Travel in the footsteps of…
Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and the Platform 9 ¾ have no secrets for you? You know every nook and cranny of Gryffindor’s corridors, every botanicals book of Professor Shurave and every star that shines in the sky from the ceiling of the common room? But have you ever been to the magical World of Harry Potter? Today The Travel Quest takes you aboard Hogwarts Express to England, with a little detour to Scotland, to travel in the footsteps of the surviving child, Harry Potter.
Do you solemnly swear that you’re up to no good ?
So let’s do it !
First stop, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, the city that saw the little wizard born on J.K. Rowling’s paper, and from which the writer was inspired to write the first volume of the saga. To soak up the atmosphere of the city, we recommend a short tour of Edinburgh’s old town, especially Victoria Street. According to legend has, this street inspired the famous Diagon Alley.
After your walk, stop for coffee at The Elephant House where J.K. Rowling would have written Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
You can then go for a walk at Greyfriars Cemetery. Not very joyful? Don’t get wrong, J.K. Rowling would have been inspired by the tombstones for her characters’ names! If you are looking hard, you may even find names of the Potter family, Sirius Black, or Thomas Riddle.
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Scotland… Its cliffs, its lakes, its stretches of green grass where a magical atmosphere floats. By wandering throught it, it’s easy to understand why a large number of Scottish landscapes have been integrated into the Harry Potter movies. So we decided to share some spots that you can recognize:
The glenfinnan viaduct
Or the mythical bridge on which Hogwarts Express runs, which will take Harry and his friends to the World’s greatest magic school every year. Today, the only train that runs on these rails is the Jacobite Steam Train, a steam train that is put back into service every year from April to October, especially for Harry Potter fans. It is up to you to choose whether you want to board or simply admire it from the mountain.
The Glen Cloe Valley
In addition to being Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Cloe is also the valley where you can find Hagrid’s house in Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban. It’s located in the Lochaber Geopark, in the Highland Mountains.
When Harry, Ron and Hermione are looking for Horcruxes, in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1, they have to spend a few days of wilderness camping in the wild, do you remember? Well, do you know that they hung out on the Loch Etive side, which is in the same area as Glen Cloe ?
And if you have time, and you are not afraid of trekking, we advise to put your hiking boots on and climb Ben Nevis, or the highest peak in Great Britain. At the top you will discover a beautiful view of the Glen Nevis, which is the valley where the quidditch games of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire were filmed.
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Let’s go back to civilization, shall we? Heading to Oxford for a small Harry Potter Tour. You can then take a bus tour of all the hidden film spots in the city with extra informations and filming anecdotes.
From the Bodleian Library and its Divinity Room, in other words, the Hogwarts Infirmary… To Christ Church College, whose refectory inspired the school’s common room!
A great way to discover the city from a new angle that will delight all Harry Potter lovers.
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Chirst Church College
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Chirst Church College
We saved the best for last ! As everyone knows, Harry’s real home is none other than London! We no longer even count the filming locations that are hidden in this city. But we still made you a Top 4, places that every self-respecting Harry Potter fan should visit!
The London Zoo
Let’s go back to young Harry’s period and visit the House of Reptiles where Harry released a snake from its cage and locked his cousin, Duddley, instead! A classic scene and a place that worth a visit..
Hidden in the City is a covered street called Leadenhall Market that vaguely tells us something… Its colorful arcades, its Victorian style and that tiny nuance of magic that floats in the air, it doesn’t take long to recognize the famous Diagon Alley. Indeed Leadenhall Market inspired J.K Rowling in her description of the famous street and even served as a film location. If you pay attention, you will see an optical store with a blue front. Nothing incredible so far, but it’s the frontage of The Leaky Claudron, seen in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, which hides an entrance to Diagon Alley !
King’s Cross Station
On Euston Road, you can cross paths with the famous King’s Cross station, the station hiding the most magical and famous track of all time: track 9 ¾. Here is a tip : if your love for Harry guides you to this place, you whould walk towards platforms 9 and 11 and you will come across a shopping cart half embedded in the wall! A great souvenir photo to take home… Then you can shop in the Harry Potter store a few meters away.
Warner Bros Studios
No more wandering the streets looking for film locations, let’s go to the Warner Bros Studio Tour Harry Potter. You will be able to discover the scenery of the saga but also the costumes, props and all the shooting secrets. From the Great Hall of the Castle to the room under the stairs and the encounter of the Sorting Hat, discover the magical world of Harry Potter in a way you have never seen before.
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You now know enough to travel in Harry Potter’s footsteps !
You can start booking your next holiday ! 😉
In the meantime, we’ll be back soon with another article “Travel in the footsteps…”.
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