Potions Classroom

The first time I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

The Potions Classroom, though a magnificent piece of film set design and full of amazing props, didn’t have a festive theme….

Top Gun: Maverick

Okay, okay I know I shouldn’t like this as much as I think I will….

However it is taking me back to when I was 17 when the first one came out…

Which I think I might need to watch again, haven’t seen it for years.

Filming in Bristol today

They were filming on Corn Street in Bristol today. No idea what they were filming. Update: They are filming a new HBO series called Industry, which is a new American drama series which follows the lives of young bankers and traders trying to make their way in the world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse.

There were some powerful lights shining into The Jetty.

filming on Corn Street in Bristol

filming on Corn Street in Bristol

filming on Corn Street in Bristol

Gringotts Bank

The first time we went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

There were two new parts to the tour, which we hadn’t seen, the first was the Forbidden Forest, which to be honest I wasn’t too impressed with, then again I wasn’t that impressed with the way the forest looked in the film. The second part we hadn’t seen, which opened this year was the Gringotts Bank set. Well that set was amazing. The level of detail and attention was incredible. I also liked the “destroyed” version as well.

The Yule Ball

The first time I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

I had seen the Yule Ball set before, but that time it was in the main part of the tour, this time it was placed at the end of the Great Hall.

Hogwarts Great Hall

Hogwarts Great Hall

The first time I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

“It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting. These tables were laid with glittering golden plates and goblets. At the top of the hall was another long table where the teachers were sitting… The hundreds of faces staring at them looked like pale lanterns in the flickering candlelight… Harry looked upward and saw a velvety black ceiling dotted with stars… It was hard to believe there was a ceiling there at all, and that the Great Hall didn’t simply open on to the heaven.”

At the Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour during late November and in December they dress the Great Hall for Christmas. There are Christmas trees, decorations and a Christmas feast on the tables.

Hogwarts Great Hall

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Though as you might expect the Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour is in the main about the eight Harry Potter films, there was in the foyer some costumes and props from the more recent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films.

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I am expecting that in the future the tour will expand to have these films in the tour as well.

Dragon in the Foyer

The first time I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

The last time we were in the foyer waiting to go in, suspended from the ceiling was the magical flying Ford Anglia. This time there was a dragon!

Dragon in the Foyer

Dragon in the Foyer

This of course is a model of the dragon that was chained in the vaults in Gringotts.

Hogwarts in the Snow

The first time I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour was in 2015, just after they had added the Hogwarts Express and Kings Cross set to the tour. At the end of November 2019 we made a return visit, mainly to see how different it was dressed for Christmas and with snow.

Last time I was really impressed with the Hogwarts model, incredible detail and modelling, and how realistic it looks (for a fantasy school) both in miniature form and on on screen.

The snow just adds to the model and it looks great.

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