10 Magical Places Every Harry Potter Fan Needs To Visit In London
Love Harry Potter? These are the real life book and movie location and official experiences you need to try and visit before you do. Read in full at MTV.co.uk
If you know your butterbeer from your bat-bogey hexes and could spot a crumple-horned snorcack from 50 feet away, we're guessing you're more than a little invested in the world of Harry Potter. But while we can't guarantee you a letter to Hogwarts just yet, we can do the next best thing and let you in on a few secret places you can visit to help you get a step closer to the dream.
From the real life locations used in the books and movies to official experiences from the magical world created by JK Rowling, hereare 10 places in London that every Potterhead needs to visit before they make their way onto the other side of the veil - if you know what we mean...
Visit Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross
Even if you aren't off to Hogwarts it's worth taking a trip to King's Cross station because you might just come across an enchanted piece of wall that will take you onto Platform 9 3/4. With its very own Harry Potter shop to stock up on souvenirs, there's also a luggage trolley that's sticking half-in and half-out of the wall, which is an Instagram moment just waiting to happen.
More info here.
Spend A Day At The Harry Potter Studio Tour In London
Nothing will feel more magical than getting lost in the actual sets used on all eight of the Harry Potter movies - especially when you know the actual cast have lounged in the very same Gryffindor Common Room, eaten feasts in the same Great Hall and done detention in Umbridge's very same office. Then there's Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts Express, riding in Ron's dad's flying car AND the newest attraction, a look around the Dursley's very own living room down Privet Drive.
More info here.
Play Quidditch on Hampstead Heath
Getting picked for the house team has never been easier - now all you need to do is head down to Hampstead Heath on a Saturday morning and you'll find a bunch of muggles training for their very own hybrid version of the game. Sort of like a cross between rugby, dodgeball and tag, this version of quidditch involves running about on your very own broom while trying to chuck a ball through some hoops.
And if that doesn't persuade you to give it a try, the team - who call themselves the Unspeakables - play in a proper league and also have a pretty great kit.
More info right here.
Stay over in a Harry Potter hotel room
It's a hotel room that is totally Harry Potter themed. What more do you need to know?
Yes prices start at £209 a night, BUT it does look just like the Gryffindor dorm and for that you get a four poster bed, a cauldron, loads more wizard-y details and a full English breakfast in the morning.
All the details here.
Check out the reptile House at London Zoo
Who knows, maybe a python will speak to you and you’ll discover you’re actually magical for the first time by accidentally disappearing the glass and making your cousin Dudley fall straight into the tank of a venomous animal, just like Harry.
Alternatively you'll just see some cool snakes, which is also quite fun.
More info here.
Go and see the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play
Granted it might be trickier to get a ticket than find a golden snitch in a Gringott's vault, but despite being very much sold out, they do release 40 tickets for every performance for the next week at 1pm on a Friday here.
It'll be worth it to see what grown up Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny have been up to since they got married and made babies etc.
Full info here.
Head to the Forest of Dean
Need to hide out from a bunch of snatchers for the weekend? Then make like Harry, Ron, Hermione and their bag full of horcuxes and head to the Forest of Dean for a spot of camping.
(Yes we know it's not in London, but worth getting a train for a bit of nature.)
More info right here.
Take a ride on the Harry Potter bus tour in London
It's not quite a trip on the Knight Bus but it's the next best thing and will take you around loads of locations featured in the books and film including the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and Platform 9 3/4.
Tour starts at Temple tube and ends at King's Cross.
Tickets cost £27 and all the info is here.
Put your magical skills to the test
If you're still waiting on that Hogwarts letter, one way to prove to Dumbledore that you're worth a shot is taking on the witchcraft and wizardry version of Enigma Quests.
Basically you and a team of magic loving pals will be shut in a room to solve a load of magical puzzles against the clock, so it's perfect for anyone who classes themselves a proper Potterhead. It's sort of like Harry, Ron and Hermione's quest at the end of the Philosopher's Stone, although chances are your Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher won't be waiting with the Dark Lord hidden in his turban ready to attack you at the end of it.
Book tickets here.
Take a self-guided muggle tour
If you don't want to fork out, why not take yourself on a self-guided muggle tour of the iconic Harry Potter locations in London instead?
It'll take you to all the big locations and you print out a handy map and direction right here.
Now go forth and enjoy. Mischief managed and all that.