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Harry Potter Attractions In London

Main Harry Potter Locations In London and Oxford And How To Visit Them

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 At Kings Cross Station London

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 At Kings Cross Station London

Harry Potter™ films were the most successful film series of all time. Many of the scenes were shot within London itself. Many more are in locations within the scope of a day's trip from London. This page attempts to highlight the locations of these filming locations and how you can access them from London.

On the edge of London is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

The studio tour was opened in 2012 and has been an instant success proving very popular with both fans and those with limited exposure to Harry Potter.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - What To Expect, How To Get There

The studios are just outside London, the nearest major town being Watford. Warner Bros has used the studio facilities just outside Watford since 2000 and has produced all eight Harry Potter films at the site.

The tour itself is a walking tour that on average takes around 3 to 3.5 hours. The Making of Harry Potter is not a theme park and as such will not feature rides, or experiences of this nature. The attraction will give visitors the first ever chance to go behind the scenes of the actual sets of the Harry Potter film series.

Only a small part of the Studio Tour is guided so you can take the tour at your own pace. Some parts of the tour are interactive and can be touched, some sections can be viewed and not touched.

The taking of photographs and video footage with handheld cameras and mobile devices is allowed in all areas of the Studio Tour, apart from within the pre-show cinema and green screen areas. Filming with the use of flashes, tripods and other specialist photographic equipment is not permitted.

The studio tour is on the edge of London and it is possible to visit independently. You can take a train from London to Watford Junction from where a special shuttle bus runs to the studio attraction. Watford Junction can be reached using London's public transport passes, Oyster or Travelcard, although it has a special travel zone that is comparatively expensive.

The simplest option avoiding all the hassle of using connecting trains and buses is to use the tour's dedicated shuttle bus services that depart from Central London direct to the studios with shuttle and admission tickets bundled into one package. (See table at foot of this page.)

Harry Potter Locations In Central London

Thee are many Harry Potter filming locations in London. Below are listed some of the more popular/memorable. You really need a good guide to bring them alive describing their place in the respective Harry Potter films they featured.

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 At Kings Cross Station

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 3/4.

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 At Kings Cross Station

Within Kings Cross Station, the major train station in London for trains to Edinburgh and Scotland, Platform 9 3/4 has been turned into a commercial attraction, with queues of people waiting to get their picture taken and visit the Harry Potter gift shop next to Platform 9 3/4.

Now there is a professional photographer and an assistant to help you get the best possible photo, complete with Harry Potter scarf.

To complete the picture is a Harry Potter gift shop with all things Harry Potter you could ever think off.

If this is too commercial for you then visit in the evening or early morning when the attraction is not open and you can have free access and take your pictures free of charge.

Next door to King's Cross Station is St Pancras Station. Outside you'll see the Neo-Gothic facade of St Pancras where the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Reptile House, London Zoo

London Zoo's Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Road is known for its second-hand bookshops on the edge of theatre district and China Town in London. The Leaky Cauldron pub and inn for wizards, which serves as a gateway between the non-wizarding world and Diagon Alley is located on Muggle street of Charing Cross Road.

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market in the City of London near Liverpool Street Station and the Tower of London and was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The entrance to wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron, is an optician in Bull's Head Passage in Leadenhall Market.

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 Locations In Oxford

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 official Harry Potter walking tours that operate out of the tourist office.

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

Visiting Oxford - More Details

Christ Church Oxford

Christ Church Oxford

Christ Church

Perhaps the most visited college in Oxford. You'll be able to see the fan-traceried vaulted ceiling in the tower housing the staircase and landing used in two Harry Potter films; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Bodleian Library

The Divinity School served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and where Professor McGonnagal tought students to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Duke Humfrey's Library was Hogwarts library. Both are located at the Bodleian Library, where tours can be booked.

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.

Harry Potter Themed Tours & Activities In And Around London

With To Detail Pages

Tours From London Including Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + Central London Shuttle Bus

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + Central London Coach Transfer

Warner Bros. Studio Tour + Oxford

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Shuttle From Central London (Transport Only)

Harry Potter Tours Within London

Harry Potter Walking Tour Of London Including River Boat Ride

Harry Potter Private London Black Tour Of London

Harry Potter Locations Within London & Oxford Including Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter Locations

Harry Potter Studio Tour In London Plus Oxford Harry Potter Visit
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