With the world-renowned sports event taking place this summer, visitors from all over the world are flocking to England’s capital. While competitions will be the focus in the City this summer it is important to remember the rich literary tradition of England. Famous books have flowed out of England to the rest of the world for hundreds of years from Oliver Twist to more recently Harry Potter. Next time you’re in London, explore the magical world of Harry Potter created by J.K. Rowling by visiting the real-world places where the movie series was filmed.
Photo credit: tripu http://www.flickr.com/photos/tripu/267155109/
1. Platform 9 ¾– Catch the train to Hogwarts at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. While not actually between platforms nine and ten (it’s between platforms 8 and 9), have fun reenacting Harry and Ron’s first fanciful train ride to Hogwarts by taking a picture with a luggage trolley in the wall halfway to the platform.
2. The Leaky Cauldron- Take a stroll down to the pub that was portrayed as “The Leaky Cauldron” in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The storefront of 42 Bull’s Head Passage was used as the exterior of the Leaky Cauldron and can be found near Leadenhall Market.
3. Ministry of Magic- The real government offices of White Hall were used for the exterior of the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part I.
4. Twelve Grimmauld Place- The family home of Harry’s godfather Sirius Black as seen in The Order of the Phoenix can be found in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near Sir John Soane’s Museum.
5. Death Eater Café- See the cafe where Harry, Ron, and Hermione were attacked by Death Eaters in the beginning of Deathly Hallows Part I in the normally bustling Piccadilly Circus.
Photo via Flickr User pandrcutts
6. Harrow School- See the classrooms where Harry is first taught to wave his wand at the Harrow School in northwest London.
7. Ticket to Hogwarts- Harry got his train ticket to Hogwarts from Hagrid in The Chamber of Secrets at St. Pancras International Station sky bridge.
8. London Zoo’s Reptile House- Here Harry was first made aware of his magically powers and scared the bejesus out of his cousin Dudley by talking to a boa constrictor in the The Sorcerer’s Stone.
9. Gringotts Wizarding Bank- Try to find Harry’s gold Galleons at the Exhibition Hall of Australia House near the Temple tube station.
10. Leavesden Film Studios- The studio where most of the London scenes were shot. The studio is now open for the most diehard Harry Potter fans to see props and sets used in the movies.