Bookish Tours

A Tour of London ~ Harry Potter Edition

July 31, 2017

Over this past May and June, I spent five weeks in London as a part of a summer program through my college. During free time one weekend, a few of the other students on my trip and I went on the Tour For Muggles, a walking tour based on locations that inspired JK Rowling’s writing and from the Harry Potter films. In celebration of JK Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday today, I am sharing  the photos I took from this tour + a couple other Harry Potter spots I visited!

At the beginning of Half-Blood Prince film, Voldemort sends Death Eaters to destroy Millennium Bridge.
One of the filming locations we visited was were Ron Weasley hid before breaking into the Ministry of Magic in Deathly Hallows Part 1. Fun fact, the lamp post was added in during editing!
Across the street from Ron’s wall, is the Ministry of Magic entrance Harry and Mr. Weasley use. There’s no phone booth there in real life as it was added for filming purposes only.
At the beginning of the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Knight Bus picks up Harry from the Dursley’s. On its way to the Leaky Cauldron, it crosses Lambeth Bridge.
The Leaky Cauldron was filmed outside of Borough Market. Fun fact, the Knight Bus was too high to fight under the bridge so the top had to be taken off.
Lastly, we visited the locations that JK Rowling used as inspiration for Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley!

Not on the tour itself, I could not pass up the opportunity to visit Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station! I had seen plenty of photos of the cart going into the platform before, but I hadn’t realized there was a store connected to it and a professional photographer there to take photos.

Lastly, I was lucky enough to have the chance to see Cursed Child. The saying “a play is meant to be seen, not read” could not be more true than for Cursed Child. It was an absolutely magical performance, and I was so impressed by all the stage effects!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Harry Potter inspired tour of London! If you are ever in London and want to see these locations in person, I highly recommend you go on the Tour For Muggles.

*Photos from the Harry Potter films are not mine, but all other photos are.*

18 Comments

  • Reply danielle hammelef July 31, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Thank you for this fun post! someday I want to visit England and I’ll have to go on this tour if still offered.

    • Reply Jordan July 31, 2017 at 12:25 PM

      You should definitely try to go on this tour someday! It was great and included so many fun facts that I hadn’t known before.

  • Reply Kate Melman July 31, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Wow! What an incredible opportunity. I love seeing your pictures alongside the screenshots from the movie. You always have such creative posts!

    • Reply Jordan July 31, 2017 at 1:18 PM

      Thank you for the kind words, Kate! I’m glad you enjoyed this tour! <3

  • Reply Heather @hermitlibrarian July 31, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    I didn’t realize there was a walking tour of Harry Potter locales! That is a fantastic opportunity; you’re so lucky! I probably would’ve been fangirling all over the place.

    • Reply Jordan July 31, 2017 at 2:27 PM

      It was fantastic! There was plenty of fangirling going on as everyone on my tour were huge fans + the tour guide was excellent and a huge fan himself!

  • Reply madeline @ a paper reverie July 31, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    this looks like so much fun!! 🙂 i did a tour like this a few years ago, but i don’t think that we visited nearly as many places. loved reading the post and seeing your photos!

    madeline @ a paper reverie

    • Reply Jordan July 31, 2017 at 8:24 PM

      Thank you! This wasn’t even all of the places we visited either—just the ones I had the best photos of/could find the HP corresponding film scene!

  • Reply Lauren @ Comma Hangover July 31, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    This is such a fun post! I’ve never visited England but it is on my list. Maybe in 2018 I will finally get there for a week, but I have always wanted to do an HP tour!

    • Reply Jordan July 31, 2017 at 8:53 PM

      Hopefully you’ll get over theres soon! This was my first time there and I loved it—already hoping to go back! And you should definitely do a HP tour when you go!

  • Reply Rachael August 1, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    I’m seeing Cursed Child this December. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

    • Reply Jordan August 1, 2017 at 5:39 PM

      That’s so exciting! I hope you love it! Have you read the script already?

  • Reply Inge August 5, 2017 at 2:35 AM

    This post is great! I love the side by side photo comparisons of movie stills and your experiences. Sounds like you had a great time! I personally didn’t care much for The Cursed Child, but I do think it would be better if seen in play form.

    • Reply Jordan August 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM

      Thank you, Inge! I haven’t read Cursed Child yet, but I know the story is kind of lacking. However, all the stage effects so are incredible!

  • Reply Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA August 7, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    I am REALLY JEALOUS!! Gaaah! I will definitely do this when I ever get to London! 🙂

    • Reply Jordan August 8, 2017 at 8:49 AM

      You definitely should, Zeee!! 🙂

  • Reply Gill Edwards August 24, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Interesting seeing those pics and hearing the stories behind them. I still havent read The Cursed Child yet but adore all the Potter books.

    • Reply Jordan August 24, 2017 at 4:47 PM

      Thank you! 🙂

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