Prepare to Be Amazed: Hogwarts in the Snow Is Expanding Its Winter Magic This Year
There’s nothing quite like that feeling you get at the end of the year – the anticipation of the festive season, the sweet nostalgia for a year passed (although it might be slightly less this year), the excitement of seeing friends and family over the holiday season… The best part for Potterheads, however, is probably the anticipation of visiting Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to experience Hogwarts in the Snow, and even though 2020 has been the year of canceled events, Hogwarts in the Snow is not going anywhere. Let’s all have some firewhisky to that.
Miraculously, the dates that were set for Hogwarts in the Snow at the end of last year have stayed exactly the same, so get ready to feel festive and immerse yourself in a magical winter wonderland from November 14 to January 17, 2021. This year features some brand-new additions, and the traditional Yule Ball theme won’t be making a return. So what can you expect?
Prepare to be surprised by an entirely new theme in the Great Hall as well as an additional set dusted in snow. This year, the Great Hall will be decorated to resemble the seasonal feast that took place in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It will be decked in all its Christmas glory: Expect trees topped with witches on miniature broomsticks and wreaths and garlands decorating the space. The four House tables will be filled with prop versions of the delicious hams studded with cherries and roast turkeys seen in the film as well as special effects flaming Christmas puddings. You’re bound to be hungry after looking at all the fake delicious food, so make sure you have enough Galleons to buy a meal after.
The biggest surprise of all is that Diagon Alley will also get a magical winter makeover this year. Guests can expect to see the famous set dressed in several layers of filmmaking snow and shopfronts donning Christmas decorations. This will be an entirely new and unique experience since a winter version of Diagon Alley was never seen in the Harry Potter films.
When you’re done wandering the cobblestone streets of Diagon Alley, you can visit the Gryffindor common room and boys’ dormitory, which will feature original props and handmade Christmas cards some of the cast members made during the films’ production. You should also keep a keen eye on the fireplaces found on the Studio Tour – they will be filled with special effects fire, specially created by John Richardson and the special effects team. These magical fires are made from a combination of lighting effects and water vapor and are sure to add to the magical cozy winter feeling one would associate with the wizarding world. One thing that will stay the same as previous years is the Hogwarts Castle model dusted in snow. Since this seems to be a fan favorite, we’re pretty sure this is one part of the tour that’s not likely to change soon.
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This year’s Hogwarts in the Snow is definitely an event you do not want to miss. So grab your wizarding gear, buy a ticket, and get ready to have a magical time. Tickets have to be prebooked on the Studio Tour’s website, and make sure to check out the safety measures that are in place while preparing for the trip.
Are you excited for Hogwarts in the Snow this year? What do you think about the Diagon Alley addition? Let us know in the comments.