an introduction to all things Potter and how the story started. Next you are lead into a cinema as Dan, Emma and Rupert talk about what when on behind the scenes of the films. The most magical part is when the cinema screens pull apart to reveal the doors to the Great Hall. I think even the most cynical person would find it hard not to suppress that bubble of excitement inside, as you see your childhood right there before your eyes. The doors are pulled open and you are transported right into the world of Potter.
As you can see the Great Hall is all decked out for Christmas. Flaming puddings, christmas trees, christmas wreaths, crackers and an epic christmas feast. Dumbledore went all out!
You are then left to your own accord to discover the rest of the tour. The detail that went into every set, character, costume and prop is utterly incredible.
Now is the chance for you to actually become a part of it all with the magic of green screen! You can fly on a broomstick, get your photo taken for a ‘Undesirable No 1’ wanted poster and learn some duelling wand moves.
One of the newer elements to the tour is the Hogwarts Express. I always let out a little squeal of excitement each time I see it and of course must get the standard ‘running through the platform wall’ snap.
See you later muggles! I’m off to Hogwarts!
When I visited two years ago they had fake snow falling over the outside part of the tour but this year they didn’t. I’m not sure whether this was just due to weather conditions or if they have got rid of it. Even so, wrapping up warm and enjoying a butter beer in Privet Drive is pretty magical.
One of my favourite parts of the tour has to be Diagon Alley. Each shop window is originally handcrafted from the sweet packages in ‘Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes’ to the wand boxes in ‘Ollivanders’.
Just when you think it can’t get any more magical, the last part of the tour is the breath taking Hogwarts model. It looks even more stunning sprinkled in snow.
I had such a wonderful visit this year and I am already planning a fourth trip. I definitely recommend a visit! You still have time to catch ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ as it doesn’t end till the 29th January.
‘Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home’.
Comment below if you have been or are planing a trip and which house you are! Any fellow Hufflepuffs?