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Leave the Muggle World Behind: Real Life Harry Potter Places

I’ve accepted my fate. I’m a muggle. For years I’ve waited for my letter to come flying through the door announcing my acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, that day will never come. Never will I get the chance to dine in the Great Hall, compete in a Quidditch match, or stroll through Diagon Alley. Luckily for me, the muggle world has 5 real places to fulfill my Hogwarts dreams.

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  1. Alnwick Castle, Alnwick—This old brick castle’s original use was to house the Duke of Northumberland. However, it grew even more famous when it became J.K. Rowling’s inspiration and a filming location for the world’s greatest school—Hogwarts.Platform 9 3_4
  2. Platform 9 ¾, London—Right in the center of King’s Cross Station lies Platform 9 ¾. Here you and Hedwig can try your luck in entering the wizarding world. Note: Yes, this is actually me in the photo. As you can see from the scarf, Pottermore told me I’m a Gryffindor. (Obviously.)australiahouse
  3. Australia House, London—The filming location of Gringott’s Wizarding Bank, minus the dragons and goblins. Although the building isn’t open to the public, you can still sneak a peek at the stunning marble inside.London Zoo
  4. London Zoo, London—In the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Dursleys’ visit to the Reptile House gave us the first glimpse of Harry’s ability as a Parseltongue. However, when you visit, please try to keep all venomous snakes behind the glass. Thank you.Christ's Church
  5. Christ’s Church, Oxford—An important central location of the HP series is the Great Hall. It’s where everyone dines each day, students first get sorted into their houses, and Dumbledore welcomes in each school year. Christ’s Church is the inspiration behind this coveted magical landmark and is a must-see for any real Potter fan.

 

I hope you get to discover all these attractions, and maybe you can even find a little magic in the muggle world.  

#nowyouknow UK Celtic Loop

Massive hills, plunging cliffs and bustling metropoli, the Celtic Loop seems to roll right off of legendary film strips. These destinations have set the scene for countless films and have birthed some of the most remarkable staples in popular culture like Harry Potter and Guinness beer.

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1) The Queen of England is super old. As reigning royalty, she’s seen 11 U.S. presidents occupy and leave the Oval Office.
2) London has set the scene for Harry Potter, James Bond and countless cinematic legends and is the third busiest film production city with over 14,000 shooting days.
3) London based best-selling artists like Adele and Coldplay account for a large percentage of the music industry’s profit, gaining more than $3 billion in worldwide sales last year.
4) Scotland’s Edinburgh is the second most popular European tourist destination behind London.
5) J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in an Edinburgh cafe. Surely, the magic still lingers.
6) The Edinburgh Castle is built upon an extinct volcano.
7) The Titanic was built in Belfast. In retrospect, someone really dropped the ball on that one.
8) Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” was first played live in Belfast. And so, the rock legend began.
9) Dublin is the home of Guinness beer. Over 10 million glasses of the famous brew are produced daily all around the world!
10) Vikings ruled Dublin for almost 300 years. And if you don’t already know, Vikings were pretty nuts”