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Sweets and Treats

Monday 20th July - Sunday 6th September

Did you know?

To make the scene where Ron throws up slugs more palatable for actor Rupert Grint, filmmakers created the slimy creatures out of orange-flavoured jelly!

This summer we’re hosting our first ever Sweets and Treats feature, which will focus on how film food – both real and replica – was made for the Harry Potter film series.

From Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September, you’ll be able to watch delectable demonstrations on how jelly snakes were moulded, sugar skulls were decorated and ice-cream sundaes were piped during production.

Expert prop makers will be based in the Ministry Munchies kiosk from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will challenge you to spot the difference between real bakes and prop fakes as you see edible delights being created and get up close to original artefacts.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn how props such as the floating pudding from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that Dobby drops on the Dursleys' guests) were made
  • See the Gryffindor common room set decorated as it was for the Quidditch victory scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, complete with decorations, sweet wrappers and a barrel of Butterbeer
  • Discover how towering ‘frozen’ desserts were assembled outside Florean Fortescue’s ice-cream parlour on the Diagon Alley set
  • Take a look at some of the graphic designers’ original sketches and designs in our Art Department (they were tasked with creating dozens of unique sweet boxes and wrappers from Honeydukes and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – in the end they created more than 120 different items for the Weasley twins’ shop alone!)

Butterbeer ice-cream will also be available to purchase in our backlot café this summer as well as frothy tankards of the drink which is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch.

Book your tickets now and see if you can tell the difference between a real bake and a prop fake!

Back to School

Thursday 10th - Sunday 20th September

Did you know?

At the Studio Tour, you can stand on Platform 9 ¾ and see the original Hogwarts Express; the school train which took students to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film series.

Go back to school this September by taking part in set design and storyboarding workshops at the Studio Tour, where you'll also be able to see authentic sets, props and costumes from Harry Potter film series.

Back by popular demand, this special feature offers you the opportunity to make a simple card model, like those used in the early stage of the design process, and create a storyboard for your own original story idea.

As the nation’s children put on their school uniforms, some of our staff members will put on authentic Hogwarts robes, giving you the opportunity to examine the costumes of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff students up close – you’ll even get to try on replica robes as you ‘fly’ a broomstick like a member of the cast!

Harry Potter September Screenings

Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th September

Watch your favourite Harry Potter film at the series’ production home this autumn with our Harry Potter September Screenings.

You’ll begin your visit by exploring the Studio Tour (which includes the chance to taste Butterbeer and enjoy a hot snack in our backlot café), before grabbing a bag of popcorn and a drink and settling down in our cinema to watch your chosen film.

Tickets must be pre-booked and are priced at £49 per adult and £41.50 per child. This includes entry to the Studio Tour, a foamy cup of Butterbeer, a film ticket, a hot snack, popcorn or sweets and a soft drink.

Your itinerary

4.00pm Begin your visit by exploring the Studio Tour (enjoying your hot snack and a cup of Butterbeer in our backlot café)

7.00pm Return to the lobby to collect a soft drink and either a bag of popcorn or sweets to take into our cinema

7.30pm Sit back and relax as the screening of your chosen Harry Potter film begins

10.00pm Depart

Dark Arts

Friday 16th October - Sunday 1st November

Did you know?

A meticulously-detailed model of Nagini was specially created for the Malfoy Manor set at the Studio Tour. The 20-foot snake was cast from a mould and each scale was individually hand-painted by one of the prop makers who worked on the Harry Potter film series.

This October half-term, delve into the Dark Arts as we reveal filmmaking secrets behind some of the darker aspects of the Harry Potter film series.

A section of the Great Hall will be dressed for the Hallowe’en feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with pumpkins, red apples and cauldrons of lollipops adorning one of the hall’s long tables.

You’ll be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters.

Something wicked this way comes.

Hogwarts in the Snow

Saturday 14th November - Sunday 31st January 2016

Did you know?

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.

This winter, fires will be ‘lit’, baubles will be hung and snow will fall as our Hogwarts in the Snow feature returns by popular demand.

Iconic sets will be decorated as they were for festive scenes; the Great Hall will be lined with eight Christmas trees, the Gryffindor common room will be dotted with sweet wrappers, crackers and oranges and, of course, the Hogwarts castle model will be covered in a blanket of filmmaking snow.

You’ll discover how artificial flakes and special effects fire are created and – in the case of the Great Hall’s plum puddings – how real flames are controlled on set!