Tuesday, 25 February 2020

A Celebration of Slytherin At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 3rd April to 6th September 2020






 Fans are invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever. Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.




Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. 




When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.




Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.




Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.


Thursday, 20 February 2020

Why all of the 'hate' recently? Spread the love.



Why do we find it so easy to hate on each other? Not so much face to face but online and on social media, hidden behind a screen we let the hate flow freely through the keyboard. 

So many people think that it’s ok. It’s not said to someone’s face so maybe it won’t hurt as much? 






Some things I’ve seen and read online recently are just awful. Would you really go up to someone in the street and say that to their face? Maybe some people are cruel enough to? 

Is it ok to comment because you think someone spends too much. ‘Oh I would never spend that much money on my child’ or ‘That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on an item of clothing’.  Well maybe you wouldn’t spend that but that doesn’t give you the right to dictate what others spend their money on. 

Or what about ‘What do they think they are wearing?’ or 'What do they think they look like?' Just because it’s not your taste in clothing or style doesn’t mean it doesn’t look nice or feel right for that person. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all had the same taste or style. 

On Instagram last year one of my child’s so called ‘friends’ put a poll to vote for the ugliest girl in their year and there was a vote for my child before the post was removed. Why would that child even put up something like that and then why would another child vote? Why the hatred? Why the dislike for others? What was the point? 

Just because you don’t agree with what others are doing doesn’t mean you can comment on it in a negative way. If someone followed you around and scrutinised every part of your day, each and every day, can you imagine how much that would drag you down to the point of being completely depressing. Even when you in yourself think you are doing the right thing someone else is there to make you think you aren’t. 

So why do it to others and even more so over social media or even in the media. Hidden behind a screen doesn’t mean you have the right to say what you like when you like. Hatred is spread far too easily recently and at the expense of others and their wellbeing and mental health. 

If we put as much effort into building each other up rather than tearing each other down the world would be a better place. Yet people can’t seem to do it. They can’t pass one nice comment on to someone no matter how small. That one comment could pick someone up for the rest of the day or even week. It could be that one comment that makes that person feel better about themselves just when they weren’t feeling at their best. 

So why can't we turn the hate into love. One small comment to someone who we wouldn't normally pass comment to. Leave a small note in a loved one's lunch letting them know how much they mean to you or you hope their day is going well. Leave a note on a colleagues desk thanking them for their help or input into work life. Drop a message to someone wishing them a good day or even offer 5 minutes of your time for a chat if needed. Spark up conversation to connect people together. 

All of this could make the world of difference to someone who may really need it and yet we don't always know it at the time. Be Kind.