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Places in London Identifiable with Harry Potter

Most people who visit London are fascinated by its various attractions, shopping destinations, cultural centres, fine dining options and historic monuments and landmarks. However, there are many Harry Potter fans who would like to take exciting Harry Potter tours besides visiting the other attractions. London is the birthplace of Harry Potter’s popularity and is also the place where many stories are based and films have been shot. It is also the home of Harry Potter Studio. Different Harry Potter tours are available for visiting all these places.

Harry Potter Studio Tour: Along with Harry Potter, the studio is also very famous and you can avail of a tour to see it. This tour offers an insight into the different types of sets that were used in his films. Visitors can also get information regarding the various effects that were used for the films with the various props, costumes and creatures. These effects are well recreated and the studio organises extra shows and events on some specific days. Since the studio is very popular and attractive it gets fully booked well in advance. Moreover, since tickets are not sold at the studio, you would need to book ahead for taking a tour.

Besides the various studios where the Harry Potter films were shot, there are various locations in London that have also been used for shooting of the outdoor scenes of the Harry Potter films. Gloucester Cathedral had been used by J. K. Rowling as an inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you are visiting the Tower of London or the Barbican centre, you will find it convenient to reach some of the following locations to get a feel of where the Harry Potter films were shot. The main film locations in London used for this purpose are the following.

Leadenhall Market: The entrance to the “Leaky Cauldron” was filmed at a building on Bull’s Head Passage, EC3; a small alley off Gracechurch Street on the side of Leadenhall Market. It is quite close to The Monument. There is a viewing terrace near Tower Bridge from where you can see Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when the Order of the Phoenix was flying on broomsticks while escorting Harry Potter to Grimauld Place, all these attractions could be seen.

Harry Potter fans living in places other than London can visit all these places when they come to the city and they will find it convenient and comfortable to stay at Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington as it located close to most attractions.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel: The entrance to King’s Cross station in the film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, was filmed at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which was previously St Pancras Station. Moreover, Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia flying car was parked by Harry and Ron in front of the hotel before returning, when they could not enter Platform 9 ¾.

King’s Cross Station: Harry and Ron had to enter platform 9 ¾ to catch the train to Hogwarts in a Harry Potter movie, and for this they were required to run at a wall between platforms 9 and 10. However, there is no such wall but only a train line between the two platforms at King’s Cross Railway Station. For shooting of the film, platforms 4 and 5 were renumbered 9 and 10 and this is where the hidden access to platform 9 ¾ is located. Platform 9 ¾ had been created for Harry Potter films but it has been shifted around many times due to building works and station improvements.

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Ministry of Magic: The red telephone box, via which Harry and Mr Weasley had entered the Ministry of Magic in the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when they were on their way to Harry’s hearing on charges of using magic in front of Muggles, is not actually present but it is only a prop. Moreover, the archway over the street where filming was done on Great Scotland Yard, is also actually not there. The archway over the road was added in line with the first lamppost and it covered the doorway where the men are talking. The red telephone box was placed in front of that, just before the first window.

Westminster Tube Station: The Westminster Tube Station was used by Harry Potter and Mr Weasley in the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when they were on their way to Harry’s hearing at the Ministry of Magic. The station is also seen when Harry and the members of the Order of the Phoenix fly along the River Thames on their broomsticks.

Australia House: For filming of Gringott’s Wizarding bank, the shooting was done at the stunning marble interior of Australia House. As the building is not open to the public, you will only be able to peep through the door to see the beautiful interior and that too, if the Security Guards allow you.

Lambeth Bridge: In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, you can see the Knight Bus trying to squeeze between two London buses on Lambeth Bridge.

Grimmauld Place: The ancestral home of the Black family and the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix between 1996 and 1997, have been filmed at Grimmauld Place which is most likely at Claremont Square, N1, at a short walk from King’s Cross Station. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Lincoln’s Inn Field was used as the street outside no. 12 Grimmauld Place.

Reptile House at London Zoo: A scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (UK)/Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone (US) was shot at the Reptile House at London Zoo during September and November 2001. A Burmese Python is shown to be talking to Daniel Radcliffe who is playing the role of Harry Potter for the first time.

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