Harry Potter is a young wizard created by the British writer J. K. Rowling, and he became one of the most successful modern book characters and made it to the big screen. Children and adults alike love his adventures because they have such lively magic and mystery.
This article will describe how to follow in Harry’s footsteps. The Harry Potter Universe intersects with the real London in amazing and interesting places. Visitors to London can experience many of these places and bring the books to life.
London King’s Cross railway station
This is an important station in north London and was built in the mid 19th century. Here, at Platform 9 3/4, the Hogwarts Express takes children to school. The platform is magically hidden, so muggles just see a brick arch. But accidents happen. Recently, a cart with bags got stuck partway through. It’s a great spot to take a picture.
This futuristic foot bridge across the Thames was built in 2000 to celebrate the millenium. In the movie “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” it is destroyed and falls into the river. In reality, the bridge is still standing, and it’s a popular tourist destination. You can daydream here and imagine that you’re a wizard and enjoy the wonderful view of the British capital.
St. Pancras railway station
This excellent example of British Neo-Gothic architecture connects a train station and hotel. The Weasleys fly their magic car in front of it in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” This building is visible final scene of the movie.
Reptile House, London Zoo
The London Zoo was opened in 1828 and houses many beautiful, rare and dangerous creatures (over 750 species). This is where Harry spoke with snakes.
Maybe you have this rare gift too? Visiting this terrarium will let you practice your parseltongue. Visit the other animals on your way, especially the elephants.
This is one of the most beautiful covered markets from the Victorian Era and is still operating to this day. Leadenhall was used to create part of Diagon Alley and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in the movie “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”
It’s a good place to visit thanks to the special ambiance and it’s wonderful for a slow walk or shopping.
This bustling intersection in the middle of the city is where the famous scene from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was filmed and the trio of wizards barely managed to avoid getting hit by a London bus. In reality, the square is home to many shops and entertaining establishments. You can easily spend an afternoon here.
Westminster Tube Station
It’s one of the oldest London Underground stations. Harry personally used this wonderful station in the movie “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
The station is popular because of its location right below the heart of London, where there are a lot of interesting tourist attractions. If you come here during the Harry Potter World game, you’ll have an excellent time and be able to see the city.
This arched bridge across the Thames was built in the 1930s. In the movie “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” there’s a dramatic car scene where Harry’s bus magically squeezes between two others. You can explore the bridge on foot because it has a pedestrian lane.
Warner Bros. London studio
The crown jewel of this list is Warner Bros. studio in Watford. This is where the movies were filmed. Guests can expect a tour of the film studio and visit the themed museum and amusement park for the world of Harry Potter.
During your tour you will see the stage props from the movies, meet residents from J. K. Rowling’s world and participate in a small show. You can also see a detailed model of Hogwarts that was used for panoramic shots.
There’s a cafe here with themed dishes that you can’t try in other places and a souvenir shop with many choices. They say you can even buy a broom. You can book a tour with transfer from Victoria station and not have to worry about your route (read more here).
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The magnificent Australian embassy building in Great Britain is on Strand Street and was built in 1918. In Harry Potter’s world, it served as the architectural prototype for the Gringotts wizarding bank run by goblins.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Harry Potter!