A couple of weeks ago we spent a wonderful evening at the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesdon – The Making of Harry Potter previewing their Sweets and Treats exhibition that is on this summer. Just down the road from us in St Albans, it’s somewhere we’d never been – mainly because it’s only in the last few months have the Sealion and Cheetah Keepers really got into Harry Potter. I’ve been reading the books to them aloud almost every night for 7 months – we’ve got one chapter to go of The Half-Blood Prince – and it’s taken every ounce of my effort not to sob into the Kindle as I read!
Life at Hogwarts does seem to be rather food focussed – 3 hot meals a day and a feast at regular intervals (I suppose a good school must march on it’s stomach…) and we started our tour in the Great Hall which has some examples of the food they used for the films set out on the table.
The Sweets and Treats exhibition focuses on how the food for the films was created. Some of it was real – the rest was created by just some of the amazing props team who created all sorts from resin and other tricks of the trade. Not only was the food for the feasts required, all the sweets in Honeydukes were created and those sold by the Weasley twins – plus the slugs that Ron Weasley had to throw up!
We were lucky enough to be there with the lovely Kirsty from Damson Lane, Steph and her daughter from Steph’s Two Girls and Renata and her tribe from Just Bring the Chocolate (amongst others – I could write a whole blog post about the number of epic people that were there) – and we toured together. The 3 girls are all in my Guide unit so were delighted to hang out together
New for this summer is the addition of Butterbeer Ice-Cream to the goodies that are available in the Backlot Cafe. For those with a sweet tooth this dreamy concoction is absolutely gorgeous (I *may* have helped the children eat up theirs *coughs*) – I would certainly choose this over Butterbeer. Then again, I’d probably chose ice-cream over beer… Moving on…
We could have easily spent far longer than the 3 hours we were there – the wow moments just kept on coming. From the model of the ice palace at the Yule Ball…
to the model of Hogwarts and everything in between – we had an amazing time. The Cheetah Keeper’s face when he spotted the first of the Snitches was just lovely.
Many thanks go to the Warner Bros team for inviting us to the preview – I’m not sure the Cheetah Keeper would cope if it was at maximum visitor capacity – so making it so accessible was absolutely awesome.