If your family has read the books and seen the films many times over, how about stepping outdoors and having a Hogwart’s inspired day out.
Being big Harry Potter fans at the Kideeko Office, we love finding any little bit of Harry’s wizardry world when we are out and about, so we have put together a few ‘muggle musts’ for the whole family.
Alnwick Castle have daily broomstick training sessions on the very same spot where Harry and his friends had their first lesson in the film of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! There are entertaining Professors and Prefects who conduct the lessons, before the families are given time at the end to take some (very realistic!) pictures to impress their friends with.
Follow the film’s footsteps and take a guided walk to where some of the Harry Potter scenes were filmed. London Walks has guided walks that are suitable for all ages and wizard abilities that are interested in Harry Potter. “It's wizard. It's coming round a corner and there's the missing piece to the puzzle: the real thing. The bank. The packed-with-Potter-atmosphere gas-lit courtyard twice used by the Harry Potter production team. Platform 9 3/4. The mansion where the last tortured moments of Charity Burbage... London locations that got the fairy dust treatment. Prince of Potter guides, actor Richard Walker, has the perfect skill set for this walk: the great voice, flawless timing, a bit of edginess, lots of warmth.”
West Coast Railways is the place to travel to for a real Hogwart’s Express experience. Some of the carriages of ‘The Jacobite’ are those used in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. So, come and travel to Mallaig along the line used in the films, see the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, an unmistakeable landmark for all Harry Potter fans.
Oxford is home to Christ Church College where The Great Hall became Hogwart’s Hall for the Harry Potter films. Visit chch.ox.ac.uk to learn who else was inspired by the spectacular Great Hall and for visiting information.
Gloucester Cathedral, Lacock Abbey and Durham Cathedral all have stunning architecture and so were also used as backdrops for the Harry Potter films. They are worth a visit just to soak up some of their beautiful atmosphere and the children will enjoy seeing if they can spot which areas were used and whose footsteps they might be following.
Of course the ultimate wizardry wonderland has to be Warner Bros Studio Tour. This one’s magic is best kept as a surprise so we won’t spoil it by giving anything away.Visit wbstudiotour.co.uk for booking details.