Following Harry Potter’s Footsteps

Thoughts from Alanna…

The Boy Who Lived is alive and well in London! After the first novel was released nearly 20 years ago, the world J.K. Rowling built is still very evident around the UK, including London.

This weekend my friend and I hit up the city with the sole purpose of seeing as many Harry Potter sites as we could manage. At first it was going to be a homemade tour but instead we decided to go with Muggle Tours.

For just £12 per person, we joined a 2.5 hour Harry Potter tour around London with our very own guide.

Before the tour, make sure to see St. Pancras International Station! The exterior was used in the movies to house the Hogwarts Express, even though that leaves from Kings Cross Station just around the corner.

“Will Hagrid” paraded us around for the day, decked out as, you guessed it, Hagrid. He was overflowing with quirky information about the books, movies, actors and all things Harry Potter. My face hurt from laughing by the end of it.

There was about 20 of us with only one who could be classified as a child, (12 years old, maybe?) So you can picture a group of adults following Hagrid around London, cameras at the ready. We saw filming locations (obviously) but we also get to experience different spots around the city that influenced J.K. Rowling when writing the series.

The site of the Leaky Cauldron from the third movie, just off of Borough Market.

It was a really great afternoon out! And yes, my friend and I are completely functioning adults who pay our bills and interact with society. We just happen to really like Harry Potter.

I won’t spoil all the neat sites you’ll see, but just know that the tour (and some sore feet) are worth it. You might even get lucky like we were and have gorgeous weather for once!

Now excuse me while I enjoy my yearly Harry Potter marathon.