It's the most magical time of year to visit the most magical place in the world — Hogwarts. The great hall is lined with wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees decorated with golden baubles. The long dining tables are dressed for a festive feast, complete with roasted turkeys, cherry-studded hams, and flaming puddings. the Gryffindor Common Room is fully decked out in festive decor, and outside, the castle is blanketed in magical, powdery snow that never melts.
Model Effects Supervisor, José Granell, is the mastermind behind all of this and more. He helped design sets for all eight Harry Potter films, and is back to make your set tour at Warner Bros. Studios as authentic as possible. Christmas tours are on now until January 29, and not only will you get to step inside the actual classrooms that Harry, Ron, and Hermione learned magic in, but you’ll learn all about the special effects used during filming (including the magic behind that snow).
On December 7 and 8, fans can also attend a traditional British feast in the Great Hall designed to reflect the one Harry experienced in the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, followed by dessert on the Hogwarts Express. Open to guests over 18 for £240 per person ($305 USD), the feast will include all the trimmings, along with both butterbeer and a full bar. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, December 6, and you can grab a shuttle bus from Watford Junction station to Hogwarts for easy access to the studios. See you on Platform 9 ¾.
Feeling festive? Check out London's seriously cool Christmas pop-ups.