Talking about Harry Potter may be a liitle too late since the last leg of the series has been shown in theaters several weeks ago. Believe it or not, I just recently watched it! Haha! I purposedly didn’t join the bandwagon. For me, movies are for leisure or to relieve stress even for a few hours, so I definitely want to watch at my own time and in my preferred seat. Well, getting a nice seat was close to impossible during the first week of Harry Potter in cinemas. Haha! With the long lines in almost all the theaters, I didn’t even bother to squeeze myself in. LOL! To be honest, I’m not really a big Harry Potter fan. I tried reading the first book, but after 10 pages, I stopped. I like the story, but I’d rather watch it in movies. Haha! So, what’s this post all about? Well, I still grew up with it. I can still remember looking forward on what’s going to happen in the next movie. I’m one of those who had to wait for a year since, as I said earlier, I didn’t read any of the books. Watching the last movie, made me a little bit sentimental. Hello, just look at the characters and compare them now from the first Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)! Geesh, I can’t believe they were kids then, which also means, I’ve grown old with them! Haha!
Anyway, being sentimental and thinking that I won’t be waiting for a new Harry Potter movie in the next years to come, I began to look back at my photos when I was in UK. Oh, and I’ve seen in the news that there are a lot of tours specifically designed for Harry Potter sights around the UK now. And yes, there are a lot of people availing them! As I dig into my albums, I remember visiting places where some of the Harry Potter scenes were shot. Here are some of my photos. Enjoy!
Who would forget the King’s Cross Station? It’s the train station to Hogwarts! This is where Hagrid gave Harry a train ticket to Hogwarts for the very first time.
And yes, there really is a platform 9 3/4! On the way to platform 9, there’s this wall with a sign “PLATFORM 9 3/4″ and a luggage cart that seems to be passing through the wall! Well, obviously, it’s just for photo op. Hehe!
Can you guess what this is in the Harry Potter movie?
It’s the magical Diagon Alley, where wizards or witches buy almost everything they need, like their wands.
I can still remember getting lost as I look for this Leadenhall Market!
Can you still remember the Half-Blood Prince where Death Eater attacks? Behind me is the Millennium Bridge where that scene was shot. I remember this place was just a walk away from where I lived.
Some of the outdoor scenes in Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince were taken in Scotland. To be specific, they were shot in Scottish Highlands. Well, I wasn’t really able to see the exact shooting location in Scotland since we stayed in the city of Edinburgh.
But did you know that J.K. Rowling worked on the Harry Potter books at Edinburgh? This is where it all started. It’s also believed that the author used many parts of the city as her inspiration.
Now, let’s jump off to Oxford… Yes, this is Oxford and everything was just picturesque! I was like in a fairytale setting!
In Oxford, there’s the Bodleian Library. It was used as one of Hogwart’s interior in the movie. In the Goblet of Fire, this was where Mad-Eye Moody turned Draco into a ferret.
In the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the kids went up this stone staircase leading to the Great Hall.
Last but not the least, who wouldn’t recognize Hogwart’s dining hall, which was used in the Harry Potter series??? This is the hall of Christ Church, which is smaller in reality than what we see in the movies. Amazing!
These are only some of my photos. Sharing everything here would probably take me forever! LOL! I was just inspired to post some of the must-visit Harry Potter sights in the UK. Now, I’m getting even more sentimental. Going through all these pictures makes me want to go back. I believe I’ve said a few times here in my blog how much I love this place. I just feel so at home here. If there’s one place I’d call my second home, it would probably be London. Wishing I could be back soon…