“Potterversity”: “A Harry Potter History Holiday”

Hop on a tour of the UK this summer to see Harry Potter and more beloved works of fantasy come to life.



On this episode, sponsored by History Bites Tours, Katy and Emily speak with History Bites founder Solomon Schmidt about the literary-inspired tour of England and Scotland he’ll be leading in July. Solomon is the author of eight books in his History Bites series and host of the History Bites YouTube channel. In addition to his interest in history, he incorporates his love of fantasy literature, including Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia, into his travel itineraries to take fans to relevant landmarks.

In just eight days, Solomon will lead fans through London, Oxford, Edinburgh, and more to discover sites of significance to Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling, as well as filming locations for the Harry Potter films. From Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to the Hogwarts Express, the tour lets travelers immerse themselves in fantasy, visiting the pubs and cafes the writers frequented and breathtaking natural and historic wonders. We’ve previously discussed the transcendent experience of Harry Potter fan pilgrimages, and this tour offers just that opportunity.

Check out the History Bites website for more information on registering for the trip of a lifetime.

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Laurie Beckoff

My Harry Potter journey began in 2000 when I was six and continued through a bachelor's thesis and master's dissertation on medievalism in the series. I'm a Gryffindor from New York City with a passion for theatre, fantasy, Arthurian legend, and science fiction.