There are only a few things that make me happier than getting dressed up in my Slytherin uniform, meeting other Harry Potter fans, and pretending for a day that I am an actual witch.
My eyes nearly popped out of my skull when I discovered I could practically create my own Harry Potter tour and visit many locations used in the films or even certain areas that were decorated to look like Diagon Alley and such.
Although I reside in Los Angeles, and most of these magical places are located in England, I don't feel discouraged. Perhaps it's time to get on a place and finally take that dream trip to England I've been meaning to take since I was eleven.
1. The Dursley's House
If you care to visit the horrible house of the Dursley's located on 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, then look around Picket Post Close, Berkshire. You'll find the house used in the films.
2. Reptile House
The scene in Sorcerer's Stone in which Harry takes a trip to the zoo and somehow is able to communicate with a snake is located in the London Zoo. I need to practice my Parseltongue before I make my way over.
3. Professor Flitwick's Charms Classroom
Before you head to the classroom that is actually located in Harrow Hall in Harrow School, make sure you know how to properly pronounce "wingardium leviosa."
5. Diagon Alley
Now that I've checked, it does seem I need to make a trip to Diagon Alley and pick up a few ingredients for potions, perhaps invest in a new broomstick, and the newest edition of Hogwarts, A History has been released. Borough Market might not have any of that, but it is the location used for Diagon Alley.
6. Platform 9 3/4
Don't be late and be sure to be as inconspicuous as you can when you rush through the wall. You don't want the Muggles around King's Cross Station getting suspicious.
Before you're prepared to spend money shopping at Diagon Alley, you'll have to make a stop at Gringotts to withdraw some wizarding currency. Gringotts was filmed in the Australia House, Strand.
8. The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley
If you're craving an Exploding Lemonade, then you have to make a stop at The Leaky Cauldron, which was actually filmed in Leadenhall Market just across the London Bridge.
9. Ministry of Magic
Great Scotland Yard at Scotland Place is where you need to head to if you wish to visit the Ministry of Magic. I don't know if they have parking for enchanted flying cars, however.
10. Take a Quidditch Lesson With Madame Hooch
Even if you still have your old Nimbus 2000, don't be shy! The scene in which Harry first learns how to ride a broomstick at the grounds of Alnwick Castle located in Northumberland, England.
11. Troll in the Dungeon!
Holy Hippogriff, am I happy that Professor Quirrell was fired after Harry's first year of Hogwarts. Not only did he have Voldemort attached to the back of his head, he also purposely led an enraged troll into Hogwarts. Remember when Ron said "wingardium leviosa" correctly for the first time? This scene was filmed in Gloucester Cathedral, England.
I will forever dream of a real-life Hogwarts, Ministry of Magic, Forbidden Forest, and so forth. I know visiting these picturesque locations will not only fill me with nostalgia of my childhood, but would also make me give me the hope that perhaps, just perhaps, the wizarding world truly exists.