Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida or re-reading all seven books are both great ways to re-live the Harry Potter series. But sometimes you need to go directly to where the magic happened (and where the movies were filmed): London. What could be better than getting to re-enact your favorite scenes with a few friends and family?
King’s Cross Station may be one of the locations most powerfully associated with everyone’s favorite boy wizard, from Harry’s first fledgling steps as a Hogwarts student to the series finale. But there’s so much more to discover in London for dedicated Harry Potter fans! Here are eight places worth checking out:
1. Millennium Bridge
The Millennium Bridge is featured at the beginning of the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, when a group of Death Eaters destroy the bridge. We’re happy to report that it has since been magically repaired.
2. Borough Market and Leadenhall Market
J.K. Rowling may have used her creativity for the pub on Charing Cross Road, but the shops in both markets were used as The Leaky Cauldron in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
3. Lambeth Bridge
This might look like a reasonably mundane facade, but this building was the set designer’s inspiration for 12 Grimmauld Place, more commonly known as the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.
4. Claremont Square
This might look like a reasonably mundane facade, but this facade was the set designer’s inspiration for 12 Grimmauld Place, more commonly known as the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.
5. St. Paul’s Cathedral
The staircase leading to Professor Trelawney’s classroom is actually a winding staircase inside of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
6. Great Scotland Yard
Besides just being featured in The Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Great Scotland Yard used to be the original headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. In the world of Harry Potter, however, Great Scotland Yard’s entrance is used as the entrance for the Ministry of Magic.
7. Australia High Commission
Fun fact: the Australia High Commission is actually the longest continuously occupied diplomatic mission in all of the United Kingdom. This incredibly important embassy doubled up as Gringott’s Bank in the series. There is increased security compared to the other locations on this list, but you can understand why it’s justified.
8. King’s Cross Station
The most well-known Harry Potter easter egg in London has to be Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross Station. While sadly closed to Muggles, you can definitely snap a great mid-action shot holding on to the cart with a scarf from the gift shop right next door. Unfortunately even after all of our research, we never came across a case where someone actually went through.
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