Harry Potter’s London: 8 movie spots you might recognize

Fans enjoying The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando.
Fans enjoying The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Orlando. Photo Credit: Troy Jarrell.

Visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or re-reading all seven books are both great ways to re-live the Harry Potter series. If you find yourself in London, however, we we’ve got the perfect Harry Potter’s London tour for you! On this Harry Potter Bus Tour, you will come face-to-face with the places that inspired some of your favorite scenes! What could be better than getting to re-enact your favorite scenes with a bunch of Harry Potter fans?

The answer is nothing. Except maybe being a part of the original cast, but it’s too late for that so you’ll have to settle for Plan B.

King’s Cross Station is 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.

Aerial shot of Millennium Bridge. Photo Credit: Bernard Gagnon.

2. Borough Market and Leadenhill Market

Shops in both markets, at different times, were used as The Leaky Cauldron. J.K. Rowling imagined the pub on Charing Cross Road.

Leadenhill Market was used as The Leaky Cauldron.
Leadenhill Market was used as The Leaky Cauldron. Photo Credit: Laurie Nevay.

3. Lambeth Bridge

The Nightbus crosses this bridge and squeezes between two other busses in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Lambeth bridge in London.
Lambeth bridge in London. Photo Credit: Maersk Line.

4. Claremont Square

This was the set designer’s inspiration for 12 Grimmauld Place, headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.

Claremont Square in London.
Claremont Square in London. Photo Credit: Andy F.

5. St. Paul’s Cathedral

The staircase to Professor Trelawney’s classroom is actually a staircase in St. Paul’s.

View from the bottom of the staircase in St. Paul's Cathedral.
View of the staircase in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Photo Credit: Reece Harley.

 6. Great Scotland Yard

Come here to see the entrance to the Ministry of Magic. 

View of Great Scotland Yard in London.
View of Great Scotland Yard in London. Photo Credit: Paul Farmer.

7. Australia High Commission

This embassy doubled up as Gringott’s bank. Ask nicely, and the security guard will let you see it.

Australian High Commission in London.
The Australian High Commission. Photo Credit: Martin Addison.

8. King’s Cross Station

Platform 9¾, while sadly closed to Muggles, is commemorated with a popular Harry Potter gift shop.

Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station, one of the stops on the Harry Potter London Bus Tour.
Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, one of the stops on the Harry Potter’s London Bus Tour. Photo Credit: Mathew Edwards.

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