If you asked if we were Harry Potter fans, the answer would be a very loud yes.For the past 12 and 1/2 years I’ve watched every Harry Potter film, many, many, many times.After visiting The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour back in the Summer of 2013 for Summer Spells and just me for the evening preview of Hogwart’s In Snow, we were delighted to asked back again for a special family blogger evening The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour- Sweets And Treats.
This Summer The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour are putting on a special seven-week feature dedicated to film food.Film fans are invited to get a taste for how magical meals and confectionery (both real and replica) were created for the Harry Potter film series as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts its first ever Sweets and Treats feature. From Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September, visitors will discover how the Prop Department moulded jelly snakes, decorated sugar skulls and piped ice-cream sundaes during production.
Based in the Ministry Munchies kiosk from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, expert prop and cake makers will demonstrate the techniques used to construct the floating pudding from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that Dobby drops on the Dursleys’ guests) and edible Gillyweed, as used in the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Visitors will get to spot the difference between real bakes and prop fakes as they get up close to original artefacts and see edible delights being created.
Butterbeer ice-cream will be available to purchase in the Studio Tour’s new backlot café for the first time this summer as well as frothy tankards of the drink which is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch. On the Diagon Alley set, visitors will be able to learn how towering ‘frozen’ desserts were assembled outside Florean Fortescue’s ice-cream parlour.
During production, graphic designers were tasked with creating dozens of unique sweet boxes and wrappers for treats from Honeydukes and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. In the end they created more than 120 different items for the Weasley twins’ shop and some of their original sketches and designs will be shown in the attraction’s Art Department especially for Sweets and Treats.
Some iconic sets will also be given a makeover as the Great Hall’s long tables are lined with props from Hogwarts feasts and the Gryffindor common room is dressed as it was for Quidditch victory scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Chocolate desserts of all kinds covered the Great Hall tables in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and nearly all of it was actually made out of intricately painted resin. However, some edible pieces were baked such as the chocolate phoenix cake which is displayed at the Studio Tour (having survived more than seven years in storage).
- To make the scene where Ron throws up slugs in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets more palatable for actor Rupert Grint, filmmakers created the slimy creatures out of orange-flavoured jelly.
- More than 300 litres of silicone were used to make the vibrantly-coloured sweets in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, including Puking Pastilles and Nosebleed Nougat.
I took so many photos during the evening, being short I was elbowed out-of-the-way I didn’t get many great shots unfortunately.The ladies were really lovely showing us how the Pavlova was made and how colours were mingled to make the large kaleidoscope lollipops.The big chocolate cake with strawberries on the The Great hall table looked so convincing, as did the tiny Petit-Fours.We really enjoyed the Butterbeer ice cream and brightly coloured cake pops, the kids were delighted to get to taste some harry potter inspired food.
The other highlight of the evening was arriving at Platform 9 3/4.The Hogwart’s Express was bloody brilliant to see, touch, smell and hear.7 year old Mouse was so excited to be able to walk onto the train and see inside the carriages.We all took it in turns to push luggage through the wall, I think we all may have wished we were going to enter out onto the other side.We tried to cram in as much as possible in the 3 hours we had for the tour, we do advise when booking to book as early as possible so you can see all the exhibits properly.
The Studio Tour’s Sweets and Treats feature will run from Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.
Tickets must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the Studio Tour’s Visitor Services Team on 0845 084 0900 and cannot be bought at the attraction.
We would to say a big thank you for inviting us along to The Making Of Harry Potter Studio Tour- Sweets And Treats for the special family blogger evening, you made me and my kids very happy.
We were invited along to see a preview of Sweets And Treats family blogger evening.I paid for my own travel there and back.