Top 5 locations that real Harry Potter fans should have seen
Discover the most exciting locations in the Harry Potter universe in London on a tour along the highlights of the movies. Try your hand at the spells, push your cart through the wall at platform 9 3/4 and let the magic world come to life.
1. Gringotts Magic Bench
The Australia House is located directly on the historic beach road and served in the Harry Potter universe as an exterior facade for the notorious Gringotts magic bank. The interior shots were also made here. In real life, the Australian High Commission is based here. The inspection from the inside is therefore almost impossible. But even the view from the outside is worth a visit! The next stop of the subway is "Temple" - easy to reach with the "Circle Line". You can start your tour for example at Kings Cross station.
2. Millennium Bridge
Those who do not only want to have a wonderful view to the famous St. Paul's Cathedral but at the same time look for a reference to Harry Potter should walk over the Millennium Bridge. In the 6th movie of the series it is destroyed in a dementor attack but fortunately it still exists in London. The closest stops are "Blackfriars" and "Cannon Street".
3. London City Hall
Although London City Hall is not a setting of the Harry Potter series in the strict sense but it is shown in one of the initial scenes of the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". In the moviethe employees of London City Hall witness the attack on Millennium Bridge. The building is 10 minutes walk from Tower Bridge and is easiest to reach by tube via London Bridge Station.
4. Professor Flitwick's classroom
The classroom in which Professor Flitwick teaches magic really exists. This is the Fourth Form Room at Harrow Boarding School. The school is located just over 20 km northwest of central London. The school offers three public tours per year, which must be booked in advance. Timely planning is important here! A guided tour takes about 2 hours. The boarding school is easiest to reach via King's Cross station.
5. The Ministry of Magic
Especially in the later Harry Potter movies the Ministry of Magic is shown more often. In real life, the façade of the Whitehall government building served as a setting. It is located on the corner of Great Scotland Yard and Scotland Place. The easiest way to reach Whitehall is via Westminster Station. The Big Ben is also in the direct vicinity. A small detour on your Harry Potter tour is worthwhile.
Travel tips for Harry Potter tours in London
Warner Bros. studio tour: Fly Nimbus 2000
Experience a guided tour of the Warner Bros. studios London and get Harry Potter as close as never before. Experience at first hand the birthplace of the magical world of the magician, who not only makes children's hearts beat faster. The studios are located in Leavesden, 32 kilometres north-west of central London. A train ride from London Euston station takes 20 minutes. Shuttle buses to the studios run from central London. An absolute highlight of the tour is to fly a Nimbus 2000 yourself! Via green screen you will be projected directly into the real film scenery and can take a unique photo home with you.
Where's the Harry Potter shop?
Magic to go: The Harry Potter shop is located in the centrally located Kings Cross station, close to the National Railways. A golden train ticket for the Hogwarts Express or the dreaded magic beans with flavours such as "earwax" or "dirt" are regarded as must-have here. A photo with the luggage trolley and owl Hedwig at the famous entrance to platform 9 3/4 is one of the highlights for Harry Potter fans in London.
On a shopping tour through Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley is one of the most mystical places in the Harry Potter world. Combine sightseeing with an extensive shopping tour and walk on the traces of the Harry Potter universe. The Leadenhall Market, a Victorian covered market not far from the Tower of London, served as the setting for the magic shops of the infamous Diagon Alley. In the area of the "Bull's Head Passage" is the blue entrance of the pub "Leaky Cauldron". The fastest way to get to the market is via the Monument underground station.
Also interesting for Harry Potter fans: The London Zoo
The London Zoo is located in the middle of Regent's Park in the northern part of the city centre. The location itself makes an excursion worthwhile. This popular destination invites you to stay here longer. Besides the sunbathing lawns and recreational facilities in the park the zoo also offers an insight into the first movie in the Harry Potter series in its reptile house. During a tour Harry noticed that he can talk to snakes and accidentally released a huge king boa. Next to this very terrarium there is a sign indicating this. The perfect trip goal for Harry Potter fans in London.
Little time? Experience the Harry Potter Bus Tour
You are in London only for a weekend? Nevertheless, see the most beautiful sights of the capital and visit the famous Harry Potter shooting locations in London. Lean back while you dive into the big world of the little magic students on the bus tour. Visit platform 9 3/4, among others, and use the small stopovers for magical souvenir photos. After three hours in the Harry Potter world there is still enough time for Fish & Chips, Tower Bridge and London Eye.