In response to the fabulous interest folks all over the world have to the Harry Potter book series and movies, guided tours involving all things Harry Potter have popped up everywhere. A perfect tour for families and fans alike, many visitors will come to have a greater appreciation for the filming of this famous series of movies.
Many Harry Potter guided tours begin in London where you’ll visit the London Zoo, called the Little Whinging Zoo in the book. The scene where Harry speaks to the snake took place in the reptile house at this otherwise wonderful family attraction. Then, it’s on to the Kings Cross Station, where Harry’s Platform 9 ¾ took Harry on the Hogwarts Express.
While in London, Harry Potter guided tours often let you see some of the other more ordinary sites in the city. Don’t forget to stop at the Westminster Tube Station where Harry and Mr. Weasley stop on their trip to the Ministry of Magic hearing. Just down the road from the station is the red telephone booth near Scotland Yard that Harry used to get into the Ministry. A most exciting stop on Harry Potter guided tours is a trip to Oxford where you’ll visit Christ Church College, the site of many of the interior scenes of Hogwarts Academy, including the great hall, where the students of Hogwarts ate. The Duke Humphrey’s Library was featured as the library inside Hogwarts. Truly, there are places all over Oxford where Harry Potter movie scenes were filmed, including the Divinity School, which was turned into the hospital wing at Hogwarts.
Finally, you can visit the medieval village of Lacock—a favorite spot for Harry Potter guided tours. The village inspired the village of Gordric’s Hollow, where Harry lived with his parents. Several scenes from Hogwarts School for Wizardry andMagic, including Professor Snape’s classroom in the dungeon, were shot in the village. Visitors may discover that the village of Lacock was the location of other movies, including Pride and Prejudice.
Many Harry Potter guided tours will offer evening sessions for tour guests to view the movies all over again and discuss the places they’d visited that day. As there are numerous other attractions along the way, some guided tours will fill in the time with visits to castle ruins, quaint villages or other historic sites to give guests the full picture of what living like Harry Potter would be like.
If you can’t afford to do one of these guided tours, think about a Harry Potter Universal Studios vacation package. The next best thing!