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July 25, 2014

Real World Harry Potter Locations

Posted by Shara

What do you do if your Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail and you can’t take the Hogwarts Express to everyone’s favorite school of witchcraft and wizardry? You visit the real world locations from the book! From film sites to amusement parks, here are some of the best real world locations for Harry Potter Fans.


1. The London Zoo: Harry and the Dursleys visit the Reptile House where Harry first learns he can talk to snakes and do magic. Go to the London Zoo and try and make friends with a boa constrictor. Who knows --- maybe you’re a parseltongue too!

2. Kings Cross Station: So many Harry Potter fans visit Kings Cross, they had to build a real Platform 9 ¾ with a sign and everything! Put your luggage on the cart and pretend you're off to another year at Hogwarts.

3. The Millenium Bridge: Fans of the sixth movie saw this bridge attacked and destroyed by death eaters, but today it’s just a regular footbridge. No need to be worried when you walk across.

4. Oxford University: Tons of Hogwarts scenes were filmed in an actual school! If you take a trip to Oxford  you’ll find the Hogwarts library, infirmary and dining hall.

5. Jacobite Steam Train: Ever wanted to ride the Hogwarts Express? The closest we muggles can come is taking this train trip through Scotland. Scenes were filmed all across this historic railway, and if you close your eyes, it actually feels like you’re in a compartment with Ron, Hermione and the gang.

6. The Harry Potter Studio Tour: With this Warner Brothers tour, you can see the external sets for many of the Harry Potter movie scenes that were filmed in London (and enjoy a frothy mug of butterbeer).

7.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: If you can’t get yourself all the way to London, Universal Studios is the next best option if you want to see Hogwarts in person. With incredibly detailed rides, shops and food --- including giant mugs of butterbeer --- it really feels like you’ve stepped into Hogsmeade (and starting this July, Diagon Alley!)