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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Adds Holiday Decorations

Posted by: Mel
December 03, 2012, 08:43 PM

Just as with during the Halloween season, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour will be adding a bit of holiday flare to the immersive sets and props they showcase from the Harry Potter films:

For the first time, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will undergo a seasonal makeover using the actual decorations and food props seen in the most successful film series of all time. Visitors will see firsthand how the vast Christmas feasts were created and how sets were transformed for festive scenes.

Eight Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, adorned with authentic decorations as they first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™. In the film, these decorations are levitated onto the trees by Professor Flitwick, played by Warwick Davis. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for the seasonal feasts with turkey, hams, fruit, vegetables, plum puddings and snow cakes. The food featured in the feasts throughout the early films was real; however, the Set Decoration Department later used artificial food created from powder and resin.

The Gryffindor common room, boys’ dormitory and Weasley kitchen will also undergo a seasonal transformation and visitors will see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone™. Other costumes on display include Harry’s first Christmas present at Hogwarts – his Invisibility Cloak – and the dress Luna Lovegood wore to the Slug Club Christmas party in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince™. It took over two months to make the four versions of the dress needed for filming which were adorned with 50 metres of real tinsel and 1000 individual crystals. Evanna Lynch, who played Luna, created the jewellery she wore with the costume and many of the other accessories she wore while filming.

Visitors will also discover secrets behind the footprints in the snow, which were filmed for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ and appear when Harry sneaks into Hogsmeade under his Invisibility Cloak.

The Studio Tour will showcase its Christmas additions over the festive period, beginning Saturday 1st December and ending Sunday 6th January.

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80450 Points

How very lovely…

Posted by Won_Two on December 03, 2012, 09:05 PM report to moderator
925 Points

The news item should read holiday FLAIR, otherwise they would be setting everything on fire which would not be a very good idea.

Posted by Graymayne on December 05, 2012, 04:02 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

I’m looking forward to it, I’m going next Wednesday and V-J will be coming along too which means we’ll be meeting up for the first time which is the thing I’m looking forward to most of all.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on December 07, 2012, 01:59 AM report to moderator
11771 Points

I’m so looking forward to it.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on December 07, 2012, 12:15 PM report to moderator

Oooh, now I really wish I could go again. (I was there last April.) I hope there’ll be some photos posted in the TLC galleries (or somewhere else where I get to see them).

Posted by Tarana on December 09, 2012, 08:12 AM report to moderator
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I read this two days before a family visit to the Studio Tour on Friday. The Great Hall and other sets were truly magical, the butterbeer was delicious (although the temperature on the backlot demanded something warming!). The final section through Diagon alley, with the footprints in the snow outside Gringotts at the entrance to Knockturn alley, and the Hogwarts models was just fantastic!!

Posted by WulfricBrian on December 11, 2012, 05:33 AM report to moderator
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