The Making of Harry Potter #sweetsandtreats21:52:00
Last week we were invited to the Warner Bros Studio Tour : The Making of Harry Potter to preview their upcoming event Sweets and Treats, where you will see the actual prop makers from the Harry Potter series of films creating both real sweet treats and replicas. From Monday 20th July to Sunday 6th September visitors will discover how the prop department moulded jelly snakes, decorated sugar skulls and piped ice cream sundaes during production.
As you can see from the photographs above. It is so hard to figure out which are real and which are simply props. In fact I can't remember which are which! Except I am sure the picture with the lady piping icing was a real cake. On the table was also an identical cake which was a replica rather than a real cake and to be honest you would never tell the difference. It is amazing and really makes you realise just how much work goes into film production behind the scenes. The actors are the faces of a movie but so many people contribute to the little bits that make the movie what it is. Food was a big part of the Harry Potter movies, from the sweet carts to the huge feasts in the Great Hall at Hogwarts. Each and every movie contained food of some sort yet you probably don't give it a second thought.
As well as this we got to taste some Butterbeer ice cream which was so delicious that I didn't even think about taking a photo before eating it all! It looked and tasted amazing and will be available to buy at the backlot cafe for the first time this summer (definitely worth trying) along with tankards of Butterbeer itself the frothy non-alcoholic drink (I wasn't a fan of the Butterbeer itself the froth was nice but the drink was quite unusual tasting).
Despite being a huge Harry Potter fan and growing up with the books and movies, I had never been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour. Not out of choice as I have said so many times that I would love to go, but I just hadn't got the chance to get there. I was so so excited to go and we actually completely surprised Gracie, who is also a Harry Potter fan, we told her we were going to the park and she was so shocked when she realised where we were.
Everything is so big and extravagant, it was even better than we had imagined. However, there is so much to see that we ran out of time and had to miss looking in the final building as they were closing. Which I was gutted about as I was so excited to see Diagon Alley and had to speed through it to get out!
The highlights for us were seeing the Great Hall in all it's glory, the photo area where we all got to pretend we were flying on brooms or in the flying car (We bought some great family pictures of these!), The Hogwarts Express and Platform 9 3/4! Iconic parts of the film which were so exciting to see in real life. The Knight Bus outside was quite awesome too, I stepped on the back to have a peek through inside and it looks just like it does in the movie, with the beds still inside. The bridge to Hogwarts was epic too. It amazes me that it is so small and all scenes from the film were filmed on a small bit of bridge and it was thanks to the computer whizzes that made it look so long! I could write a whole post on the parts we saw but would like to make it back some day to see the rest and dedicate a post to the whole experience!
The gift shop made me feel like a kid in a candy store. It is full of amazing items from clothing to replica wands & jewellery. I could have spent so much money but settled on a cute Dobby necklace for Gracie, a fridge magnet for our collection and a Deathly Hollows tee for myself (which I love!)
I would definitely recommend a visit their this summer! Be warned though you MUST pre-book online but all activities are included in the ticket price. Tickets can be booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk