Sightseeing in London for Harry Potter Fans
A visit to London can be extremely exciting for Harry Potter fans, especially if you know where to look. Some of London’s most famous landmarks are seen in the movies, and Platform 9 3/4 has been brought to life in King’s Cross Station.
Did you know that you can also visit actual sets from the films at Warner Bros. Studios?
This is our list of Harry Potter filming locations in and around London that we visited.The locations that we visited are not off the beaten path and should be easily found by anyone visiting London for even a short time.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter
Head just outside of London to Warner Bros. Studio where you will find the most exciting tour for Harry Potter fans. Sets, costumes, props, it’s all here!
Walk through the actual Great Hall, see the Gryffindor Common Room, the Potions classroom, Hagrid’s hut, and the interior of the Burrow.
Learn about the special effects, see concept art, and marvel at scale models. This tour is absolutely incredible!
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Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station
I absolutely love visiting fictional places that are also real. For example, Harry Potter went to King’s Cross Station, which is a real station in London, to enter Platform 9 3/4. It’s actually there. Visit for a great photo op, pushing your trolley through the brick wall.
Be sure to wander in the gift shop next door to find tons of Harry Potter merchandise and even items exclusive to this location.
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St. Pancras International
St. Pancras Station is located right next to King’s Cross, so it’ll be easy to take a peep at the exterior of this station when you’re headed to Platform 9 3/4.
Why is it important? Because it was the exterior of this station that was used for King’s Cross in the movies. You should recognize it from when Ron and Harry take off in the Ford Anglia.
Most visits to London will include a visit to, or at least a drive through, Piccadilly Circus. You’ll recognize it by the large Billboards. It was here that Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempted to get away from Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
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The premiere of the final Harry Potter Film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was held in Trafalgar Square. I remember watching this premiere live online. The event was extremely emotional for most Harry Potter fans because we watched the actors share favorite moments, memories, and say their goodbyes. J.K. Rowling gave a very emotional speech as well.
There’s no way I would NOT add this place to my list of London Harry Potter locations. This premiere can still be watched online, so grab your tissues and check it out if you missed it in 2011.
Trafalgar Square is also seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when the Death Eaters swoop down over London.
London Zoo’s Reptile House
We didn’t have time to visit the London Zoo, but man, I wish we did! Of course, it’s not the entire zoo that I’m interested in… I just want to go to the reptile house. This is the actual filming location from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, where Harry speaks parsaltongue for the first time and makes the glass disappear so Dudley falls into the snake exhibit.
If we go back, you can bet this place is on my list!
Probably the most memorable part of the Death Eater attack on London is when they take down the Millennium Bridge. Pedestrians panicked, cables snapped, the entire bridge began to sway and turn, and then it completely collapsed.
Movie magic is amazing! The bridge still stands, sturdy and well!
The Tower Bridge is only seen for a split second in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when the Order takes flight through London. However, I would think every visit to London would include seeing the Tower Bridge, so you may as well know it was seen in Harry Potter as well.
See Related: Our Wizarding World of Harry Potter Bucket List
Houses of Parliament
Also seen during the flight of the Order in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the Houses of Parliament. This scene is particularly beautiful as the group flies by on their brooms at night, with the Houses lit with golden lighting.
Have you visited these or any other Harry Potter locations in London? What place are you most excited about visiting? Mark is Gryffindor, Jenni is Ravenclaw, and what is your house? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and three fur babies. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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