'Harry Potter' fans can have Christmas dinner at Hogwarts this year

'Harry Potter' fans can have Christmas dinner at Hogwarts this year

Yes, it's September and yes, I agree that it's entirely too early to be thinking in any detail about the festive season, but before you know it the most wonderful time of the year will be upon us again.

I suppose there are two ways to look at this. The optimist would look forward to the never-ending mounds of food, the presents, the time spent with cherished family members and the cold winter nights round the open fireplace. And yes, that does all sound rather lovely, doesn't it?

The pessimist, meanwhile, will note the enormous stress of the whole affair; charging through shopping malls on Christmas Eve shouting at poor unsuspecting cashiers because they've sold out of tinsel and no, ma'am, we're not getting an order in before Christmas Day. It's literally the night before the main event, why weren't you more organised?

Check out this incredible Harry Potter-themed fortress these grandparents built:

Well, in the spirit of being as rigidly organised as possible this Christmas, I'm here to share with you perhaps the most important festive news you'll ever hear in September. Potter fans, hold on to your wizard hats, because, this Christmas, you can enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner in Hogwarts. Sure, yours won't be made by house elves before being magic-ed onto your plate while a nearby ghost regales you with tales of how he almost lost his head, but you will be sat in the great hall, just like a real Hogwarts student.

Excited? Of course you are, so here are the details you're going to need.

Visitors to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden, just outside London, will have the opportunity to experience the many magical sets from the wizarding world with a winter makeover, not least the incredible scale model of Hogwarts. Now that in itself is clearly worth a (fourth, for me) visit to the brilliant studio tour, but the main event is even more exciting, because on December 9, 10 and 11, Potterheads will have the opportunity to enjoy drinks and canapés, followed by a two-course Christmas dinner, in the Great Hall.

Surrounded by Potter-themed festive fare, you'll dine sat at the iconic house tables (choose wisely, or you might end up between Crabbe and Goyle), before enjoying the studio tour. Dessert bowls will be served on Platform 9 3/4, where you'll be able to take in the arresting spectacle of the Hogwarts Express.

You'll then work your way through the rest of the - I have to say once again, quite brilliant - studio tour, including new set piece, Gringotts Bank.

If this sounds like your slice of pumpkin pie, then tickets will become available on September 17 on the Warner Bros Studio Tour Website.