Returning from the 15th September until the 5th November, the feature explores the darker side of the wizarding world…

Visitors attending between September the 15th to November the 5th will be able to begin their journey of discovery into the darker side of the wizarding world with over 100 hand-carved pumpkins floating magically above the iconic Great Hall – as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, as the studio tour’s popular dark arts special returns ahead of Halloween.

As they wonder around the experience, visitors will find vats of viscous troll snot, luminous pools of unicorn blood and the gloopy drool of Fluffy the three-headed dog and can discover how exactly they were made by asking one of the expert team members.

Elsewhere, the loyal followers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will stalk through the iconic sets during the Dark Arts feature. During this takeover, Lord Voldemort’s loyal followers will demonstrate the menacing wand choreography as seen onscreen in a procession through the iconic sets. The Death Eaters will showcase the real wand moves developed by Paul Harris who choreographed the wand combat scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Throughout the tour, visitors will be encouraged to follow the Dark Mark; the symbol of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters which will be projected throughout the Studio Tour. Brave visitors are invited to find the Dark Mark using the hints in the Studio Tour’s popular activity passport, which will be redesigned for this feature.

It has also been announced that the ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ events will also be returning this year, on the 5th and 6th October. Following canapés and smoking dry ice cocktails; courageous Muggles, wizards, and witches will be seated for a lavish 2-course feast between the sets within the Studio Tour which will be patrolled by Death Eaters. A selection of dessert canapés will be served later in the tour.

Hogwarts After Dark‘ will take place from 6:30pm to midnight on these dates and are open to over 18s only. Guests will be seated at tables of 10 or 12 and tickets are priced at £275pp. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00am on 20th July 2023. Tickets will include:

– A misting cocktail/mocktail or soft drink and canapés served on arrival in the Studio Tour Lobby

– A chosen house wand on arrival

– Exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour

– A two-course dinner in the interior sets with drinks

– A selection of dessert canapés

– A taster of Butterbeer in the Backlot Café

– A wand combat lesson with Paul Harris, Choreographer

– A souvenir digital green screen photograph package 

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