Jan 12, 2016

You Can Dine at Hogwarts for Valentine's Day, Here's How:

For all you Harry Potter super fans out there, Warner Bros. is taking reservations for a special Valentine's Day dinner in the Great Hall of Hogwarts this year.

The experience runs on February 13 and 14, 2016 and includes pre-dinner drinks and canapes, a 3-course dinner on the actual set of the Great Hall from the Harry Potter movies (decorated for the occasion of course), after-hours access to the Warner Bros. London Studio Tour (which includes various Harry Potter sets), a tankard of Butterbeer (of course!), after-dinner tea (or coffee) and chocolates, plus a magic wand of your choice.

Here's what's on the dinner menu (including drinks):

- Smoked salmon mousse crowned with home-cured gravlax
- Vegetarian Option: Grilled artichoke hearts, beetroot carpaccio and Grand Marnier sabayon
Luis Felipe, Edwards Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Rapel Valley, Chile 2012/13

- Hertfordshire lamb rack and confit shoulder with rosemary and garlic potato fondant, grilled asparagus and red wine jus
- Vegetarian Option: Croxton Manor goats cheese and potato gnocchi, baked celeriac, squash, salsify and pumpkin seed oil
Luis Felipe, Lot 18, Merlot, Rapel Valley, Chile 2011/12

An assiette (plate) of desserts that includes:
- Classic lemon tart
- Champagne and strawberry panna cotta
- Valrhona chocolate pavé (flourless cake) with pistachio nut crumb
and mango crème Chantilly

The price tag on the Valentine's Dinner for two is £495 (~$715.32) plus you'll need to get over to London somehow (you might have to pay a visit to Gringotts for this one). Considering that the studio tour is normally £35 per person and a wand goes for £26.95, that breaks down to £371.1 (~$536.18) for the various food and drinks for two people, which is fairly competitive for a fancy dinner on Valentine's Day.

If this sounds like your cup of tea (so to speak), they start taking reservations tomorrow (January 13, 2016). You can keep an eye out for details on their website at:

For the younger Harry Potter fans, you're going to have to miss out on this one as it's 18 years and over only due to the alcoholic beverages being served (you only have to be 18 years old to drink in the U.K.).

Here's how the Great Hall was decked out for a similar Christmas dinner last year to give you an idea of what to expect:

Here's the complete itinerary for the event:

6.40 PM - Catch the shuttle bus from Watford Junction train station

7.00 PM - Arrive into the Studio Tour lobby for event registration

7.30 PM - Romantic drinks and canapes reception

8.15 PM - Enter the cinema to begin your Valentine’s dinner experience

8.30 PM - Walk the red carpet to take a seat with your loved one, as you enjoy a three course meal on the original Great Hall set

10.15 PM - Explore the remainder of the Studio Tour with further drinks on Platform 9 3/4 and after-dinner drinks accompanied by chocolates overlooking the Hogwarts Castle Model

11.45 PM - Return to the Studio Tour Lobby to collect your wand

Midnight - Depart (shuttle buses will return to Watford Junction train station)

Photos via Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

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