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Fifteenth Anniversary FILM Celebrations

Saturday 15th October - Friday 4th November

We are giving you a final opportunity to see the best of the year so far by bringing back the favourite props and costumes as voted for by fans on social media. The favourites will be returned to the Tour as a special feature to celebrate 15 years since the cinematic release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

You voted in your thousands to bring back a favourite from this year’s half-giant Hagrid feature; Hagrid’s deconstructed costume. This specially designed version of Hagrid’s costume even incorporated a cooling system to help body double Martin Bayfield cope with the heat during long days of filming. You will see the tubes which were hand-stitched into the fabric that had cold water running through them to bring down the temperature.

Our interactive special effects ‘UP’ broomstick was also chosen. You will be able to stand next to the broomstick, shout ‘UP’ just like a Hogwarts student, and watch the broomstick fly into your hands.

In addition, the iconic Great Hall set, as seen in all but one of the Harry Potter films, will be dressed for the occasion with a section of its long tables laden with a Hallowe’en feast including red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot the costume of Defence against the Dark Arts Professor Quirrell. Voldemort’s face was digitally added to the back of Quirrell’s head and a model of this can be found in the Creature Effects area.

This will also be the last chance for you to see the original Sorting Hat and stool in the Great Hall and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set of number four, Privet Drive is re-opened especially for the Studio Tour’s 15th anniversary celebrations of Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

Hogwarts in the Snow

From Saturday 19th November - Sunday 29th January

This festive season, you are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as we undergo a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow.

Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.

After stepping onto the original stone floor of the iconic Great Hall, you will spot wreaths, garlands and trees decked with golden baubles that are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even flaming Christmas puddings.

The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made by the cast members during production.

The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed for the occasion by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who worked on theHarry Potter film series. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process will be used at the Studio Tour this November. You will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.