For two magical nights in October, no Defense Against the Dark Arts professor will be able to cast a spell against Death Eaters taking over Hogwarts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter transforms the Great Hall into a spectacle haunted by much scarier things than Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle.
Hogwarts After Dark will cast its shadow over the Studio Tour on Oct. 28 and 29 with spooky smoking dry ice cocktails and canapés right after nightfall. You can’t deny the ghostly coolness of what looks like ectoplasm rising out of your glass. Then Great Hall will then open its doors to tablescapes of pumpkins (of course), red apples, and cauldrons of lollipops (please tell me there’s a butterbeer flavor) all being watched by the hundred glowing jack-o-lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Meaning, I would be in paradise.
The dinner menu, whose gorgeously dark design I now officially want to copy for my own Halloween party, is magical in itself. Two courses conjured up with all the flavors of the season will be served in the Great Hall, where a Death Eater in one of the genuine costumes from the movie may or may not creep up behind you as you savor your chicken liver and mandarin parfait with spiced pumpkin chutney. Those costumes are one of my cosplay #goals.
Did I mention you get to eat dessert in the Forbidden Forest?
Just follow the spiders to indulge in pumpkin pie, toffee apples or Black Forest bavarois where Hogwarts students fear to tread, in the company of magical creatures like everyone’s favorite Hippogriff, Buckbeak, and acromantula Aragog. After the last toffee apple is eaten, you’ll take off under cover of darkness for a Studio Tour through Diagon Alley and other locales in the wizarding world that have transformed into something spookier than usual. By the way, Death Eaters will still be stalking you.
You don’t need Divination classes to tell you this eerie extravaganza is predictably sold out, but maybe more tickets will materialize with the right spell.