Harry Potter is one of the most beloved book and film series of all time, you can find filming locations all across the United Kingdom. London is lucky enough to host a number of some of the most memorable scenes - however, there’s only one way you’ll be allowed to access our magical guide to London, and that’s by repeating the following words...
“I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”
Great! Now that we are on the same page let’s start the tour.
Travelling to London Euston on board the Caledonian Sleeper takes you straight to the heart of the stories. Just 4 minutes’ walk away is Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station where The Hogwarts Express departs. There you’ll find a luggage trolley embedded in the wall and you can embark on your very own magical adventure. It’s completely free which leaves more of your pennies to spend at the Platform 9¾ shop in King’s Cross Station. I mean come on what true wizard would head off to Hogwarts without their own wand?
Next door to King’s Cross Station you’ll see the stunning St Pancras International. You may have noticed the memorable building when the Weasley’s blue Ford Anglia took off as Harry and Ron tried to make it on time for their second school year at Hogwarts.
It’ll be with a sigh of relief for many when they spot the London Millennium Bridge intact. Harry Potter fans will recognise this pedestrian suspension bridge from the dramatic scenes in the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The opening of the film shows Death Eaters taking over the city and the bridge collapsing. In the muggle world this is a beautiful spot even for non-Harry Potter fans – offering photogenic views looking towards St Paul’s Cathedral as you walk from the south side to the north.
For those who want to experience the magical world up close Warner Brother’s studio tour is 20 miles north of West London in Leavesden. All the films in the Harry Potter series were made here, and it became a second home to the cast and crew for more than 10 years. It hosts a treasured collection of iconic props and costumes from all the films and some of your favourite scenes.
The studio tour offers opportunities to walk along Diagon Alley, ride broomsticks and finally get a chance to taste Butterbeer! This summer you can watch dawn break over Hogwarts castle with an exclusive breakfast at Hogwarts in the Great Hall.
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Platform 9 and 3/4 Image courtesy of Network Rail