Just because J.K. Rowling has officially wrapped up her beloved Harry Potter franchise doesn’t mean you can’t relive the magic in new and exciting ways.
As any Potterhead can attest, the world is filled with real-life destinations that were used to shoot some of the most iconic scenes from the films. And if that’s not reason enough for you to dust off your passport and take a vacation, well, how about a bar dedicated to all things Harry Potter situated in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities? Yep, there’s one of those, too.
And, if you want to bring the kids along, there’s a must-see studio tour in London that will bring all the wonder from the films to life. So pack your bags and strap in, because these are the ultimate Harry Potter vacations.
Hit the streets of London for the famous Muggle walking Tour. If you want more from your Harry Potter vacation than just a guided tour of a studio, then this walking tour through the streets of London will be right up your alley (pun intended). Whether it’s the entrance to the Ministry of Magic from The Order of the Phoenix or the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron from The Prisoner of Azkaban, this walking tour is for you.
Have a toast to Harry Potter at The Lockhart. This Toronto bar gained international attention after news of its Harry Potter–themed drinks and décor went viral. “Without knowing any of the Harry Potter stuff, you already will think of this as a cool bar,” co-owner Paris Xerx says. “You’d come here and see the stag’s head on the wall and go, ‘Wow, I love that,’ but a Harry Potter fan might say, ‘That’s a Patronus.'”
Take a tour of Harry Potter’s universe at Leavesden Studios in London. No Harry Potter vacation would be complete without a stop at the former airplane factory where most of the films’ iconic locations were built. Thanks to guided tours offered by Warner Bros., you can spend time in the Great Hall, or pay a visit to the Dursley’s home at 4 Privet Drive. The choice is yours.
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