Harry Potter film locations in London and Oxford

Visit Harry Potter film locations independently in London and Oxford or take a tour

Kings Cross Station London,  Harry Potter Shop, Platform 9 3/4
Harry Potter Shop: Kings Cross Station London, Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter™ films were the most successful film series of all time. Many of the scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot within London itself.

On this page we identify many of the Harry Potter film locations in London and Oxford, easily reached by train or bus from London.

You can visit these independently using public transport or by a Harry Potter walking tour, Harry Potter Black Cab Tour or Harry Potter bus tour that will save you a lot of time and give you great added insights.

Want to know more about Harry Potter locations in the London area? Check out our blog: Harry Potter attractions in and around London

We start here with probably the most famous of all - 'Platform 9 ¾' at Kings Cross Station. Grab your broomstick... let's fly...

harry potter wizard walk with royal walking tour london

Harry Potter film locations walking tour London


Harry Potter film locations walking tour London

Harry Potter film locations - 3-hr walking tour in London plus Poppie's Fish & Chips

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• Guided walking tour of Harry Potter film locations • Poppies Fish & Chips • Morning and afternoon departures • London in your pocket app access

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter Studio London
The Making of Harry Potter Studio in Watford

Of course, no Harry Potter fan would complete their list of Harry Potter attractions without a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, just one hour from London, in Watford.

We have a set of dedicated pages on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter which goes into detail about the attraction, what to expect and how to get there from London.

Warner Bros. Studio - what to expect

Warner Bros. Studio - how to get there by public transport

Harry Potter locations in central London

Harry Potter Walking Tour - Viator,  London
The best selling Muggles Walking Tour is thrilling

There are many Harry Potter filming locations in both London, used in the Harry Potter film series, as well as many that provided J.K. Rowling with inspiration for her best selling books. Below are listed some of the more popular/memorable.

You really need a good guide book to bring them alive describing their place in the respective Harry Potter films they featured.


Harry Potter tours in London

All the places below are relatively straightforward to visit independently using a good map or guidebook. However, if you would like to delve a little deeper into Harry Potter's world and learn some insider magical secrets from the books and the films, there are many popular Harry Potter walking and coach tours running nearly every day in London.

Guides are Harry Potter experts - so together in a group of fellow Potter enthusiasts you can discover the locations that made the wizarding world come to life through screen and on the page.

Harry Potter Muggles walking tour, London

Harry Potter bus tour, London

Harry Potter Black Cab Tour, London

Harry Potter film locations walking tour, London

Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station, London
Platform 9 3/4: Kings Cross Station London

Kings Cross Station is of course the departure point for students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, of which its most famous student, Harry Potter, attends. The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9 ¾.

See the trolley in the wall - in the main hall area

Within Kings Cross Station, the major train station in London for trains to Edinburgh and Scotland, a tourist attraction has been established, with a luggage trolley half embedded in the wall, where you can re-enact your own Harry Potter moment.

To save congestion with queues of people, this is now to be found in the main hall area of Kings Cross station - not between platforms 9 and 10 as you might think.

Professional photographs

Between the hours of 9am and 9pm you can pay to have a professional photographer and an assistant help you get the best possible photo, complete with Harry Potter scarf and/ or wand. You can still take your own photo here for free.

If you can only visit during peak periods and have money to spare, you may wish to consider purchasing VIP Photo Pass lanyard. This includes a platform 9 ¾ lanyard, your photograph and queue jump, all for £20. 

When to visit

However, if this is too commercial for you then it is best to visit outside these hours to avoid the queues. Note: the queues can start before 9am so you will need to be early for this.

Harry Potter gift shop

Nearby is the Harry Potter gift shop selling a multitude of Harry Potter related merchandise; from wands to robes, scarves, sweets, bags, mugs, books and much more. Store opening times are between 8am - 10pm every day except Sunday (9am - 9pm).

Where the actual filming took place

If you wish to visit the spot where the filming actually took place, you will need to go to platforms 4 and 5, as this was where there was a suitable place with a brick wall to film.

More about Kings Cross Station

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotel St Pancras London
Like Hogwarts: Renaissance Hotel St Pancras

St Pancras Station and Renaissance Hotel are located next door to Kings Cross Station. The magnificent Victorian (neo-Gothic style) St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was chosen for exterior shots as a stand in for Kings Cross station in the Harry Potter films.

In the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, it was here where the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia was parked in a corner of the courtyard; later shots show the car flying above the Hotel, passing the large clock tower of St Pancras. The clock is a modern replica of the original, sadly smashed in the 1970s, but like everything about St Pancras, born again new, and now much loved.

The hotel has its own interesting history; in recent times both the station and hotel were highly neglected and threatened with demolition. A major renovation project during the early part of the 21st Century saw both these buildings rise like a phoenix from the near flames, now a major hub and one of London’s most celebrated landmarks.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel is one of London's most luxurious hotels; reasonable rooms can be bought from £200 a night but three bedroomed apartments are around £10,000 a night.

St Pancras 4-star hotels

Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Road is known for its second-hand bookshops on the edge of theatre district and China Town in London.

In the books, the Leaky Cauldron pub and inn for wizards, which serves as a gateway between the non-wizarding world and Diagon Alley. You can find one of the film locations (there was more than one used) on Charing Cross Road - look for a small shabby-looking inn, sandwiched between a record store and a large book shop.

More about shopping in London including Charing Cross Road

Cecil Court

Cecil Court- Diagon Alley- Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles - Viator London
Cecil Court: Inspiration for Diagon Alley, Harry Potter

Cecil Court, just off Charing Cross Road, is a small pedestrian Victorian street, dating back to the 1600s. Cecil Court is one of J.K. Rowling's favourite streets in London and thought to be inspiration for Diagon Alley.

Cecil Court is famous for its bookshops - even selling first edition Harry Potter books! Many obscure and rare bookshops can be found here, including, naturally enough, books on witchcraft and magic.

Most Harry Potter walking tours will stop at Cecil Court. The Tour for Muggles (see picture) finishes here so you can spend the rest of your time browsing through the twenty of so antiquarian bookshops to your heart's delight.

London Zoo

London Zoo is the film location for the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). The scene is at the beginning of the film in the Reptile House where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) first discovers his gift for talking with snakes.

Here, he speaks the famous language of parseltongue, and magically the glass wall disappears; the boa constrictor in question is released.

More about London Zoo and book tickets here

Leadenhall Market

Harry Potter film location: Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is one of London's oldest and most magnificent Victorian covered markets in the City of London, near Liverpool Street Station and the Tower of London.

It was used for exterior shots of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. At Bull's Head Passage you can find an opticians that was used as the entrance to the wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron.

A self-guided walk round City of London including Leadenhall Market

Award winning Tour for Muggles including Leadenhall Market

Borough Market and Stoney Street

Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station, London
Borough Market

Borough Market, on the south bank of the river is one of London's oldest food markets, dating back to the 13th century. Borough Market was used as a film location in Harry Potter and the Prince of Azkaban, where the Knight Bus is shown speeding down the main street, stopping at the Leaky Cauldron, just down the road from Borough Market at Stoney Street.

The location of Leadenhall Market for the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron was moved after the first film to Stoney Street. At Stoney Street you can also see the shop next to the 'Leaky Cauldron', used as the set for The Third Hand Book Emporium.

London's vibrant markets including Borough Market

St Paul's Cathedral

The dome of St. Paul's was used as the backdrop in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in the scene when the Death Eaters attack the Millennium Bridge. In addition interior shots of the Geometric Stair were taken in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the staircase to Professor Trelawney's Divination Tower.

St Paul's Cathedral - home of the Whispering Gallery

Goodwin’s Court

Goodwin's Court- Knockturn Alley- Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles - Viator London
Goodwin's Court

Goodwin's Court is a gem of a place in London with much medieval character. Goodwin’s Court is a narrow alley running between St. Martin’s Lane and Bedfordbury, a busy area in the West End, just north of Trafalgar Square.

The narrow lane dates back to 1627, and features old tall houses with Georgian bowed windows, once a line of shops.

At night it really displays its past as it comes to life with three large original gas lamps.

Like many of the places in London, Goodwin's Court was visited by J.K. Rowling herself and provided her with the inspiration for the darker destination of Knockturn Alley in her books.

This is one of the places you will visit on the Tour for Muggles in London.

London's bridges

Tour guide -- Harry Potter Walking Tour for Muggles - Viator London
Millennium Bridge as seen in Harry Potter

In the opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the Millennium Bridge is shown swinging wildly before collapsing into the river.

There is a scene with a Harry and his friends in a broomstick chase in The Order of the Phoenix where Harry flies past London’s most iconic bridge, Tower Bridge.

Finally Lambeth Bridge (west of Tower Bridge) is featured in The Prisoner of Azkaban where the Knight Bus squeezes between two regular London buses whilst crossing the bridge.

Australia House, The Strand

Scenes for Gringotts Wizarding Bank (the only known bank of the wizarding world) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were filmed in the grand interior of Australia House on the Strand.

Harry Potter walking tour in Oxford

Oxford, Cambridge tour from London


Oxford, Cambridge tour from London

Harry Potter walking tour of Oxford with entry to Divinity School

Adult £39

• 1.5 hr family-friendly Harry Potter guided walking tour •  Includes entry to Divinity School at the Bodleian Library • Old Oxford colleges • Insider gossip on the movies • Learn about Oxford University

Harry Potter locations in Oxford

Oxford - home to several Harry Potter film locations
Oxford - home to several Harry Potter film locations

Oxford is another much used location for the Harry Potter films. Like London, nearly all the locations are attractions in themselves without the Harry Potter connections and there are other attractions very close by. Ideal to keep both parents and kids happy at the same time.

There are official Harry Potter walking tours that operate out of the tourist office - some of them are also free!

Oxford is very easy to travel to from London by bus or train or there are of course tours too.

Visiting Oxford - more details

Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Oxford in one day

Christ Church

Harry Potter filmed at Christ Church Oxford
Christ Church - inspiration for Hogwarts Great Hall

Perhaps the most visited college in Oxford. Also home to the Tudor Great Hall - inspiration for Hogwarts' own Great Hall dining room. From photographs of this hall a studio set was built with many similarities!

You can also view the grand stairway where Professor McGonagall meets Harry, Ron and Hermione and the others in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The Cloisters or hallways were used for the scene where Hermione shows Harry the Quidditch trophy his father had won.

Christ Church Oxford - more details

New College

Used as a location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you can visit the south cloisters walk where in the film young wizards wear 'Potter stinks' badges.

Also see the northwest corner of the cloisters grass quadrangle where under the great Holm Oak scenes of Mad-Eye Moody turning Malfoy into a ferret were filmed.

Bodleian Library

The Divinity School with its Gothic vaulted ceiling served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and where Professor McGonagall taught students to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The Duke Humphrey’s Library was Hogwarts library. Both are located at the Bodleian Library, where tours can be booked.

Oxford, Cambridge tour from London


Oxford, Cambridge tour from London

Harry Potter walking tour of Oxford with entry to Divinity School

Adult £39

• 1.5 hr family-friendly Harry Potter guided walking tour •  Includes entry to Divinity School at the Bodleian Library • Old Oxford colleges • Insider gossip on the movies • Learn about Oxford University

Harry Potter themed tours & activities in and around London


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