Harry Potter mania has moved from the literary world into the travel world. Muggles are seeking out the more magical side of London, and we are here to help.True Potterphiles will want to make sure the visit the following places-
Used as the outside Hogwarts scenes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone in the Quidditch and flying scenes, Alnwick Castle
is a must-see. This 11th century castle's medieval foreboding structure has been used in several movies. The castle provides many activities for tourists, including a restaurant and brass rubbings, and not just snapshots from the yard.Kings Cross Station
is a major transportation hub for London for muggles and wizards alike. To keep too many muggles from running head first into brick walls, the station has kindly posted a sign indicating Platform 9 3/4.
No Harry Potter trip would be complete with a ride on the Hogwarts Express. The picturesque Glenfinnan Viaduct
was used for several scenes with the train. The surrounding area remains a prime stop for walking tours through the Scottish highlands. The Jacobite Steam Train takes muggles for a scenic trip on the train that was featured in the Harry Potter films.
A trip to Oxford will be required to see the Great Hall and the library seen in the films. Christ Church College, Oxford's largest college, which was used to stage a number of Hogwarts interior scenes and whose Great Hall was used for the feasts.The beautiful and famous Bodleian Library is where Harry creeps at night under his invisible cloak. And the Duke Humphrey's Library was also used as the Hogwarts Library and the Divinity School became the Hospital wing.And no trip would be complete without a visit to Charing Cross Road which served as Diagon Alley where all good wizards do their shopping.With airfares so cheap to England, you won't need to wait for your broom flying permit to visit Harry Potter's London. What are you waiting for? Pack your trunks and practice your locomotor charms. It's time to visit London!