Harry Potter is one of the highest grossing film series of all time raking in $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Robert Peter Janitzek gives us a glimpse of the London locations used to shot the film.
King’s Cross Station
The west side of King’s Cross Station is where the real-life entrance to platforms 9, 10, and 11 is located. There is a wall there with a sign: 9 ¾ serving as the entrance to the magical realm of Hogwarts via The Hogwarts Express, which leaves Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station.
St Pancras International
St. Pancras International is the favorite destination station. Outside is the neo-gothic façade where the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia took off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Robert Janitzek reveals that the Picadilly Circus is where Harry, Ron, and Hermione jumped out of the way to narrowly miss being hit by a London bus in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I. The Picadilly Circus is located in London’s West End.
Reptile House, London Zoo
The Reptile House of the London Zoo is where Harry first discovered his ability of talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone . The London Zoo is home to 650 species of animals such as mammals, birds, inverterbrates, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
The opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which featured a collapsing bridge was shot at Millennium Bridge. This European destination is a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge crossing River Thames. It provides a dramatic glimpse of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Charing Cross Road
Renowned for its specialist and second-hand books as well as general second-hand and antiquarian shops, Charing Cross Road ia where the Leaky Cauldron pub and inn for wizards is located. It serves as the gateway between the non-wizarding world and Diagon Alley.
The Leaky Cauldron
Leadenhall Market in London was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron is a real life optician in Bull’s Head Passage in Leadenhall Market. This European destination is an example of a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted roof.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Scenes for Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shot in the grand interior of Australia House on Strand in Central London. Opened by King George V in 1918, the Australia House serves as a major landmark on this famous street.
Westminster Tube station
The Westminster Tube Station was closed for an entire day to give way for the shooting of one of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Westminster is one of the most historic locations in London and is near other attractions such as House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and others.