Even though the Harry Potter series has come to an end, the magic of the wizarding world lives on in London. Relive the excitement of J.K. Rowling’s world-famous books and films with your family by following in the footsteps of the beloved boy wizard and his friends through the city’s Harry Potter attractions.
Give the perfect start to your tour by visiting the Reptile House in the London Zoo, where Harry spoke to a Burmese python at the beginning of the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Join in with your children as they test their Parseltongue skills in drawn-out hisses until you can’t help but laugh aloud.
Afterwards, head off to Hogwarts at Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross Station. Strike your best running pose as you grip onto the handle of a luggage cart attached to the wall and pretend the Hogwarts Express is waiting for you on the other side. The cart is firmly attached, so you won’t have to worry about your kids making mad dashes toward the wall in desperate attempts to get to wizarding school. As a consolation, duck into the new Platform 9¾ Shop to fill your bags with authentic wands and souvenir mugs.
For a comprehensive experience filled with Harry Potter history, stories, and fun facts, sign up for a Muggle Tour. Spend over two hours exploring hard-to-find sites and film locations, including No. 12 Grimmauld Place and the entrances to the Leaky Cauldron and Ministry of Magic. Watch your kids jump up and down with excitement as they recognize their favorite spots from the movies.
No trip to London is complete without a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. Geek out when you get a unique, behind-the-scenes peek into the movie sets and learn some of the films’ secrets. Stare up at the wonder of the Great Hall, poke around Dumbledore’s office, and explore the intricate set details that make up Diagon Alley. Gaze at the fascinating costumes, then learn about the special effects and animatronics that brought the films to life. Later, take a break from sightseeing and sip on a sweet butterbeer before heading back inside.
A treasure trove of Harry Potter adventures await you in London, so don’t miss this opportunity to experience the celebrated series all over again — and don’t forget your camera.