The English take their queen, tea and Harry Potter very seriously. Don’t believe me? Go anywhere in London and ask people if they love the ‘boy who lived’. You will always find people who will excitedly narrate the entirety of the series’ plot to you and show you around places where the movies were filmed.
I am a fan of Potter books and movies too. I try to recreate the same magic of the wizarding world by playing fantasy themed Red Tiger Slots online. It is one of the most refreshingly magical experiences of my life. The good news is that this online magic often converts to real money which makes me believe in the wizarding world even more.
Moving away from my own magic fantasies, let me introduce you to the wizarding world and the real-life muggle areas that were presented in the movies.
King’s Cross Station
This is the place where platform 9 ¾ takes young wizards to the train that leads to Hogwarts. Though you won’t find it because there is no such platform. However, if you want to see the exact film location, go to the arched wall between platforms 4 and 5. Make sure you don’t try to bump into the wall with a trolley.
In the Reptile House of the London Zoo, Harry discovers for the first time that he has magical powers. After getting sick and tired of his cousin’s behavior, he places him inside a box with a large snake, creating panic in the premises. This is also the first time he feels that he can connect with serpents and understand their language.
The Leaky Cauldron
This place is iconic because it introduces us to the wizarding world in its full grandeur. You can see the Diagon Alley for wizards which was shot in the Leadenhall Market in London. Move to the Bull’s Head Passage, where you will find the real Leaky Cauldron pub, which in reality, is an optician.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank
It looked like a place you shouldn’t go to, even if you had millions of pounds worth of gold coins. While they aren’t exactly friendly folks, they are good at keeping your money safe, except for that one time in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when the bank was robbed. You will find this place situated inside the marvelous Australia House. Although you can’t go inside, you can still get a good look at the space from outside.
These were my favorite locations. Which one is yours?