London Week: Harry Potter

Did you happen to catch the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on ABC Family last night? Here’s a copy if you didn’t since it’s the inspiration for today’s post:

Harry Potter fans might feel a special affinity towards London. It’s no wonder, the city is filled with great places mentioned in Harry Potter. While we created a full Harry Potter Trip Itinerary for Wizarding Week, this post is just about all the great Potter places in London. Spoiler Warning: This post assumes you have watched all 7 of the current movies.

Australia House

Australia House

While this building is generally closed to the public, Australia House once opened its doors to allow shooting inside during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You may remember shots from its interior during Harry’s first visit with Hagrid to Gringott’s Bank. Some of the key details you might remember are its long hallway and shining crystal chandeliers inside.

King’s Cross Station

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Possibly the most famous London location, King’s Cross Station plays an integral role in two Harry Potter movies. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it’s where Harry first meets the Weasley family and learns how to cross onto Platform 9 3/4. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ron and Harry find themselves unable to cross the barrier to the wizarding world with disastrous results. Since the success of the books and movies, the station has added a Platform 9 3/4  photo spot with a trolley heading into the wall. You’ll find the spot located between platforms 4 and 5, as JK Rowling had remembered the station incorrectly and the producers made due with the location presented to them.

Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge to St. Paul's

Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian bridge over the River Thames. River Thames was first visible in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when members of Dumbledore’s Army flew to the Ministry of Magic. The Millennium Bridge was featured in the opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when Death Eaters attacked muggles on the bridge. This is the bridge that was bent and snapped causing countless muggle deaths. Thankfully, the real bridge is still standing and no muggles have been harmed.

Piccadilly Circus

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During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the group finds themselves fleeing from Death Eaters and nearly being smashed by a bus during their disapparation. While the book originally specifies the trio ends up at Tottenham Court Road, the scene was actually shot at Piccadilly Circus.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Pauls Staircase

St. Paul’s Cathedral was first seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. During Divination classes with Professor Trelawney, students were expected to climb to a high Hogwarts tower to attend classes. In the movie, the staircase scenes heading to Divination were shot along the Geometric Staircase here.

Westminster Station

Photo Credit: Transport for London, Warner Brothers

Many of the scenes shot in London involve rail stations in some way. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry is escorted by Arthur Weasley to the Ministry of Magic for his disciplinary hearing before the Wizengamot. They stop in a tube station on their journey where Arthur is unsure of how to pay and Westminster Station is that same tube station you see in the movie.

ZSL London Zoo

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The London Zoo features a scene that foreshadows much of the darkness of the future movies. For a sneak peak at the shooting location, head to the Reptile House here and look for the black mamba enclosure. This is the site of where Harry’s cousin Dudley falls into the snake enclosure and Harry first speaks Parseltongue. While Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone used a Burmese Python for the scene, this is actually the home of the black mamba.

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