Find the magic tout de sweet
Film fans are in for a feast with a tasty insight into the Harry Potter franchise. Camilla Goodman finds out more
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, July 20 to Sunday, September 6, visitors to the studio in Leavesden, near Watford, 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 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 The Harry Potter tour will focus on sweet treats, floating puddings and a confection of magic this summer 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.
Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price. Tickets cost £33 (adult), £25.50 (child aged five to 15) and children aged four and under go free. Visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or call 0845 084 0900.
Harry Potter food facts
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 vibrantlycoloured sweets in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, including Puking Pastilles and Nosebleed Nougat Ab Above, th the modeld l of fH Hogwartst castle model, Hogwarts Express and the great dining hall