Harry Potter fans who want to experience the novel have made travel a big business in Britain. A lot of Harry fans have been making a pilgrimage to the book’s most popular locations and their movie stand-ins, usually around a book or a movie is released. For starters, those who want to know which House they belong in can try sitting under Hogwart’s Sorting Hat at the Warner Bros. Museum in Los Angeles. But for those who want to experience more of the magic, they can try any of these travel related sites:
Storybook England – this site, operated by the British Tourist Authority locates Potter sites on its Storybook England map. Interestingly, did you know that Platform 9¾ at London’s King’s Cross Station (the station really exists), has now been marked between platforms 9 and 10 with a luggage trolley disappearing into the brickwork.
Or, you can take a tour around London and Oxford through a Harry taxi. These tours, which can be 3.5-10 hours will take you around London to visit places like Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron. You can even see the outside of Gringott’s Bank, and the location of the entrance to the Ministry of Magic, as well as some places in Oxford (such as Christchurch College) where the movie was filmed.
And for those who want more unique experiences, such as a chance to stay in the rooms used by Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton, they can book a Harry Potter fan trip tour. These tours, organized by Jeannie Barresi, managing director of travel company Beyond Boundaries, will take you through England and Scotland. The trips include an excursion on the “Hogwarts Express,” the actual train that appears in the Harry Potter films, a broomstick ride (thanks to modern virtual-reality technology), lessons in the science of magic-making, and a brisk ground-bound game of Quidditch. Fans will even get to have a final magical banquet and party at Edinburgh Castle.