It has been more than two decades since JK Rowling&rsquos first book on the Boy Who Lived was released worldwide. Here's a look at 10 places across the world that bring alive the magic of the Potter world.
Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Hogwarts grounds may be off-limits for apparition (honestly, Ron, don&rsquot you read), but we have found you a secret passageway. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Universal Studio&rsquos gift to Potterheads. Take a ride on a dragon-turned-rollercoaster, go on a Hogwarts tour with simulated Harry, Ron and Hermione, shop for chocolate frogs at Hogsmeade and buy a wand at Ollivanders in Diagon Alley&mdashjust don&rsquot get into a fight with Malfoy, will you
The park is in Orlando, Florida and in Osaka, Japan. Find out more here.
Ride The Hogwarts Express
Who said you need a letter from Hogwarts to take the Hogwarts Express train Start your journey at the King&rsquos Cross station where the train takes off. Then, take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (which was painted red for the movies). Lastly, visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct where the iconic shot of the Express steaming its way towards Hogwarts is shot in the movies.
Check Out The Locations
Hogwarts is one place that all Potterheads dream of visiting. Though that might never happen, we can always go to places where different segments of Hogwarts were shot. One can go to Oxford, the place where Harry danced on the Yule Ball or the Black Park where we see the trio and Fangs lurking in the Forbidden Forests. If you are a Quidditch fan, visit the Alnwick Castle where Harry and Malfoy slugged it out for the snitch in an action-packed match between Gryffindor and Slytherin. Also, make your way to the Durham and Gloucester Cathedrals where other parts of Hogwarts were shot.
Hang Out At Hagrid's House
Among the hills of Glencoe in Scotland, overlooking the Torren Lochan and the Signal Rock forest was where our favourite giant&rsquos entire hut was set up for the movies. Hagrid&rsquos welcoming abode was surrounded by the lush green forest, which over the years has become a coveted spot.
Every year, new wizards and witches would go through the congested streets of Diagon Alley to purchase their books and clothes. Leadenhall Market could be called London&rsquos very own Diagon Alley for muggles, and was partly used for shooting in the first film. Take 10 minutes to walk through the place and see if you can spot shades of the wizarding marketplace here.
Here Lies Dobby
This one&rsquos a little emotional, but talk of Harry Potter is incomplete without his trusted friend and elf, Dobby. In the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, Dobby was shown being buried by hand by Harry near the fictional Shell Cottage. This scene has been shot on Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and is visited often by fans to give Dobby, the free elf, socks and flowers.
Walk The Millenium Bridge
Playing a part in the sixth movie of the Harry Potter franchise, the Millennium bridge is rocked to its core by a gang of Death Eaters marking the beginning of Voldemort&rsquos reign of terror. You can visit this iconic suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames.
Stay At The Georgian House For All The Feels
Give the plain ol&rsquo hotel rooms a rest, and camp at Georgian House in London. This hotel has a special Wizard Chamber. This almost Hogwarts-like dorm room disguised as a hotel room is hidden behind a bookcase, and has everything a witch and wizard needs&mdash cauldrons, trunks, stone archways. fireplaces, and ofcoursee, a hearty breakfast.
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Visit An Ancient Bookstore In Portugal
Livraria Lello in Portugal a bookstore conjured right out of imagination—filled from head to toe with bookcases with a grand burgundy staircase that leads to further books. Rumour has it that when JK Rowling was teaching in Portugal, she visited this store and was inspired by its staircase for the series.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour
Go through an original Harry Potter studio tour at Warner Bros. in London. See breathtaking sets, original costumes, and authentic props that were adorned by your favourite stars. Discover the artistry in every stitch of the Wizarding world while you visit the Great Hall and Diagon Alley as well.