Top Travel Destination for Die-Hard Harry Potter Fans

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Published on: August 27, 2016

If there is a place to be for “potterheads”, it would be London. “Potterheads by the way is a term used to describe Harry Potter fans. Why London? London is not only home to the royal family but also an inspiration to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series and movie franchise from The Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows.


After the release of the last book, fans believe that the magic is still around. They are not wrong because it continues with the play Harry Potter and Cursed Child. It does not end there because another trilogy is in place based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Fans looked for ways to preserve the legacy of their beloved wizard from merchandises to tattoos and traveling to London.

Here are top travel destinations in London for die-hard Harry Potter fans:

The Leaky Cauldron

In the beginning, Harry was surprised to see Hagrid and even more surprised that he revealed he is a wizard. After telling Harry his roots, the giant took Harry to a place for school supplies shopping as stipulated on his Hogwarts Acceptance letter. The duo went inside an inn and pub called The Leaky Cauldron.

In real life, The Leaky Cauldron is at Leadenhall Market – a stunning Victorian-themed market swarming with specialty shops and lively bars. This is for the filming of The Sorcerer’s Stone but it was moved to Borough Market when The Prisoner of Azkaban was filmed.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Harry’s parents left him significant treasure and it was stored in Gringotts Wizarding Bank guarded by goblins. Goblins are clever creatures and are distrustful of wizards. In the books, the bank is along Diagon Alley but in real life, it was filed at Australia House.


Platform 9 ¾ , King’s Cross Station

Harry was instructed to go to Platform 9 ¾ Kings Cross Station to board a train to Hogwarts. He was trying to find the platform. This is where Harry met Ron, his best friend and Ginny, the girl he will eventually marry. The real life platform is at King’s Cross Station and in fact, they made the platform and installed a luggage trolley halfway through its wall. This is a tribute to the movie. You can actually take a picture.

There are many “potterheads” here in Singapore and somehow that is not surprising. London should be your next target. It is time to fly there (the muggle way) and see Harry Potter’s world in the eyes of J.K. Rowling.


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