Why It’s Okay That the UK Doesn’t Have a “Harry Potter” Theme Park
With the recent opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood joining the other parks located in Florida and Japan, we in the UK wonder if a theme park is heading our way sometime soon. However, we already have so many Harry Potter-related places, we don’t need a theme park. The UK was where the series was written and filmed, so we have a lot more unique Harry Potter-related locations than the rest of the world.
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour
The studio tour allows visitors to see the sets, costumes, and props used in the films. In addition, the tour reveals some of the special effects used in the production of the films and lets you experience some of it. One of the attractions includes the opportunity to “fly” in front of a green screen.
There are a number of tours that take you to filming locations in London and give out fun facts as well. However, if you don’t want to go on a set tour, you can explore it on your own. There are several Harry Potter locations in London, including Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross station, the Millennium Bridge, the London Zoo, and several more.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The highly anticipated play opens in London during the summer. Although the script will be published over the summer, it would be amazing to see it live.
- The Elephant House
The very location where J.K. Rowling penned Harry Potter. The café not only serves food and drinks but is also filled with Potter memorabilia. The bathrooms are unique and filled with Potter graffiti or messages thanking J.K. Rowling for her books. As long as you have a pen, you can add your own words to this fan-favorite location.
- Filming Locations
The movies were filmed in the UK, and many of the locations used are free for visitors to see. There are locations all over the country; from Sussex to Scotland, so many Brits will probably have something close to them.
There are several steam trains that resemble the Hogwarts Express, allowing you to pretend that you’re on your way to Hogwarts. The Jacobite Steam Train even uses a little bit of the route the Hogwarts Express did in the movie.
Have you been to any of these locations? What did you think of them? Are there any others that I left out? Let us know in the comments!