With every year that passes, my love for Harry Potter only grows. There is something beautiful about the Harry Potter world that welcomes the Millennials that grew up alongside Harry, our parents/grandparents that were succumbed into reading the books and watching the films with us and all age groups that grow up behind us.
It should come as no surprise that Harry Potter wasn’t just a quick flash in the pan and that its just as popular today, if not more so than when it came out many a year ago. There is something soothing in being able to find and believe in magic in the every day. While being able to accio any item I need towards me would be absolutely ideal, I’m not talking about magic magic. I think Harry Potter showed so many people that the extraordinary can exist within the ordinary and the importance of your loved ones and cherishing every moment.
With that being said, I think that busy, stressed out Londoners are high up on the list of those needing a bit of magic within their day to day lives which is why the vast amount of Harry Potter places within London may never be enough and there will always be the demand for more. So without further ado… here is my guide to Harry Potter London!
Harry Potter Studio Tour
I loved this tour so much that I wrote about it here!
Its super easy to get to from London, its not the cheapest tour in the World but is well worth every penny. I even went twice to indulge in Butterbeer!
The wands lighting up the way to St Paul’s
This is a temporary art installation up for the month running up to the release of Fantastic Beasts 2. Rich and I went last night after a big old meal at Dirty Bones and it didn’t disappoint.
Please note that if you are expecting a big demonstration then you won’t get that here but if you are up for seeing 8 gigantic wands lighting the way from the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s then its well worth going to see before it goes.
Platform 9 & 3/4’s
Excuse me sir, can you tell me where I might find Platform 9 and 3 quarters?
9 and 3 quarters? Think you’re being funny do ya?
Located in Kings Cross station I pass platform 9 & 3/4’s most times that I head into London and I seldom see it without a queue for people ready to take a picture there.
Just next door is a Harry Potter themed shop where you can run absolutely wild, buying all the Harry Potter memorabilia you can before your card gets declined!
The house of MinaLima
Hidden away on Soho’s Greek Street is the absolute gem which is the house of MinaLima. Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are designers from both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. They transformed what used to be their home into a giant exhibition full of their works.
The forever winding stairs and all the tucked away areas will suck you right back into the magic as you look through their work. Every other poster I looked at made me want to buy it to get it up in our house.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently and it was bloody brilliant. I started reading the stage play when it first got released, but then decided to put it down so that I didn’t spoil anything when I eventually got to see it in theatre and I am so glad that I did.
We got treated to watching both shows in the same day and had dinner at the Ivy in between. It was the most perfect Sunday. It was great to get to see a bit more into Harry’s world after we thought it was over. We got to see his kids and get an insight into Hogwarts years after we thought we had left it forever.
I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it yet but thought it was well worth going to see!
This is actually somewhere I’ve not been yet and really need to get there! It is said to be one of London’s oldest and most glorious Market’s. This is where scenes from Diagon Alley were filmed and will supposedly make you feel like you are off to buy an owl and your first wand!
Graduate as a Witch or Wizard
I don’t know about you but I’ve been waiting for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts ever since I first read of its fictional existence. I’m 27 years old now and still nowhere near ready to give up the dream but thanks to Enigma Quests, maybe I don’t have to!
Enigma quests puts you through your magical paces as you are required to do tasks and exams and fight against the dark arts before you eventually graduate as a Witch or Wizard!
Attend your own boozy potions class at The Cauldron
With a simple swish and a flick you will be making your own alcoholic potions in no time. Being guided through how to master the class by The Cauldron’s potion Masters, you will have the most magically boozy night.
Following its incredibly successful popup in Dalston, they have just moved to a new premises in Elephant and Castle and I absolutely can’t wait to get my robes on and go and attend a class.
Two of my favourite things, alcohol and Harry Potter mixed together must make the bestest night!
I’d personally like to thank my boyfriend for understanding that our life is always going to involved Harry Potter.