Winter magic

By | Entertainment
Great Hall doors. Credit@Warnerbros.

In recent news, it was publicly announced on the Harry Potter Warner Brother Studio Tour website that they could be hosting a winter dinner in ‘The Great Hall’, known to many potter fans as the communal dining area and speech platform for “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. The Harry Potter Studio Tour aims to be a type of museum containing many real sets and props that were used within the filming of the Harry Potter franchise. The tour may include the Hogwarts Express, a café in which the public may try butterbeer and the opportunity to have a picture taken whilst flying a broomstick.

Since it’s opening in March 2012, the studio tour seems to have attracted a significant number of people, both fans of the Harry Potter franchise and others who may simply be curious about the making of the films. JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels, may have stated often how surprised she was by the amount of attention and love the novels have attracted.

Harry Potter Tour.Dinner in the Great Hall - Train platform. Credit@WarnerBros.

Harry Potter Tour.Dinner in the Great Hall – Train platform. Credit@WarnerBros.

The announcement of the ticketed event came last week on the official tour website, however is now sold out. The event itinerary aims to include a two-course dinner for ticket holders to enjoy. It mentions that attendees may then be allowed to stroll round the studio tour at their own pace, enabling them to get a good look at the items on show when normally the tour might be busy and subject to a routine. The itinerary states that a bar may be open and dancing might be encouraged, it mentions that a free collectable wand is included in the £230 ticket price for all attendees to take home with them as a memento of the event.

Hogwarts castle model. Credit@WarnerBros.

Hogwarts castle model. Credit@WarnerBros.

The Harry Potter Studio Tour has had what might be considered a healthy reception from the public. Many fans may have started communicating with each other about the event and socialising with other like minded people. Different media platforms might have started promoting the event so that all of the public were given the opportunity to take part in the phenomenon. This may have been the reason that the event sold out so quickly, however the large scale of Harry Potter fans may have filled the event many times over.

Dolores Umbridge's desk and kitten  plates from  her Ministry of Magic  office.  Credit@WarnerBros.

Dolores Umbridge’s desk and kitten
plates from her Ministry of Magic
office. Credit@WarnerBros.

Events like these might bring many more people into the “Potter Fandom”, encouraging them to read the books and watch the movies to understand all the excitement, thus keeping the momentum up for the franchise. This may then profit the studio tour by encouraging new people to attend it. New readers may feel inspired to watch or buy the movies gaining more fans for the cast and crew. The public has often highlighted the escapism they may find from reading the stories, and by holding this event new people may want to read the books to experience the same sense of escapism others have commented on in the past.

An event like this aims to bring attendees together, to make new friends and incite general socialisation with similar minded people. It may well bring some fans dreams to life as the Great Hall might be festively decorated, much like an event within the novels and movie series known as the ‘Yule Ball’. Overall, the events popularity might mean more events similar to this in the future.

For further information on the event:https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/dinner

For further information on the studio tour itself: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/ or https://twitter.com/wbtourlondon

How may the dinner in the Great Hall bring Harry Potter fans together?

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