by Gill Chris
A little outside London in Leavesden (under an hour from central London by public transport) you can experience the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour; an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films.
But you can also discover some familiar Harry Potter film locations without leaving central London. There are several guided tours which will take you around either by foot and boat, or by bus and if you don’t enjoy guided tours it is still possible to see the locations independently.
At Kings Cross Station you can see platforms 4 and 5 which were used in the film and take a photo pushing a trolley through to a magical world at the wall marked Platform 9 ¾. Plus pay a visit to the Harry Potter shop which is built to resemble Ollivander’s Wand Shop.
St Pancras International Station was the film location where Harry boarded the Hogwarts Express and where Harry and Ron parked the Weasley’s Ford Anglia during The Chamber of Secrets.
There are several other locations in London which were used during the filming, including Leadenhall Market, The Reptile House at ZSL London Zoo, Tower Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Piccadilly Circus and Westminster Tube station, enough to satisfy the curiosity of the most hardened Harry Potter fans.
You can find out more about the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour here.
There are several companies operating Harry Potter tours in London which you can find out more about with a quick google search.
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