J.K. Rowling probably couldn’t have imagined how successful the Harry Potter series would be, and even though the series has ended, many people are still totally obsessed with Harry Potter. If you’re a true Harry Potter fan (like me :D), you absolutely have to check out these Harry Potter destinations so you can tap your inner wizard. Here at Think Free, we have compiled all the destinations below.
1. Alnwick Castle, England
Built in the 11th century, the castle grounds are where Harry and his friends first learned to fly their broomsticks in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This castle is also the place where Harry learned the rules of Quidditch.
2. The Elephant House, Scotland.
The place where Harry Potter was born. J.K. Rowling was a regular customer at the cafe, using the back room as a quiet space to pen the Harry Potter books.
Grab a coffee and a good book so you can enjoy the coffeehouse J.K. Rowling spent countless hours creating one of the most popular books and movie series in the world.
Make sure you bring a marker with you so you can add to the heartfelt messages on the bathroom wall.
3. Leadenhall Market, London.
London’s most beautiful was the location of some of the Diagon Alley scenes. Leadenhall Market also houses the shop used as the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron from the fourth movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
4. The Jacobite, Scotland
Book your ticket on the Hogwarts Express! This train runs from Fort William to Mallaig, and will take you across the “bridge to Hogwarts“. The Hogwarts Express route is open from March to October in 2018, and you can get your ticket starting at only £30.00. ( I would recommend this).
5. Black Park, England
The filming location for several different scenes throughout the series, you may recognize it has Hagrid’s hut during the first two films, the Forbidden Forest, or where Hagrid showed Harry the dragons in Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire.
6. Czocha Castle, Poland.
The College of Wizardry uses this medieval castle to make your dream of becoming a witch or wizard come true. Here you’ll be a part of a huge four-day/three-night live-action role-playing experience. You’ll attend magical arts classes and live in one of the “Houses of Czocha Castle”. All your accommodation and food will be provided for you. People from all over the world will be joining you, a total of “140” people (as we call wizards and witches) will be joining you. This a wizarding experience you won’t forget ever!
7. Georgian House Hotel, London.
Want to spend a night at Hogwarts? Book a stay at Georgian House Hotel. They offer Harry Potter-themed rooms decorated with the spell books, potions, cauldrons, trunks, and faux casatle details such as stained glass windows and stone walls. To make sure you get the full experience, the hotel offers walking tour of London that was featured in Harry Potter!
8. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Travel back to your childhood experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Explore Hogsmeade and Hogwarts, and even take a ride on Hogwarts Express. With one in Los Angeles, one in Florida and one in Japan, you have three opportunities enjoy roller coasters, shops, and restaurants that bring the world of Harry Potter to life 🙂 This sounds really good!
9. Kings Cross, London.
All real Harry Potter have wondered about finding the magical platform to get to Hogwarts. At Kings Cross, not only will you find Platform 9¾, but you’ll also find a shop where you can gear up with all the Potter stuff. Also, don’t forget to get your picture taken with the famous luggage trolley before you head out on your magical journey!
10. Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Do you remember when Harry Potter went into Hogwarts library undetected due to its invisibility cloak? Well, the Duke Humfrey’s Library, the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library, was where all that magic was filmed. To see this part of the Library you’ll need to book a private tour unless you have an invisible cloak.
That’s not all we have 10 additional places we think you all will like to go to.
1. Christ Chruch. Oxford.
2. Harrow School, London.
3. Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
4. Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London.
5. Goathland Station, England.
6. Lacock Abbey, England.
7. Glencoe, Scotland
8. Piccadilly Circus, London
9. Steall Falls, Scotland.
10. 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey.
That is all from us. I hope you all Potter fans enjoyed it. Let us know what we have missed.