Its goes without saying that we are rather huge Harry Potter fans in this house, we've even converted our toddler to the wonders of Hogwarts, and our girls both enjoy the films and the books.
We were lucky enough last May to visit the Harry Potter studio tour, it was a big treat, a joint birthday present for myself (although my birthday's near Christmas) and my daughter. I cannot explain how much we all enjoyed it.
Well - for the first time ever an exclusive evening event will be held this Christmas - a festive feast. Available on Thursday, December 3 and open to over 18s only Harry Potter fans will find something extra special behind the Great Hall doors - squeeeee!!
Did I mention my birthday is in December *ahem*!
Here are the details:
Guests attending ‘Dinner in the Great Hall’ will be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés. They’ll then take their seats on the actual set that was used during filming – finding wands waiting for them at their tables – before enjoying the first two courses of a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (vegetarian option also available).
During production, the impressive set was decorated for festive scenes and, this Christmas, the Great Hall will be redressed with the authentic props used in the first Harry Potter film as part of the attraction’s Hogwarts in the Snow feature, running from Friday, November 13 – Sunday January 31, 2016.
Trees adorned with golden baubles shaped like moons and partridges will line the set, while a replica feast will sit atop the long tables (including flaming Christmas puddings and hams studded with cherries).
After dinner, guests will be able to explore the Studio Tour, admiring sets such as the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley’s kitchen from The Burrow, which will also be dressed as they were for winter scenes.
On the attraction’s newly-opened Platform 9 ¾ – which features the original Hogwarts Express locomotive – a selection of three festive dessert bowls will be served. Butterbeer will also be provided in the backlot café and guests will then have the opportunity to walk up the wizarding shopping street, Diagon Alley, before taking in the breathtaking Hogwarts castle model (covered in a layer of filmmaking snow especially for the festive season).
The snow is hand-sprinkled onto the majestic model and is made from a combination of paper and salt – chosen because it clumps like real snowflakes and catches the light like ice.
The evening will conclude with music and dancing, with a bar provided. The dinner will take place from 6pm until midnight and is open to over 18s only.
Guests will be seated at tables of 10 and tickets are priced at £230pp (available to purchase at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner or by calling the attraction’s Visitor Services Team on 0845 084 0900).
Tickets include welcome drinks and canapés on arrival, a two-course dinner in the iconic Great Hall set (with drinks, a Christmas cracker and a wand as well as the option of a vegetarian alternative), a trio of different festive dessert bowls on Platform 9 ¾, a cup of Butterbeer in the backlot café, the chance to explore the Studio Tour, as well as music and dancing to conclude the evening.
A free cloakroom is available and this will be open for guests on the night, with a shuttle bus running to the event at 5.40pm from Watford Junction and return services leaving the Studio Tour throughout the evening (£2pp return).
The studio are also holding a Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow feature - oh my - both sound amazing. Well if that hasn't wet your whistle I don't know what will? Expensive? Yes - but I'd say, just for the experience alone, if you can afford to then go!
Here are a few pictures from our visit last May - it was bloody brilliant!
Mischief managed ;-)