phone mail2 facebook twitter play
A Guide to Harry Potter in London
A Guide to Harry Potter in London

A Guide to Harry Potter in London

13 December 2016 Bethany Duck  | Entertainment

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your ordinary life as a muggle, a resurgence of Pottermania has come to London. With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the ever-growing popularity of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the city seems more magical than ever and, although Newt’s story takes place across the sea and Albus Potter’s several years in the future, there’s plenty of the wizarding world to be found in London right now…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Admittedly experiencing this now might be a bit difficult, since it’s officially sold out until January 2018 with late-release premium tickets setting you back £199, but if you can grab yourself a last minute ticket or win the weekly ‘Friday Forty’ lottery then there’s no better way to dive into Harry’s world. Billed as the eighth story, twenty years later, the play brings back some of the best known characters in modern literary canon and takes you on their latest adventure – and the stage magic will have you convinced that maybe wizards are real…


Image credit: Counse on Flickr

The House of MinaLima
Responsible for a large amount of the graphic art (think posters, books, letters) in both the Harry Potter films and in Fantastic Beasts the House of MinaLima offers a glimpse of the wizarding world as seen on the screen. With both an exhibition of some of the original props, and a shop where you can own your own Hogwarts acceptance letter (no more waiting for that delayed owl!), this is a free, unticketed experience that’s just round the corner from Cursed Child’s home at the Palace Theatre, and every bit as magical.
 
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour
A little further afield lies the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, but you can get a coach (sadly not Knight Bus themed) straight there from Central London or take a train from Kings Cross. The self-guided tour takes you through sets like the Great Hall or Platform 9 ¾, and is full of props, costumes and information on how the films were made. You can even fly a broomstick and perfect your spell casting with green screen technology, or try a Butterbeer. The winter season sees the tour don a festive overlay so if you want to see the Great Hall decorated for Christmas or the castle model in the snow then it’s definitely not an experience to be missed.


Image credit: DH on Flickr

Sights from the films
One of the great things about the Potter films being set in England is that many of the locations are right here in London. A trip to Kings Cross station gives you the opportunity to have your photo taken with a trolley halfway through the wall to Platform 9 3/4, a walk across Millennium Bridge will be haunted with the memories of its destruction by Deatheaters, even Piccadilly Circus was the site of the escape Harry, Ron and Hermione made when the Burrow was attacked. You can explore these locations yourself or take a walking tour such as Tour for Muggles if you want more information on the filming of the movies as you go, but either way no location will feel the same after you realise its magical connection.

Tell us what you think

You may also like

This Week 16-22 January

This Week 16-22 January

The weather is feeling pretty biting at the moment, but luckily this week there are plenty of events to warm you up and keep you...

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

This latest exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is a particularly special one, as it focuses on the life of a former member of...

Top 5 Jazz Venues

Top 5 Jazz Venues

On these cold winter nights, there’s really nothing better than relaxing in a cosy basement club with cocktails, listening to world-class musicians do their...

Exhibitions to Look Forward to in 2017

Exhibitions to Look Forward to in 2017

In the midst of a stressful life, losing yourself in an exhibition can be the ultimate form of escapism. As always, London’s cultural institutions...

A Guide to David Bowie’s London

A Guide to David Bowie’s London

A year ago today, we lost David Bowie, one of the most iconic and celebrated music artists in the world. Known for his constant innovation...

Making Nature at The Wellcome Collection

Making Nature at The Wellcome Collection

The distant sound of a parrot squawking, models of disembodied horses’ mouths, a taxidermy badger lying on the floor. Making Nature takes us straight into...

Top 5: London Winter Walks

Top 5: London Winter Walks

We know you may want to burrow under your duvet and hibernate for the period between January and March, but with so much wintery beauty...

A Guide to Free and Low-Cost Yoga in London

A Guide to Free and Low-Cost Yoga in London

New year’s resolutions - easy to make and equally easy to break. If your resolution is to do more exercise and be more mindful...

The Doppel Gang – An Interview With Dominic Hedges

The Doppel Gang – An Interview With Dominic Hedges

It’s the 1940s and The Blitz is tearing through London. In a small failing theatre, a group of performers devise a plan to gain...

Drinking Gems to Beat Dry January

Drinking Gems to Beat Dry January

How have we reached the end of another year? After what sometimes feels like months of build-up you’ll soon be saying goodbye to the...

More inspiration...

This Week 16-22 January

This Week 16-22 January

From elaborate light festivals through to groundbreaking exhibitions and free comedy, we explore the greatest events coming to the capital.
A Day in the Life of a Poetry Translator

A Day in the Life of a Poetry Translator

We speak to Claire Pollard to find out more about the process of translating the sentiments and expressions of the world's poetry for English-speaking audiences.
Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

This latest exhibition seeks to honour the life of John Lockwood Kipling, a champion of Indian craftsmanship.
RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing

RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing

We take a look at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing at The Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Top 5 Jazz Venues

Top 5 Jazz Venues

We’ve rounded up five excellent jazz hubs that are bringing New Orleans vibes to Central London and beyond.

Your inbox deserves a little culture!