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

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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

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