It's getting to be the most wonderful time of the year. And during the most wonderful time of the year, there is nowhere else on this planet that I would I rather be than Hogwarts. Look at it this way, on its own, the holiday season is pretty magical. What else but the holidays could convince me to spend extended periods of time in close quarters with my family? So imagine spreading that holiday cheer and goodwill towards man in the Great Hall over a festive feast and some Wizard Crackers.
While I weep regularly over the fact that I will never experience such a Christmas beyond my wildest dreams, I can take solace i the fact that some people get to see Hogwarts in all of its wintery glory. Well, sort of.
The lovely folks at Warner Bros. recently released a timelapse video to show exactly how the special effects artists behind the London Harry Potter studios tour transform it from your everyday magical Wizarding school, to the winter wonderland that is Hogwarts during the holidays.
Here we can see the scale model that was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone being delicately dusted with fresh "snow" (a mixture of salt and paper and not some magical non-melting snow).
It's not just the exterior of Hogwarts that's getting the holiday treatment. The Great Hall will feature original props from the first film, 8 new Christmas trees with 200 gold stars, and the house tables will be adorned with a fake feast fit for those Hogwarts students that choose to stay at the castle.
The Harry Potter studios tour's winter makeover will be around until February 1. So if you happen to be in London in the near future, please check it out on my behalf and send me pictures. Let me live vicariously through you.