Are You A Harry Potter Fan? Take A Look At 11 Real Life Attractions You Can Visit!
If you’re a muggle with a sense of adventure, you can head to platform 9 3/4 with your owl, wand and Fizzing Whizzbees, ready to make the journey to Hogwarts. Check out these real life attractions and take the family on your own magical journey, down the Harry Potter path.
1. 4 Privet Drive, Berkshire
Who can forget the dreaded Dursely’s and their nasty treatment of everyone’s favourite wizard? You can see where the first external shots were filmed for the house at 4 Privet Drive, at number 12 Picket Post Close in Berkshire. Just like Ramsay Street in Melbourne (Pin Oak Court, the home of all your favourite ‘Neighbours’), this is a real residential street, so don’t expect to see any letter-delivering owls.
2. Wizarding World Of Harry Potter, Universal Studios, Florida, USA
You can revisit all of your favourite Harry Potter fantasies at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. Take a stroll down Diagon Alley and buy your Hogwart’s school tools, check out Kings Cross Station and, if you’re game, venture into the dark arts in Knockturn Alley.
3. Hogwarts Castle, Northumberland
Hogwarts Castle is everyone’s dream magic school and the heart of the Harry Potter films. The real life location is Alnwick Castle, which has also been used as the backdrop for films such as ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. If you’re a true wizard fan, you can even take broomstick training lessons!
4. Hagrid’s Forest, Glencoe, Scotland
Everyone loves Hagrid and you can immerse yourself in the stunning forest scenery, right where Hagrid’s Hut was built. While you’ll no longer get to see the hut with its peacefully billowing smoke, you can trek around the area, at the bottom of Clachaig Gully, near the Clachaig Inn.
5. Millennium Bridge, London
You’ll have to use your imagination for this one, by remembering the opening sequence in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, when the Millennium Footbridge collapses. The Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian only suspension bridge crossing the Thames, that also offers fantastic views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
6. Hogwarts Express Bridge, Lochaber, Scotland
The Hogwarts Express travelled over the Glenfinnan Viaduct every year, as the young witches and wizards made their way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can follow the same path, by taking a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train.
7. Universal Studios Japan
Just because you’re travelling overseas, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your Harry Potter fix. Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka, ensures that you can dine at The Three Broomsticks, drink Butterbeer, take a ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and buy your wand at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
8. Gringotts Wizarding Bank, London
The interior of Australia House, which is home to the Australian High Commission, was used as a location for Gringotts Bank. You may, or may not, find goblins, but you can get a visa, as well as explore the historical building, in Strand.
9. King’s Cross Station, London
Get yourself a trolley and head to platforms 4 and 5 at King’s Cross Station. There’s a sign that says ‘Platform 9 3/4′, so you’ll know which wall you have to run into. If you don’t think you’ll make it to the other side, you can visit the Harry Potter shop nearby.
10. The Leaky Cauldron, London
Used as the exterior for Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market is a covered market known for shopping and its ornate, painted roof. The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron wizard’s pub, in ‘Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire’, is actually an optician shop in Bull’s Head Passage.
11. The Great Hall, Oxford
Admire the 16th century stone staircase that Hogwart’s students climbed to get to the Great Hall, at Christ Church College. In fact, the Great Hall in the film, was also modelled after the Great Hall at Christ Church, so you can imagine yourself dining with the witches and the wizards.