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Saturday, December 10, 2011

London for Families, Part IV: You're a Wizard, Harry

by Jenna Storey 
Exploring London with the little ones? There's plenty to keep kids entertained, from educational museums to family friendly live shows to exciting hands-on activities. Here are some ideas to get you started! Talk to your FROSCH Travel agent (or use our Find A Travel Agent tool) for more great London ideas!
Harry Potter: "Can we find all this in London?"
Hagrid: "If yeh know where to go."

Leadenhall Market.
Photo by Flickr user Jim Linwood.
After Harry Potter’s adventure started at Number 4 Privet Drive, Hagrid took him straight to London to get everything he need to start at Hogwarts, and you can follow in his footsteps! The first thing every wizard needs is money, so why not head to the Australian High Commission--I mean Gringotts! The High Commission actually served as the interiors for the famous wizard bank. Although the building is not open to the public, you may just be able to sneak a peek through the doors. 

Then, over to Leadenhall Market which was used as the setting Diagon Alley.  Keep an eye out on Charing Cross Road for what could possibly be the Leaky Cauldron. Watch out for Death Eaters as you wander through Trafalgar Square. Look for the visitors entrance to the Ministry of Magic across from Great Scotland Yard. Make a tight squeeze past the Knight Bus on the Labeth Bridge. Make sure to cross the Millennium Bridge before the Death Eaters make it collapse! 

Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross Station.
Photo by Flickr user Kat Clay.
Finally, arrive at King’s Cross Station for a visit to platform 9 and ¾. It may not look exactly right because the exterior of St. Pancras Station was actually used for the exterior shots. For more Harry Potter goodies, check out Warner Brothers Studio Tour in March 2012 for all the behind-the-scenes magic of the films, including Dumbledore’s office, Harry’s Nimbus 2000, Hagrid’s motorcycle, the Gryffindor common room, and many other memorable sets from the series! 

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