If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you of course already know that in London you can easily spot a lot of the film’s locations but, what probably you don’t know, it is that few of them remain secret and not many people actually look for them as they are not part of the “official” tour.


Platform 9 3/4 – The Official spot vs The Real one

Well, if you follow the official info, you will find it at King’s Cross Station (rail, not international!), follow the direction for platform 9 and 10 and you will see plenty of people waiting to have their picture taken with the fake trolley studded into the wall next to The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4.


If you want to have your picture taken “running into the wall”, there are 2 photographers and 1 assistant available to suggest you the best poses, making you wear one of the 4 houses scarfs and holding it up in the air if you are up to attempt a jump!

But the real Platform 9 3/4 is actually on the opposite side of the station, in fact, platforms 4 and 5 have been renominated 9 and 10 for the films and the magic wall is most likely to be there in between facing the war memorial stands.


Diagon Alley and Leaky Cauldron entrance
The real Diagon Alley is located near Charing Cross Station in an alley called Cecil Court, an absolutely real magic place where you can find few very rare antique shops selling any sort of books and furnishings. 

Following the novels, the Leaky Cauldron entrance should be actually here but in reality, you will find it at 42 Bull’s Head Passage: it is the blue door which is now the storefront of an optician.

It is situated behind the stunning Leadenhall Market, the location of the original Diagon Alley filmed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This beautiful Victorian gem, is still an amazing, and very famous, a market place where during the week (no week ends!), you can find stalls selling any sort of flowers, cheese and delicatessen.

 

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