Top 10 Locations in London Where Harry Potter Was Filmed

Top 10 Locations in London Where Harry Potter Was Filmed

London is known for its classic ambience with a modern twist of futuristic landmarks, setting it apart as one of the finest filming locations. And that’s the reason plenty of Harry Potter scenes were filmed at certain locations across the city. From the iconic platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross to the Leadenhall Market, London alone boasts several locations where the thrilling scenes of Harry Potter were filmed.

Let’s take you on a fascinating ride through these renowned locations and lesser-known facts about the kind of scenes shot there. But if you’re more into experiencing the magical world of Harry Potter, head to the Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden. Enjoy four hours of magical exploration throughout the studios where you get to try out your favourite characters’ costumes and walk along the iconic sets.

Let’s get started with our list of top 10 locations in London where Harry Potter was filmed:

1. Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station

Location: King’s Cross, Euston Road, London N1 9AL

Remember that “penetrable” brick wall which was basically the entrance to the magical journey to Hogwarts? Part of the scene featuring platform 9 ¾ in the film was actually shot at the King’s Cross station. The students would walk or run through one of the walls at the station to enter the platform and board the train to Hogwarts.

At the station, you can see a half-trolly apparently penetrated into the wall. Capture some pictures posing as if you were all set to walk through the wall. You can also buy Harry Potter souvenirs like robes, wands, artefacts, and other magical objects from a shop nearby.

2. Reptile House at ZSL London Zoo

Location: Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

Can you recall the initial scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where Harry spoke to a snake in Parseltongue? If you closely remember, he was on a visit to a zoo nearby in the “muggle world”, and that was before Hogwarts was even a thing for him. This scene was shot at the Reptile House at ZSL.

The snakes and other amphibians in the scene weren’t the props, but rather the actual reptiles at a functional zoo. You can always head to the zoo to imitate that famous Parseltongue scene. However, there’s an entry ticket to the zoo that comes with a little fee.

3. Claremont Square

Location: 23-29 Claremont Square, Islington, London N1 9LX

Imagine having to visit a place that served as the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix from 1995 to 1997. You guessed it right, it’s the Grimmauld Place, which was also home to the Black family (notably the residence of Sirius Black). Although it was invisible to muggles in the film, there’s a one-off ticket to take a look at it for a Harry Potter enthusiast like you.

Find your way down to Claremont Square in Islington. Take a quick tour of the exact houses where the Order of Phoenix used to meet and convene.

4. St. Paul’s Cathedral

Location: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

One of the most iconic landmarks of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral has served as a fitting location for several films over the years. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the huge dome of the Cathedral was shown to have an intricate pattern of staircase. This staircase led to the Divination class of Professor Trelawney.

Well, we remember that class from Hermoine’s classy way of storming out of the classroom. What makes you remember this scene? The goofiness of Professor Trelawney or the spectacular architecture of the Cathedral?

5. Millennium Bridge of London

Location: Thames Embankment, London

The sixth instalment of the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, begins with a thrilling scene filmed at Millennium Bridge. The Death Eaters showed no sign of hindrance in dismantling this bridge completely, announcing the return of You Know Who.

In real life, this bridge is an engineering marvel and offers an amazing sightseeing experience against the backdrop of the River Thames. Visit the bridge, capture some amazing photos, and relive those stirring scenes of the film.

6. High Commission of Australia, London

Location: Strand, London WC2B 4LA

Well, that sounds like a pretty odd location to shoot a movie scene, doesn’t it? You might change your mind once you get to know that this magnificent building served as a location for Gringotts Wizarding Bank. We had a detailed view of the bank’s interior, aka the Australian High Commission’s interior, in the last film of the series.

The captivating interior of the building’s exhibition hall was the exact location that represented the main hall of Gringotts Bank. Remember that elegant walkway to the manager’s desk where Harry, Ron, and Hermoine (disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange) pulled off a successful robbery? The scene was shot right inside the High Commission’s hall.

7. Leadenhall Market

Location: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

This magnificent building with Victorian Architecture was one of the settings for Diagon Alley. The Alley’s most scenes were shot at the Warner Bros. Studios in the later movies. However, the Harry Potter universe’s first ever Diagon Alley scene, depicting the true hustle and bustle of the market, was shot here at Leadenhall. Well, that tells a lot about that cobblestoned Alley and the amount of effort the filmmakers had to put in for the varying scenes of that wizard’s market.

8. Scotland Place

Location: London SW1

The Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter universe had a unique entrance. Can you guess how? If you can remember closely, the wizards used to enter a red telephone booth-like structure, dial certain numbers, and boom! They’d be transported straight to the Ministry’s headquarters.

In the film, the booth was placed between two buildings, now known as the “Scotland Place”. The location is real but the booth was just a movie prop that you can explore on your visit to Warner Bros. Studio tour.

9. Lambeth Bridge

Location: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 7SG

Who can forget that silly yet fascinating scene of the Wizarding World’s Triple Decker bus squeezing in between muggles’ two double-decker red buses? Yes, we’re talking about the beginning of the Prisoner of Azkaban.

This iconic scene was shot on Lambeth Bridge against the enchanting backdrop of the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. Visiting the bridge is certainly a visual treat, especially during the Golden Hour in the afternoon.

10. Piccadilly Circus

Location: London W1J

Remember Bill and Fleur’s wedding in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and its unfortunate ending due to Death Eater’s attack? Harry, Ron, and Hermoine made a quick escape from the wedding and arrived at a location near London’s West End. The exact location was the Piccadilly Circus. The most notable thing about this apparate scene was that they almost bumped into a No. 19 bus.

Conclusion

These were the enchanting real-life locations where some of the unforgettable Harry Potter scenes were filmed.

If you want a more realistic tour of the Harry Potter world where you get to witness behind-the-scenes magic, handle props, and try out some costumes, why not visit Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden?

During this 4-hour fulfilling trip to the studios, enjoy a leisurely walk through those remarkable locations that we saw on the screens as Dumbledore’s Office, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Great Hall, and Forbidden Forest. The fun and magic are almost unending on this short trip. Get in touch with Roam Around London for detailed itineraries and further information.

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