If you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan, a visit to the Warner Bros Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter is probably top of your list.
Here you’ll find the original sets, props and costumes used in the series of films, and you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the more famous Hogwarts settings, such as the Great Hall and Professor Dumbledore’s office.
However, London itself is home to some of the most iconic locations used to bring the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter to life.
Here are 5 amazing London locations every Harry Potter fan must see, all easily accessible by tube, Knight Bus, flue powder or broomstick!
- Platform 9 ¾
Your first stop has got to be King’s Cross Station. Thanks to Harry Potter, King’s Cross is quite possibly now the most famous station in the world. Head over to the West Concourse. There you’ll find a plaque and a baggage trolley embedded in the wall between platforms 9 and 10.
There’s also the delightful Platform 9 ¾ gift shop. The shop was officially opened by actor Warwick Davis (aka Prof. Flitwick) and it sells a whole range of unique Harry Potter memorabilia.
- The Leaky Cauldron
According to Ms Rowling, Number 1, Diagon Alley is the address of the oldest pub in London, The Leaky Cauldron, the gateway between the muggle world and Diagon Alley.
For us muggles, it’s Cecil Court, which can be found ‘just off Charing Cross Road’. The pedestrian-only street is full of charm and offers a wonderfully quirky range of secondhand, speciality bookshops, and antique shops. It’s so atmospheric, you can almost imagine bumping into Hagrid or Ollivander as you stroll along.
- Diagon Alley
The beautiful Victorian Leadenhall Market was used as the setting for the original Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Leadenhall is a delightful mixture of narrow cobbled streets, stunning architecture including an ornate iron and glass roof, and trendy restaurants and bars.
Recognise the blue painted exterior of the optician’s shop in Bulls Head Passage? It was used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
- Millennium Bridge
One of the most dramatic and thrilling scenes of all has to be the destruction of the Millennium Bridge in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Luckily, the bridge itself is still intact and perfectly safe to walk across (not even a wobble!). Take in the spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral, but do keep an eye out for Deatheaters.
- London Zoo
The Reptile House is the very one where Harry learns to speak parseltongue with snakes. There’s a plaque commemorating the scene beside the glassed tank where the Burmese python escaped.
You’ll be disappointed to see it’s now home to a black mamba and not Dudley Dursley, but you could always try out your parseltongue skills. You might even get a reply!
If you love all things Harry Potter and are keen to get behind the scenes to learn about the magic of the Harry Potter films, join one of our hugely popular Warner Bros. Studio Tours.