It's almost 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone made its debut on the big screen.
And still to this day, the wizarding world is much loved by muggles young and old alike, despite the last book being written well over a decade ago.
Sprinkled across the UK are tiny pieces of Harry Potter history that 'Potterheads' flock to visit, from Dobby's Grave in Pembrokeshire, to 42 Bull’s Head Passage at Leadenhall Market in London.
Many independent businesses have even built successful cafes and shops inspired by the franchise, drawing in customers from all over the country, reports 2Chill.
We've rounded up some of the best Potter picks around the UK that are well worth a visit – including the real house that the Dursley's lived in – which isn't really called 4 Privet Drive.
Warner Bros. Studios, London
It’s the life-long dream of every hardcore fan to visit theWarner Bros. Studios, where the series can step into the sets of the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley.
There’s a whole collection of authentic and original props used in the movies.
The studio tour was launched in Leavesden in 2012 and gives muggles the chance to experience the magic of filmmaking in the Wizarding World first hand.
Ticket prices start at £38 for children over four, and £47 for adults – with the option to add on extras.
King’s Cross Station
We were all utterly gobsmacked the first time we saw Percy Weasley glide through the wall at Platform 9 and three quarters.
In the movies, to get onto the platform the students must walk straight through the wall between platforms nine and ten.
But at the real King’s Cross, these platforms are separated by tracks – but you can find the magical platform on the wall in the station's concourse.
Recreate your own ‘hedwigging off to Hogwarts’ photo with the partial trolley protruding from the wall – and don’t forget Mrs Weasley’s advice to “do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous".
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Inside 'haunted' Cold War nuclear bunker that's now open to the public
Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle starred as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first two Harry Potter movies – The Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, and The Chamber of Secrets the following year.
Film fanatics will notice the Outer Bailey was where young Harry and his fellow classmates were taught how to fly broomsticks by Madam Hooch – which you can even have a go at yourself!
There are 25-minute broomstick training sessions included in the price of entry tickets, so you can learn to manoeuvre a broom on the very spot the Hogwarts students did.
The inner bailey is where Harry and Ron crash-landed the flying Ford Anglia, which led to a very angry howler from Molly in the second movie.
Visiting the 11th century castle will set you back £18.50 for an adult ticket, or £9.75 for children over the age of four.
Guests dare to stay at ‘haunted’ Airbnb that used to be old chapel and mental asylum
Many of Oxford University's buildings were used in the movies, andthis walking tourwill tell you everything you need to know about their involvement.
When the building is open, the tour takes visitors to the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library, which is where they filmed the infirmary and dance scenes.
The guide shares insight about actors, producers and JK Rowling’s inspirations before taking part in a Harry Potter quiz to test your knowledge of the books and films.
The Elephant House, Edinburgh
This quirky cafe has more than 600 elephants of all shapes and sizes to buy – perhaps inspiring some of the Wizarding World’s fantastic beasts.
The coffee shop opened in 1995, and was made famous as the place that JK Rowling sat writing many of her early books in the back room, overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
Open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, The Elephant House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a great spot to get a feel of where Rowling wrote some of the world-famous novels.
There’s no Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom, but the walls are covered in messages and tributes dedicated to the Harry Potter franchise.
Dobby’s Grave, Pembrokeshire
No fictional death hit harder than Dobby the house elf at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange.
An unofficial gravestone to the former Malfoy Manor slave can be found on Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire, which has been visited by Harry Potter fans from all over the world.
Around a third of the way across the beach where Dobby died, you can find a modest collection of painted pebbles amongst the sand dunes, where devoted Potterheads have paid their respects and left tributes at his ‘final resting place’.
Often the larger ‘headstone’ would be taken, so one Welsh woman made it her duty tomake new ones, replacing them each time they were stolen!
12 Picket Post Close, Berkshire
Harry Potter lived in the cupboard under the stairs at number 4, Privet Drive with his uncle Vernon, aunt Petunia, and cousin Dursley Dudley.
Whilst many will want to snap a selfie at the fictional address, number 12 Picket Post Close, in Martins Heron, is actually the real house used in the films.
The property went on the market in 2016 for £475,000, selling two years later for £435,000.
A previous owner of the home, Claire Powder, told Surrey Live: “At the time, we didn't know it was the Harry Potter house because there was none of the hype there is now.
“Me and my husband thought the house was ideal for a first-time buy! Only external shots were filmed in the close, internal shots were done on a film set.
“It is weird seeing my house in the film. People come and have their picture taken, and are very respectful.”
Featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Reptile House at ZSL London Zoo is where Harry discovers he can speak Parseltongue – the language of serpents in the films.
The Reptile House was built in 1926 on the site of the former Ape House, with interior and exterior shots seen in the movie.
During the iconic scene, Harry speaks, and frees a Burmese python – but the enclosure is actually home to the zoo’s blank mamba. There is a plaque beside the enclosure to commemorate the famous scene.
Millennium Bridge, London
The opening scene of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film sees Death Eaters flying over London, causing death and destruction in their path – including Millennium Bridge.
The footbridge was opened to the public in June 2000, linking Bankside to the City of London over the River Thames.
Muggles and magics alike can visit the landmark for free, with the closest tube station being Blackfriars – seven minutes away.
The Shambles, York
The Shambles, in York, is believed to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley, with its leaning buildings and cobblestone streets.
There are four Harry Potter inspired shops on the street that fans will likely want to visit, including The Shop That Must Not Be Named, The Potions Cauldron, The Boy Wizard and World of Wizardry.
Pick up a house hoodie – be it Gryffindor or Slytherin – and enjoy a bottle of butterbeer as you imagine you’re wandering down Diagon Alley or Hogsmead!
Junction 9 and ¾, Staffordshire
Junction 9 and ¾, in Wednesbury, is aptly named, situated around three quarters of a mile off the M6’s Junction 9.
The cafe opened in April 2021, kitted out with floating candlesticks, owls, broomsticks and potion bottles, as well as a mural of the flying Ford Anglia car that the owner, Jennie Bentley, painted herself.
The café has started to sell its first Harry Potter-inspired drink in the form of ‘ButterMead’, made of cream soda, butterscotch and a few secret ingredients, costing £3.80.
Leadenhall Market, London
You can find Leadenhall Market on the edge of Central London’s financial district. The beautiful building, where the market has stood since the Victorian era, was used to illustrate Diagon Alley in the first Harry Potter movie, when he and Hagrid are shopping for a wand.
The market is also home to 42 Bull’s Head Passage, which – once used as the entrance as The Leaky Cauldron – is now an opticians office.
Potteries Potions, Stoke-on-Trent
Set on The Strand, in Longton, Potteries Potions offers two floors of Harry Potter merchandise where shoppers can take a photo at Platform 9 and three quarters, and grab a selfie with He Who Must Not Be Named.
You can pick out your own wand, and buy a bar of Wizards Magic chocolate, created by the Phelps twins, who play Fred and George Weasley in the movies.
Even strongman Eddie Hall has taken his children to the magical store for a trip out and a photo on the Kings Cross replica.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
This stunning viaduct in the heart of the Scottish Highlands carries the railway 100ft above ground to Glenfinnan Station.
Many fans of the world-famous franchise will know this landmark to be the ‘bridge to Hogwarts’. And, if you catch a ride on The Jacobite steam train, you’ll really feel like a student of the magical school heading for your first term just like when Harry and Ron first met Hermione.
The Jacobite runs from Fort William to Mallaig, with adult day return tickets starting at £49 – or £69 for first class!
Georgian House Hotel, London
Fancy spending the night in the Gryffindor common room? The Georgian House Hotel, in London, has replicated the experience so that guests can feel like they’re part of the films.
Concealed on the lower ground floor, visitors of the 19th-century hotel pass through a portrait-lined passageway lit by candlelight to find their gothic-inspired rooms.
The smaller Enchanted Chambers can be found hidden behind a bookcase, with each room decorated with spell books, potions, cauldrons, trunks and faux castle details such as stained glass windows and stone walls.
And don’t forget to book in for the wizarding afternoon tea before you leave.
Seven Sisters Country Park, Sussex
The cliffs that give the Seven Sisters their name are made of chalk from the English channel, and are spotted in the fourth Harry Potter film, the Goblet of Fire.
The Seven Sisters are seen as Harry walks up the hill to find the boots that transported him and the Weasleys to the Quidditch World Cup.
There are regular rail services you can catch to visit this spectacular landmark, or the car park will cost just £4 for the day.
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