Harry Potter may have started off as a creation of literary imagination, but over the years has become very real to many people. Thanks to the success of the books and the films (not to mention the excellent marketing), Harry Potter has entered into our collective imagination and achieved cult status. And in a few years time, the books will probably be hailed as a classic. Already, there are talks of including the books as part of the syllabus and I saw quite a few blog posts recently on “management lessons learnt from Harry Potter”.
So it is no surprise that Harry Potter is also an attraction for tourists to the UK who try to visit places from the books as well as places where they were filmed. There are guided tours which undertake Harry Potter tours for the besotted tourist/fan. For example, London Walks (which conducts guided walks in and around London), has three different Harry Potter walking tours (you can read more about them here).
Now, while I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books, I am not a great fan of the Harry Potter films. So while I did not join any of the guided Harry Potter tours, it didn’t stop me getting all excited whenever I chanced upon a location during the course of my travels.
The next “Harry Potter” photograph is only one that I actively sought out like a tourist.
It was wonderful to visit these locations and try to imagine them as film sets and match the scenes from the films to the locations. 🙂 However, there were also many film locations that I did not visit. Likewise, there were locations described in the books, that I visited but did not photograph—for example, the Forest of the Dean and Tottenham Court Road (from the last Harry Potter book).
Have you visited any of the locations from Harry Potter (either the book or the film)? I’d love to see your photographs too.