As any fan of the Harry Potter series knows, a large part of the story is set in London. The wizarding world of Harry Potter comes to life in many different ways in London and there are plenty of sights to see for fans of the books and movies.
Here are just a few of the Harry Potter sights you can find in London.
1. Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross
The first place any Harry Potter fan must visit is platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross station. This is where Harry first boards the Hogwarts Express to begin his magical journey.
While you can’t actually board the train, there is a photo opportunity where you can “push” your luggage through the wall into platform 9 3/4.
There is also a Harry Potter shop at King’s Cross station where you can find all sorts of magical merchandise.
2. Leadenhall Market (Diagon Alley)
If you’re looking for more Harry Potter shops, there are plenty to choose from in London. Diagon Alley is the most famous, and you can find it at Leadenhall Market.
This is where Harry does his school shopping for supplies like his wand and cauldron.
You can also find a number of Harry Potter themed shops in the real life Diagon Alley, including a wand shop and a shop selling Hogwarts robes.
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3. Millenium Bridge
If you want to see some of the movie locations used in the Harry Potter films, there are several to choose from in London. The Millennium Bridge, which appears in the film as the bridge that gets destroyed by the death eaters, is a real bridge over the River Thames.
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4. Australia House (Gringotts)
Another film location is Australia House, which was used as Gringotts Wizarding Bank in the films.
5. Grimmauld Place
You can also see the exterior of 12 Grimmauld Place, which was used as the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix in the films, and you can find this at Claremont Square.
6. The Harry Potter Studios
If you’re looking for a more immersive Harry Potter experience, there are a few different options available. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a must-see for any fan of the series.
Here you can see sets, props and costumes used in the films, and learn about how the movies were made.
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7. The Cauldron
For a more magical experience, you can visit The Cauldron. This is an Harry Potter-themed pub in London where you can try some traditional British food and drink, like fish and chips and Butterbeer.
Read more about it here.
8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
If you want to see a live performance of Harry Potter, you can see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. This is a two-part play that picks up where the seventh book left off, and follows Harry’s son Albus as he attends Hogwarts.
Read more here.
9. Harry Potter Walking Tour
There is also a Harry Potter walking tour available which takes you to some of the key locations from the books and movies. Finally, there is the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library, which is a must-see for any fan of the series.
So, if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, there are plenty of sights to see in London. From shops and film locations to museums and tours, there is something for everyone.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!
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