Are you a Harry Potter fan? Are you visiting London? I have some good news for you. London is the Harry Potter capital of the world.
London is the city that inspired the Harry Potter stories, and there are plenty of locations for fans to visit even if you’re pushed for time.
Kings Cross Station Platform 9 ¾
Start your Harry Potter journey from Kings Cross Station and run to platform 9 ¾ to catch the train to Hogwarts.
Here you can actually see a trolley, half hidden in the wall. You can choose your Hogwart’s House scarf and take a picture of the moment you rush to catch the train. Also, the shop next door has professional photographers who are more than happy to snap you.
There’s also the Harry Potter Shop to visit near Platform 9 3/4. The shop opened its doors to the public in 2012. Harry Potter star Warwick Davis, who played both Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the films, officially opened the store for business.
In the shop, you can find plenty of Harry Potter souvenirs, from wands and scarfs to purses and even the time turner necklace.
You can find The Daily Prophet, the Harry Potter Undesirable No 1 poster, the Marauder’s Map, Hogwarts Express tickets, Gilderoy Lockhart’s bestsellers and Harry Potter’s acceptance letter in a new exhibition called ‘House of MinaLima’.
The idea comes from Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who are putting their fantastic design work on show. Based in Soho, it accommodates two floors dedicated to Harry Potter as well as exhibitions from the new movie “Fantastic Beats and where to find them”.
Minalima is open every day from 12pm to 7pm and the entrance is free.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The making of Harry Potter
Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
See first-hand the sets, costumes, and props used in all the Harry Potter films. Step inside some of the films’ locations including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s hut.
Tickets cost £39 per adult and you have to book them in advance.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
Until 27th of May, you can watch the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre in London.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry is trying to control his past, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. Both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
The play is in two parts, you can either watch them the same day or not.
Again you have to book your tickets in advance.
Reptile House, London Zoo
The first time that Harry Potter spoke to the snakes was during his visit to the Reptile House in London Zoo. The Reptile House is home to of some of the most amazing reptiles in the world.
Tickets to visit London zoo start from £24.30.
Fancy a walk to Diagon Alley then head over to Leadenhall Market in the City of London where scenes from the Philosopher’s Stone were filmed.
Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian market, which provides the perfect atmosphere for the Harry Potter’s films. You might not have a chance to taste a Butterbeer, but at least you can find a couple of atmospheric pubs and bars to have a drink.