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.
- 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 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.)
- 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, 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, 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.