With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this week, you might be yearning to add a little more magic to your next trip. I would love to go stay at the Burrow myself, but since that’s not possible (yet – I would love to see someone open a Weasley hostel) let’s explore some other ways to get your Harry Potter travel fix.
You could book a Harry Potter tour around London and let someone else do the driving. Or, if you’d rather search out the places that have known magic yourself, put together your own Potteresque itinerary:
- Visit London’s Kings Cross Station and get a picture of Platform 9 3/4. Yes, there’s a sign there for you. Also stop by Platform 4, where the filming was actually done.
- The London Zoo is where we first see Harry talking to snakes. Please don’t try to let any of them out.
- Walk through Leadenhall Market in London, which stood in for Diagon Alley. Ollivander won’t be there, but maybe you can buy a cloak.
- The Millennium Bridge is torn apart by Death Eaters in the new film, but is perfectly sturdy in real life, so you can walk across it. (Check out this article about the special effects.)
- Rick Steves has a list of other filming locations throughout England and Scotland.
Finally, the Harry Potter Theme Park in Florida is scheduled to open next year, so you can start thinking about a trip to Orlando.