In the summer of 1997, J.K.Rowling released the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , which gained popularity pretty fast. It wasn’t until much later – in early 2000s- that I actually got to read the book , as well as most from the series. The dark tone – specifically Rowling’s obsession with death -, which was criticized by many, hadn’t appealed too much to me either, so I abandoned the books.
However, having seen most of the movies and played some of the games, the world in which Harry Potter’s character lives his life – and does his magic – has definitely appealed to me.
If you have seen the movies, you probably noticed that some places featured in them are pretty real; and they are in London. Yes, that same London which I’ve been in love with for years and I have visited back in 2011.
The most important places in London where the movies were filmed are:
King’s Cross Station – remember Platform 9 1/2 and the trolley which vanished into the magical realm via a wall ?
St. Pancras International – right next door to King’s Cross, this is where Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia takes off (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Piccadilly Circus – Harry, Hermione and Ron rush through London’s West End (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Millennium Bridge – the bridge collapses at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Leadenhall Market – was used as Diagonal Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Westminster Tube Station – very much used in Harry’s travelings in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Lambeth Bridge – the Knight Bus squeezes between two oncoming double-decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Charing Cross Road – in London’s West End, you’ll find both Diagonal Alley and The Leaky Cauldron pub. Stop for a pint , maybe you get to meet some wizards.
But if Orlando is easier for you to reach, then the Wizarding world of Harry Potter is the place to check out if you are a fan of the series (books and movies). The theme park features: Diagonal Alley, Knockturn Alley, King’s Cross and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.