Whether you’re a long-standing Potterhead or have only recently stumbled across JK Rowling’s fantasy world through the brilliant books and films, there are so many ways you can continue to feel the magic in real life.
You could take a walking tour of London to spot those familiar Harry Potter locations, head to the theatre to be charmed by ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ show on stage, decide to immerse yourself in a local Hogwarts-themed attraction (like attempting to run into a wall at Kings Cross) or fly a broom at the Harry Potter studio tour just outside of London. Take a look at our top picks for how you can transform yourself from muggle to wizard in just one magical day out in London.
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Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
The best way to experience Harry Potter's world, this tour allows visitors to explore the incredible film sets in the original Harry Potter studios in Watford (a 30-minute train journey from London). You'll find yourself in Hogwarts' Great Hall, Dumbledore's study, Privet Drive, Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley among other locations, each teeming with intricate details. Plus you can pose alongside the Hogwarts Express, learn all about the special effects and see all the costumes and props used in the films. Booking is essential.
Harry Potter Walking Tour of London
A walking tour and river adventure taking in familiar Harry Potter locations and a plethora of London landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, London Eye, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough and Leadenhall Markets and Monument. The tour also includes a 15-minute boat ride along the Thames following the route taken in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'.
Harry Potter Bus Tour of London Locations
Hop on board a luxury minibus for a whistlestop tour of location sites for all eight Harry Potter films, along the way learning about magic and how the films were made. There will be a chance to get off the bus and take pictures, as well as buy Harry Potter merchandise at the end of the tour. The tour begins at Temple tube station (outside Temple Bar Restaurant next to the station exit) and ends at Kings Cross station.