IT'S ALL THERE IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK
Muggles, witches and wizards, prepare to enjoy a truly magical tour around the Harry Potter film locations dotted across London.
Beginning in Trafalgar Square, famously destroyed by the Death Eaters during their attack on London in the opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the Harry Potter film locations walk then heads into the very heart of Governmental London to look for the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.
Straight away your guide waves his wand and conjures up two brilliant locations.
The Entrance to the Ministry of Magic
The first is the junction where the telephone box was situated, via which Harry and Mr Weasley – en route to Harry’s hearing on charges of using magic in front of muggles in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – descend into the Ministry of Magic.
But, by way of an added bonus, it was on this same corner that Harry, Hermione and Ron use a stunning spell on three Ministry employees in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.
We then follow in the footsteps of the intrepid three to the location where in Deathly Hallows Part One they get into the Ministry via the staff entrance, which involves the rather novel method of transport of flushing themselves down the toilet!
Harry, Hermione and Ron Apparate
The Harry Potter London walk then apparates to Shaftesbury Avenue to land at the location at which, by a strange coincidence, in Deathly Hallows Part One, Harry, Ron and Hermione apparate to after the Death Eaters launch their attack on the wedding celebrations of Bill and Fleur.
The Original Diagon Alley
We follow in Harry, Hermione and Ron’s footsteps along Shaftesbury Avenue and make our way to the wonderful Cecil Court, which many believe was the real life inspiration for Diagon Alley.
By Bus to Gringott’s Bank
Having taken in the eclectic mix of shops that line the court, the Harry Potter tour of London then heads through an even more secret court to board out very own Knight Bus (well a Number 15 Routemaster to be precise) which will whisk us along Strand to the building whose interior was used as that of Gringott’s Bank.
Re-boarding another 15 bus we are driven in stylish comfort through the City of London to enjoy some stunning views of such notable City landmarks as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Monument to the Great Fire of London (1666).
Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron
Disembarking the bus, the Harry Potter Walk twists its way through a sequence of ancient streets to arrive at the original entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
You are then in for a real treat as you take a stroll through the heart of Victorian London’s most beautiful market, which dates from 1881, and which was where the Diagon Alley scenes were shot in the first two Harry Potter films.
A Christmas Carol
Via two stone demons that spit a curse down upon one of the City’s most ancient buildings (they’re up there and you’ll see them!) the tour snakes its way through yet more truly historic alleyways that are still much as they were in 1843 when Charles Dickens used them as the location for Scrooge’s counting house in the opening pages of A Christmas Carol.
St Pancras Station and the Chamber of Secrets
They will lead us to the entrance to Bank Underground Station from which we will take the Northern Line to King’s Cross Station. Here we will stand outside the, recently restored, exterior of St Pancras Station, which was used as the exterior for King’s Cross in the films and over which, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry and Ron fly in the Ford Anglia when Harry is unable to walk through the wall on to Platform nine and three quarters.
OMG It’s Platform Nine and Three Quarters
Mention of which brings us to our grand finale, the piece de resistance of this magical tour. Yep. you’ve guessed it, Platform nine and three quarters itself in all its bedazzling, spellbinding glory. Here you will be able to take as many photographs as you wish pushing the trolley that is embedded in the wall as though some wizard has been frozen by a cunning spell as he, or she, heads through the wall to the Hogwarts Express.
So, if you want to enjoy a magical journey exploring the many and varied locations where the Harry Potter films have been shot, or which provided inspiration for the books, then join us for a memorable and enjoyable Harry Potter Tour through the historical and enchanting streets of London.