I am a fan of Harry Potter and everything like it, so with the premiere of ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ everything has been reactivated and I have been wanting to visit these 13 places that you cannot miss if you are a fan of the saga.
The new movie of the universe created by JK Rowling takes the leap to the other side of the pond, but those that adapt the seven original books focus almost everything on the old continent, and many of the places are totally accessible and identifiable for anyone.
We start off course in the United Kingdom, in London, and then get closer to Scotland and finish on the other side of the pond. Many of the places you will identify well, and many are missing, but it is a huge selection and if we put on we will not stop.
King’s Cross Station and Midland Hotel
Let’s see, raise your hand the (child or adult) that has not got off at the King’s Cross train station and have searched for platform 9 and 3/4 to see if the Hogwarts train leaves on time … And As they are so nice, the platform exists and Harry’s cart is there halfway to the entrance. By the way, they have wands and scarves from all four houses so you can make the experience of the photo as real as possible. You may also like to read http://quiotl.com/how-to-travel-like-a-local/
However, the exteriors will surprise you and are not the ones of the station itself, but those of the wonderful Hotel Midland, which, yes, is next but it is not the same. Here you will see the flying Ford Anglia of the Weasleys land in ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’. London hides things like these and just stuck to the British Library in case you want to make a stop.
If you were no longer amazed with pushing the cart one of the first things that leaves you with your mouth open in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is your full input with Hagrid in Diagon Alley, the magic alley where you can shop for the colé: wand in Olivander, Owl, books … and yes it is a real place, specifically Ledenhall Market, a marvel of Victorian market with ornate painted ceiling. The entrance to the alley is made from the ‘Chorreante Cauldron’ and there you would have to look at an optician on Charing Cross Rd.
Of course Harry needs money, he did not even know what he had and is safe in Gringotts a magician bank, which curiously shares interior with Australia House, the consular mission of that country in the United Kingdom. The characteristic interior is already another thing to sing. Inside there are those fascinating marbles and columns that we will have to settle for seeing in the movies because it is not open to the public.
Let’s make a leap and go to film number seven: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part I ‘and there, this one is easy to identify we see Harry, Hermione and Ron narrowly escaping being run over in the heart of London: Picadilly Circus. And yes, there the buses go like crazy.
Houses of Parliament and Westminster Station
In one of the broom flights of ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ there is a pass through the Parliament and also the metro station opposite is also in the same film.
One of the most spectacular bridges that you find in London, by location and views is the Millenium Bridge, which takes you from the foot of St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Bankside, right at that exact point between the Tate Modern and The Globe. One of the initial scenes of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ is that of this fascinating pedestrian bridge falling down.
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Glenfinnan Viaduct – Lochaber – Scotland
From London we are going to make the leap to Scotland and discover that the bridge through which the Hogwarts Express passes in each and every movie exists in reality and is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, in Lochaber. Green like the whole country and with a height that takes your breath away. There may not be anything more beautiful than watching the train smoking passing by.
And where we say cloister of the imposing Cathedral of Gloucester, glory of the Gothic, we mean hallways of the Gryffindor House where a thousand and one adventures pass. Those ceilings and those walls are worthy of admiration.
We now leave the eight original films and take a leap to the new one and go to New York. The Times Square that sees Newt Scamander in ‘Fantastic Animals and where to find them’ is very different from now, but certainly has the same magic and attraction for people that now, and yes, they were also going to have fun there.
New York Public Library
Built in 1911, the impressive building of the New York Public Library has a Gutenberg Bible inside it and a signed copy of the Declaration of Independence has this fascinating study room.
This redbrick building from 1864, at 97 Orchard Street, is the Tenement museum that reflects what neighborhood life was like at the beginning of the 20th century. In the film, it inspires several houses, including that of Jacob Kowalski, a non-magician who befriends Newt Scamander in the film.
The Nickerbocker Hotel also serves as inspiration for the new movie, and look where your door leaves a tour that takes you to more central locations. The hotel is from the beginning of the 20th century and as a curious fact the Dry Martini was invented in its bar.
We finished with the Flatiron Building, the iron for friends, which shows its curious plant since 1907. It also appears in the film.