Like many a muggle, I’m forever in a state of devastation when I realise that my letter to Hogwarts will probably never arrive and I’m unlikely to be headhunted to become digital marketing manager at the Ministry of Magic. Sigh. So, you can imagine my disbelief when on the 24th August 2016 – my 25th birthday – I received my letter from Hogwarts. A mere fourteen years late. The letter may have been fabricated by my boyfriend and arrived via Ford Fiesta rather than owl, but it was there and I was to be heading to Hogwarts.
The letter was still not my actual Hogwarts acceptance letter but it was a letter inviting me to (finally) visit the Harry Potter studio tour and to have breakfast at Hogwarts for my birthday!
I’ve wanted to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour ever since it opened all those years ago, but have never had the chance to visit. Every time they’ve had a special event on (especially their Valentine’s meal) I’ve been desperate to go, so when I saw they were hosting Breakfast At Hogwarts on two select dates in August I got incredibly excited. Unfortunately with only 300 guests being able to go to each event, by the time I got to the site and told my boyfriend about it, the tickets had all sold out! As it turned out, sneaky Lee had already called up and booked tickets for us. Boyfriend points right there.
Breakfast at Hogwarts: The Breakfast
The event was fantastic, we arrived at the studio early (at 8:30am) to register – and for me to get an ‘It’s My Birthday’ badge! – before heading in for breakfast. Breakfast was served around the amazing Hogwarts castle model canape-style including little pots of yoghurt and compote, fruit kebabs, bacon/sausage rolls, hash browns and pastries amongst others. Drinks were tea/coffee or bucks fizz. Obviously, being my birthday, I indulged in a few glasses of bucks fizz. The atmosphere was lovely, with music playing in the background and the lighting being used to represent dawn breaking over the castle.
After breakfast we were taken in groups to begin the studio tour. I was very glad to be in the last group so we could fully enjoy the atmosphere and experience of breakfast around Hogwarts. When we entered the tour, the Great Hall was set up for breakfast with toast and boxes of Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls on the tables. We got to take a photo of us having breakfast at Hogwarts with a Hufflepuff and Slytherin student – of course I went for the Slytherin side of the breakfast table.
After our photo-op we were able to enjoy the rest of the studio tour, which took us a good three and a half hours to walk around. I won’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but it is just amazing. Even Lee who isn’t too familiar with Harry Potter loved it!
Breakfast at Hogwarts was a special event but you can find out more about it on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour website here.