I found myself caught under the Potter spell in 1999 when aged 34 I for some strange reason read the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Potter fans will know it strange as this is the third book in the series, with the majority of the characters and a large slice of the plot laid out in the first two books.
The fact that it stood up as a stand-alone novel, perhaps speaks volumes for the writing skill of Joanne Rowling. I was certainly entranced and soon diving backwards for Philosopher’s Stone & Chamber of Secrets.
So what has Potter got to do with travel? Quite a lot actually. The worlds collide in London, Scotland, Porto and other interesting places through film locations, sites that inspired Rowling and venues that have jumped on the wizarding bandwagon.
I have bumped into a few over the last few years by default or design and have & will share links to them on this page from time to time.
The cafe where Harry was developed
The Hogwarts Express railway line
Platform 9 ¾
King’s Cross Station’s smarter neighbour
A legend is born + Hogwarts inspiration at the Duke’s Palace?
The film’s props and studio locations
Graphic designs from the film series & The History of Magic
As well as the superb scenery at the studios, outdoor shots of Diagon Alley in the films were located at historic Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
The market started in the 14th Century selling meat, poultry, game and fish and was used to depict the famous wizarding shopping street that features such outlets as the Leaky Cauldron pub, Gringotts Bank, Ollivander’s Wand Shop and Flourish & Blott’s Book Shop.