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Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels, written by J. K. Rowling, and made into a series of eight films from 2001 to 2011.

Understand[edit]

The Harry Potter stories are set in a fictionalised version of the United Kingdom in the late 20th century, where some locations are inaccessible or invisible to muggles (people without magical abilities). Most of the towns and villages featured in the series, including muggle settlements, were created by Rowling, but are generally either based on real places or are archetypical of a particular region.

It is possible to visit many of the places that inspired the books. The series was filmed in a variety of locations around the UK at the behest of J.K. Rowling.

Starting from 2016, a new prequel film series entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being made, with Rowling making her screenwriting debut for the series. The first film in the series went on to win an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, achieving what had eluded all eight films in the original series (which received a total of 12 Oscar nominations, but never won).

Get in[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

For more information, see the "Get in" section in the United Kingdom article.

At J. K. Rowling's insistence, the original eight films were produced almost entirely in the United Kingdom.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Heathrow Airport (LHR IATA). The largest airport in the UK and serves many international destinations through its four terminals: 2, 3, 4 and 5. Heathrow Airport (Q8691) on Wikidata Heathrow Airport on Wikipedia

Many buses, trains, coaches and car rental facilities make it a convenient starting place for exploring Britain, particularly for visiting attractions in the London area such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour and King's Cross station. In addition, Oxford is only about 50 miles (80 km) west of Heathrow.

  • 2 Edinburgh Airport (EDI IATA). Well-connected to the city centre via bus and tram to visit the inspirational places J. K. Rowling used when writing the original seven books. Edinburgh Airport (Q8716) on Wikidata Edinburgh Airport on Wikipedia

Most Scottish locations are in northern Scotland with Glasgow being the nearest major airport with car rental facilities.

By train[edit]

London St Pancras International has the Eurostar from Paris Gare Du Nord.

London Victoria is on the London Underground Victoria  VIC  line to King's Cross St. Pancras (for both train stations). About 100 yards (90 metres) from the station is the Victoria Coach Station which offers a coach to just about every city in Britain.

London King's Cross has connections from Heathrow Airport via the London Underground Piccadilly  PIC  line. There is also a direct 3-hour train to Durham.

Watford Junction is on the London Overground line to Willesden Junction and London Euston.

Oxford has connections from London Marylebone.

  • 4 Edinburgh Waverley. Has connections from London King's Cross. Most of the places where J. K. Rowling stayed when working on Harry Potter is within walking distance. Additionally, you can reach Alnwick Castle via a train to Alnmouth, then a bus. Edinburgh Waverley railway station (Q800716) on Wikidata Edinburgh Waverley railway station on Wikipedia

Republic of Ireland[edit]

See the Cliffs of Moher listing below.

As of 2023, the only location in the Republic of Ireland that was used for the Harry Potter films was the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast between Galway and Limerick.

  • 5 Dublin Airport (DUB IATA). Main airport for the Republic of Ireland with domestic and international destinations. Dublin Airport (Q178021) on Wikidata Dublin Airport on Wikipedia

Themed attractions[edit]

All these themed locations are home to souvenir shops where you can purchase Harry Potter memorabilia. These are also the only four locations where you can drink a real-world version of butterbeer, a drink that is featured in the books and movies. Unlike the book version, real butterbeer is not alcoholic.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour[edit]

London[edit]

Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour
The Great Hall
  • 1 Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, Watford, near London, England, WD25 7LR. Leavesden is a former aircraft factory that was converted into a film studio. All of the Harry Potter films were made here, starting in 2000. Many of the original film sets and props were stored and can now be viewed as part of the exhibition. Prebooking tickets from the website is essential! From £53.50. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter (Q27924395) on Wikidata Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter on Wikipedia

Prebooking tickets on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour website is vital as this is a very popular attraction.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour can be easily reached from the 6 Watford Junction Watford Junction railway station on Wikipedia  OGD National Rail and 7 London Victoria London Victoria station on Wikipedia  CIR  DIS  VIC National Rail train stations with regular shuttle coaches. During the ride, there is an introductory video from Tom Felton who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the films.

You see the different sets, costumes and props at your own pace. You can grab a passport and find each of the embossed stamps and all of the hidden golden snitches.

On-site catering is overpriced, so it's a good idea to have lunch before visiting. Do try a sweet non-alcoholic butterbeer before visiting the external sets including the Dursleys' house at 4 Privet Drive and the Knight Bus.

Tokyo[edit]

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios[edit]

Themed areas at Universal Studios parks:

Orlando is the purported "theme park capital of the world" and a popular tourist city in Florida. It can be reached via most US airlines to 8 Orlando International Airport (MCO IATA).

Film locations[edit]

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Map of Harry Potter tourism
Steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct

Scotland[edit]

For the Edinburgh sites, see Edinburgh inspiration.

All of these sites are in northern Scottish Highlands with the nearest major city being Glasgow. It is recommended to fly into Glasgow Airport and hire a car to reach these.

  • 1 Glenfinnan Viaduct, West Highlands. A large railway viaduct on the West Highland Line, crossed by the Hogwarts Express train in several films. During the summer you can travel on The Jacobite, a similar style of steam train which runs from Fort William to Mallaig via Glenfinnan. Glenfinnan Viaduct (Q1155735) on Wikidata Glenfinnan Viaduct on Wikipedia
  • 2 Glen Nevis, Near Fort William. Impressive scenery including Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, used as the backdrop for several Quidditch games.
  • 3 Glencoe. A backdrop for several scenes, including Hagrid's Hut, the set was built on the hillside close to the Clachaig Inn. Glen Coe (Q92671) on Wikidata Glen Coe on Wikipedia
  • 4 Black Rock Gorge, Evanton, near Dingwall. A narrow, steep-sided gorge, appears in the Goblet of Fire. Black Rock Gorge (Q14995561) on Wikidata Black Rock Gorge on Wikipedia

England[edit]

King's Cross station

Hogsmeade train from King's Cross

Each year on the 1st of September at 11 am, there is a fictitious announcement and listing on the departure board at London King's Cross for the Hogwarts Express train to Hogsmeade. It gets very busy though.

St. Pancras International station

London[edit]

Both train stations are in the north London borough of Camden and are well-connected by the London Underground and buses. On the London Underground, the station is jointly referred to as King's Cross St. Pancras  CIR  H&C  MET  NOR  PIC  VIC National Rail.

  • 5 King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Rd, Camden, London, N1 9AL (London), +44 20 7431-4001, . The station where Harry and his friends boarded the train to Hogwarts. Of course, platform 9 ¾ doesn't actually exist and the filming was actually done between platforms 4 and 5, as the real platforms 9 and 10 are separated by tracks. The magical entrance to platform 9 ¾ has been recreated at the station entrance for fans to have their photos taken, but figure on spending at least 2 hours in the queue with throngs of other fans. A Harry Potter souvenir shop is also located in the station for fans to purchase memorabilia. Free. London King's Cross railway station (Q219867) on Wikidata London King's Cross railway station on Wikipedia
  • 6 St Pancras Railway Station, Euston Rd, Camden, London, N1 9AL. The exterior shots of King's Cross in the film were filmed using the adjacent St Pancras station, which is far more elaborate and impressive than the relatively plain King's Cross. St Pancras railway station (Q720102) on Wikidata St Pancras railway station on Wikipedia

Take a Northern line train on the London Underground to London Waterloo  BAK  JUB  NOR  W&C National Rail to see the Millennium Bridge and then go further south towards Guildford and Woking in Surrey to see Surbiton.

Millennium Bridge
  • 7 Millennium Bridge, City of London/Southbank, London, SE1 9JE (Tube: Blackfriars  DIS  or St Paul's  CEN , next to Tate Modern). Pedestrian bridge across the River Thames. At the beginning of Half-Blood Prince, it is attacked by Death Eaters and collapses. Free. Millennium Bridge (Q44057) on Wikidata Millennium Bridge, London on Wikipedia
  • 8 Surbiton Station, South London. While the film hardly shows its best side, this art-deco South London station was used to film the opening scene where Harry meets Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince. Free. Surbiton railway station (Q2526353) on Wikidata Surbiton railway station on Wikipedia

Oxford[edit]

Oxford is a popular destination for students and tourists alike. As such it's well-connected by public transport, especially from London. With a small city centre, most attractions (both Harry Potter-related and not) are within walking distance. There are also a number of Harry Potter walking tours and merchandise shops on Broad St.

The Grand Staircase at Christ Church, Oxford
The cloisters at New College, Oxford
  • 9 Christ Church, University of Oxford, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP, +44 1865 276492, . One of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, founded in 1546. The staircase in front of the Hall was used as a filming location for the staircase leading to the Great Hall of Hogwarts in the films. While not actually used for the filming, the Hall itself served as the inspiration for the design of the Great Hall of Hogwarts set for the films. £7. Christ Church (Q745967) on Wikidata Christ Church, Oxford on Wikipedia
  • 10 New College, University of Oxford, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN, +44 1865 279253 (summer), +44 1865 279555 (winter). 11am - 5pm. Despite its name, the New College is actually one of the older constituent colleges of the University of Oxford and was founded in 1379. The cloisters of the college were used to film some of the Hogwarts cloisters scenes in the movies. £4. New College (Q1376987) on Wikidata New College, Oxford on Wikipedia
  • 11 Bodleian Library, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG, +44 1865 277094. Divinity School was used as the Hogwarts hospital wing for scenes where Harry Potter and his friends are recovering from injuries during the films. Also, Duke Humfrey’s Library. Bodleian Library (Q82133) on Wikidata Bodleian Library on Wikipedia

By road: On the M40 motorway from London and Birmingham, as well as the A40 from Cheltenham (and the Cotswolds). Oxford city centre is notoriously bad for driving with its one-way system and parking is both expensive and difficult in the city centre, so it's recommended to use one of the 5 park & rides and take a bus instead.

By train: You can reach 9 Oxford train station Oxford railway station on Wikipedia in the city centre via London Paddington. Or 10 Oxford Parkway Oxford Parkway railway station on Wikipedia via London Marylebone and a bus from the adjacent Water Eaton Park & Ride.

By coach: There is the Oxford Tube from London Victoria to 11 Gloucester Green bus station Gloucester Green on Wikipedia in the centre of Oxford. Alternatively, The Airline coach goes directly from both London Heathrow and London Gatwick to Oxford.

West Country[edit]

J. K. Rowling grew up in the West Country and her work is heavily influenced by the region. The Dursley family, Harry's Muggle relatives, are named after the town of Dursley in Gloucestershire. Rubeus Hagrid's distinctive West Country accent was inspired by a biker Rowling met in a pub and John Nettleship, her chemistry teacher at Wyedean School was the main inspiration for Professor Snape.

Gloucester is the country town of Gloucestershire. The cathedral is within walking distance of the city centre.

The cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral.
  • 12 Gloucester Cathedral (Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity), 12 College Green, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL1 2LX, +44 1452 528095, . Completed in 1499, this Gothic building has a beautiful design and heritage. It was used for filming several of the Harry Potter movies. One memorable scene shot in the cloisters was the ominous blood writing on the wall from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Free. Gloucester Cathedral (Q262500) on Wikidata Gloucester Cathedral on Wikipedia

By road: Gloucester is on the M5 motorway from Birmingham to Exeter. The services are a great place to stop along the way. The A40 goes from London to Fishguard in Wales via Oxford and Gloucester.

By train: Gloucester train station can be reached directly from London Paddington or Bristol Temple Meads.

By bus: Gloucester Transport Hub has many bus and coach services from London Victoria and elsewhere.

Coppett Hill is near Goodrich in South Herefordshire. It is a short 5 mi (8.0 km) drive from Ross-on-Wye and a longer 22 mi (35 km) drive from Gloucester.

  • 13 Coppett Hill (Coppet Hill), Goodrich, Herefordshire. Forest of Dean filming location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 when Harry, Ron and Hermione go hunting for Horcruxes. Coppet Hill (Q5168867) on Wikidata Coppet Hill on Wikipedia

By road: On the A40 from Gloucester and the B4234 from Ross-on-Wye.

Sleep: Ross-on-Wye has a few B&Bs and pubs, but there is more accommodation in Gloucester or Hereford.

Chippenham can also be reached by train from London Paddington or Bristol Temple Meads. Or you can take junction 17 from the M40 motorway.

Laycock Abbey in Somerset
  • 14 Lacock Abbey, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 2LG (3 miles south of Chippenham). A former Augustinian nunnery run by the National Trust in the county of Wiltshire. The cloisters were used for the filming of some of the Hogwarts cloisters scenes in the movies. Some of the rooms were also used to film some of the Hogwarts classroom scenes. Free. Lacock Abbey (Q1148460) on Wikidata Lacock Abbey on Wikipedia

By road: Chippenham and Lacock are on the A350 and about 60 mi (97 km) from Bournemouth.

By coach: National Express coach services to Chippenham: Northampton to Bristol (302), Bath to London (403) and Penzance to London (404).

By bus: The X34 bus goes from Chippenham to Frome via Lacock.

North Yorkshire[edit]

Goathland is a small village inside the North York Moors national park that is about 9 mi (14 km) from Whitby and 14 mi (23 km) from Pickering.

Goathland Station
  • 15 Goathland Station, Goathland, Whitby YO22 5NF, +44 1751 472508. A station on the preserved North Yorkshire Moors Railway, appears as Hogsmeade station. Goathland railway station (Q5575368) on Wikidata Goathland railway station on Wikipedia

By road: From Whitby or Pickering via the A169 and Cow Wath Bank.

By bus: 840 Coastliner bus from Whitby.

By train: Northern Rail has trains from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Middlesbrough to Whitby. For direct trains to Goathland, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs summer steam trains from Pickering via Levisham, Newtondale, Goathland and Grosmont. Most terminate at Grosmont and a couple per day continue into Whitby.

Eat/Drink: Goathland has a pub and a tea room.

  • Goathland Tea Rooms. 10am-4:30pm. Small tea room.
  • Aidensfield Arms, The Grn, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5LY.

Sleep: Goathland has a few small hotels and B&Bs for overnight staying.

  • Glendale House Bed & Breakfast, The Common, Goathland YO22 5AN, +44 1947 896281. Check-in: from 4pm, check-out: before 10am. The cheapest B&B in Goathland. From £90 per night.
  • The Goathland Hotel, The Grn, Goathland YO22 5LY, +44 1947 896203. Check-in: 2pm, check-out: 11am. Beautiful Victorian building with bay windows.

Malham is a very rural small village about 11 mi (18 km) from Skipton and 38 mi (61 km) from Leeds.

The limestone pavement at Malham Cove
  • 16 Malham Cove, Malham. Several scenes in the first Deathly Hallows film were shot on the limestone pavement here when Harry, Ron and Hermione are camping while hunting horcruxes. Free. Malham Cove (Q1789790) on Wikidata Malham Cove on Wikipedia

By road: You can drive the rural A65 from Skipton.

By bus: 210 bus takes about 35 minutes from Skipton.

By train: Northern Rail has a train from Leeds to Skipton and from there you can take the 210 bus.

By foot: Malham is on the famous Pennine Way walking route.

Northern England[edit]

Alnwick (pronounced Annick) is a town about 30 mi (48 km) away from the Scottish border at Berwick-upon-Tweed and about 35 mi (56 km) from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Alnwick Castle
The Poison Garden at The Alnwick Garden
  • 17 Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Northumberland. Used as exteriors for Hogwarts School in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. One memorable scene in this location was Harry Potter and Draco Falfoy's confrontation during Madame Hooch's first flying lesson. Adult: £16.50, Concession: £15.75, Child (5-16): £10.75, Family: £53 (April 2024 pricing). Alnwick Castle (Q1320427) on Wikidata Alnwick Castle on Wikipedia
  • 18 The Alnwick Garden. While the Alnwick Garden is not directly related to Harry Potter, the Poison Garden can be considered related to witchcraft in general and is considered the most deadly collection of plants in the world. Also, they are apparently very child-friendly as they can play in the fountains and there are inexpensive café meals for them. The Alnwick Garden (Q7713211) on Wikidata Alnwick Garden on Wikipedia

By car: On the A1 road from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

By train: Take a train down to Alnmouth from Edinburgh Waverley station or up from Newcastle-upon-Tyne station and then a bus to visit.

By bus: Arriva Bus X15 MAX runs hourly from Newcastle upon Tyne Haymarket, taking 90 min via Gosforth and Morpeth, as of July 2022. Alternate buses continue north up the A1 to Beal (for Lindisfarne), Scremerston and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Sleep: There is upmarket accommodation in Alnwick:

  • 1 White Swan Hotel, Bondgate Within, Alnwick NE66 1TD, +44 1665 602109. Hotel in an 18th-century coaching inn (which means no lift to upper floors). Bedrooms are modern and middlebrow, yet you're paying upmarket prices. Its most distinctive feature is the dining room, that was furnished from the RMS Olympic. B&B double £170. White Swan Hotel (Q3609073) on Wikidata White Swan Hotel, Alnwick on Wikipedia

Durham is a cathedral city with many direct connections. The cathedral itself is a short walk from the train station on the meander of the River Wear.

Durham Cathedral cloisters
  • 19 Durham Cathedral, Durham, County Durham. M-Sa 7AM-6PM, Su to 5:30PM, late Jul-Aug daily til 8PM. Durham Cathedral was used to film some of the exterior shots, cloisters and Transfiguration class in the first two movies. Suggested donation £3. Durham Cathedral (Q746207) on Wikidata Durham Cathedral on Wikipedia

By train: Durham can be reached directly by a 3-hour train from London King's Cross. There is also a 1-hour and 15-minute direct train from Leeds if you are also visiting Malham.

By coach: There is also a National Express bus from London Victoria if you need to pay less and are willing to travel a full 7 hours straight. You could watch 2 of the Harry Potter films back-to-back in that time.

East Midlands[edit]

Hardwick Hall

Chesterfield is a large town in the East Midlands. Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property between Chesterfield and Mansfield and requires a car to get there.

If you planning on also seeing Lacock Abbey and other National Trust properties, it may be cheaper to purchase the National Trust membership for a month.

  • 20 Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ. Used for the exterior shots for Malfoy Manor in the Deathly Hallows films, albeit in a digitally altered form. £18.70 adult, £9.40 child (October 2023). Hardwick Hall (Q2526406) on Wikidata Hardwick Hall on Wikipedia

Wales[edit]

Freshwater West

Freshwater West is rural and the best way to reach there seems to be by car. There are two car parks though they can be very busy during surfing season.

  • 21 Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales (about 8 miles west of Pembroke). The beach that stood in for the "Cornish" beach where Dobby transported Harry and his friends to escape from Malfoy Manor in the first Deathly Hallows, where Dobby died in Harry's arms and was later buried. Free. Freshwater West (Q5503127) on Wikidata Freshwater West on Wikipedia

Ireland[edit]

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are in a rural spot about 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Doolin between Galway and Limerick.

  • 22 Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair). In Half-Blood Prince the cliffs are shown as the location of the horcrux cave. Cliffs of Moher (Q239477) on Wikidata Cliffs of Moher on Wikipedia

By road: You can drive the N67 road to the cliffs or take the 350 bus which runs 6 times a day from Galway.

By plane: Galway itself no longer has an airport, but there are frequent trains and buses from Dublin.

By coach: Alternatively, there are coach tours which take you directly to the Cliffs of Moher and back again.

Eat/Drink: Doolin has a few Irish pubs which offer food, drink and live music entertainment. Some establishments may be cash-only, so be sure to have a few Euros on hand.

  • Gus O'Connor's Pub, Fisher Street, Doolin V95 FY67, +353 65 707 4168, . Daily 09:30-23:00. Good pub with food, great service, sure to warm you up after a breezy day on the cliffs or at sea. It's gotten onto the tourist circuit but is still a decent honest place. Trad music every night.

Edinburgh inspiration[edit]

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Map of Harry Potter tourism

J.K. Rowling lived in Edinburgh while writing many of the books, and several locations in the city may have provided inspiration, especially around the historic Old Town.

All of these inspirational places are within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley train station.

  • 23 The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, +44 1314 660873. This cafe claims to be the "birthplace of Harry Potter". Rowling wrote many of the early books here. The Elephant House (Q69424784) on Wikidata
  • 24 DunDun Delicious, 6A Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, +44 1315 578952. M-F: noon–10 pm Sa-Su: noon–11 pm. Mandarin Chinese restaurant. Previously Nicolson's Cafe then Spoon Café Bistro, another location where Rowling wrote the first book.
  • 25 The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, +44 1315 562414, . Luxury hotel, overlooking Waverley Station. Rowling stayed here in 2007 while writing Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series. It is possible to stay in that room, number 552, now named the "J.K. Rowling Suite". Balmoral Hotel (Q3700280) on Wikidata Balmoral Hotel on Wikipedia
  • 26 Greyfriars Kirkyard (Off the Southwest corner of George IV Bridge, close to the National Museum), +44 1312 251900. Historic graveyard and church, close to The Elephant House cafe. It contains the grave of Thomas Riddell, which may have provided the name of Voldemort. Nearby is the grave of the poet William McGonagall, whom Professor Minerva McGonagall was named after. Also famous for the story of Greyfriars Bobby. Greyfriars Kirkyard (Q2876448) on Wikidata Greyfriars Kirkyard on Wikipedia
  • 27 George Heriot's School, Lauriston Place, +44 1312 297263, . Prestigious private school in the city centre, may have been an inspiration for Hogwarts. The Gothic-style building has several impressive towers. It is not open to the public but can be viewed from Lauriston Place or Greyfriar's Kirkyard. George Heriot's School (Q5540543) on Wikidata George Heriot's School on Wikipedia
  • 28 Victoria Street (Between George IV Bridge and the Grassmarket). A curved cobbled street, with tall buildings and a variety of colourful shops, cafes and pubs. It may be the basis for Diagon Alley.
  • 29 J. K. Rowling Handprints (City Chambers quadrangle, off the Royal Mile). In 2008, Rowling was presented with the Edinburgh Award, from the city council. In honour of this, a cast was taken of her handprints, and set in stone in front of the city chambers.

Theatre[edit]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London, United Kingdom.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play performed at the Palace Theatre in London and the Lyric Theatre in New York. There are also performances in Hamburg and Tokyo.

The play is a direct sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now as an adult and a father, Harry Potter grapples with the challenges of parenthood and the legacy of his past.

The play is split into 2 parts which can be watched back-to-back or booked over separate days. Each part has a 20-minute intermission:

The first part: 2 hours and 40 minutes

The second part: 2 hours and 35 minutes

There is exclusive merchandise for sale, you can also buy a copy of the playscript from any major bookstore or as an e-book.

Buy[edit]

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Universal Studios attractions have gift shops. There are also these two stores in London:

  • 1 MinaLima, 157 Wardour Street, Soho, London (Tube: Tottenham Court Road  CEN  NOR  ELI ), +44 20 3214-0000, . A shop and gallery showcasing the work of the designers who create the letters, signs, newspapers, and many other props and graphics in the Harry Potter movies. Lots of prints and souvenirs are available for purchase.
  • The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾, Kings Cross Station, London (Tube: King's Cross St. Pancras  CIR  H&C  MET  NOR  PIC  VIC National Rail). Buy yourself a wand, house robes, and plushy owl, before getting your picture taken pushing a trolley laden with trunks through the solid brick wall which hides the Hogwarts Express. Muggle money is accepted, though the exchange rate means extortionate price tags. Platform Nine and Three Quarters (Q1951222) on Wikidata Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on Wikipedia
  • 2 Harry Potter New York, 935 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, United States. M-Sa: 9am-9pm, Su: 9am-7pm. Official Warner Bros. merch store for Harry Potter with props as decor.

Learn[edit]

Parseltongue, the language spoken by the various characters when talking to snakes, is, perhaps surprisingly, not just gibberish but an actual language that was constructed by University of Cambridge linguistics professor Francis Nolan for the films. Given the limited amount of Parseltongue dialogue in the film, the vocabulary is, of course limited, but there are nevertheless several Harry Potter fan groups who have dedicated significant resources towards learning and studying the language, and several online translators to Parseltongue are available. As snakes do not know how to write, there is, of course, no written language for Parseltongue.

See also[edit]

J. K. Rowling maintains the Pottermore website dedicated to the Harry Potter universe with several fun activities to keep fans occupied.

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