Ew at the Muggle world, am I right? We want to be chilling in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and checking out all of the secret passageways and getting lost on the moving staircases, and we’d even take a trip to Knockturn Alley if it meant that we didn’t have to pretend we were enjoying being around non-magic folk. Alas, our Hogwarts letter must have got lost in the mail, so we’ve had to just suck it up and see what the Muggle world is all about. As much as we hate every second. However, it turns out that there are some pretty awesome Harry Potter travel destinations all Muggles need to visit…
Glenfinnan Viaduct – Scotland, United Kingdom
Have you always dreamed of receiving your Hogwarts acceptance letter and making your way onto the Hogwarts Express on September 1? Yuh-huh, us too. While we’re still waiting for our complaint to be filed at the Ministry of Magic, we have decided to just take matters into our own hands – because you can actually ride the Hogwarts Express in real life! Well, kinda. You will probably recognize the Glenfinnan Viaduct from The Chamber of Secrets when Ron and Harry decided to fly a magical car above the Scottish highlands. However, the Hogwarts Express isn’t the only train to go over this beautiful bridge, because you can actually ride the Jacobite train on the same route. I mean, how cool is that?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios
If you haven’t been keeping up to date with The Daily Prophet, you won’t know that this is one of the most awesome places on the planet. Yet, if you class yourself as an OG Hazza P nerd, you should have already booked your tickets. You can find this magical world in Orlando, Los Angeles, and Japan – and you’ll probably want to visit all three. Just sayin’. These parks transport you into the Wizarding World without any use of Floo Powder, and you can spend hours having a wander through Hogsmeade and grabbing a Butterbeer in The Three Broomsticks, you can watch as the wand chooses the wizard in Ollivanders, and you can even go on a flying experience in Hogwarts itself. After all, we all know that it’s impossible to apparate within its walls.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour – London, United Kingdom
If you ever find yourself around the outskirts of London, you should definitely take yourself over to an industrial estate in the middle of nowhere for the day. Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be like a scene from Dexter. That’s actually where the Warner Bros. Studio Tour takes up its residence. This tour allows you to get up close and personal with the Harry Potter movies and will give you the chance to see the props and the movie sets with your very eyes. Yes, you can even try on some robes (because what more could you want?). Peruse the potions room or hiss as you walk past Professor Umbridge’s office for the ultimate tour experience.
The Elephant House – Scotland, United Kingdom
We can’t celebrate the magic of Harry Potter without celebrating the genius that is J.K Rowling, because this woman has basically made our lives 110% better. Yet, have you ever wondered where the idea of Harry Potter came to life? It seems as though ol’ Joanne loves a good coffee as much as we do because she actually started writing notes about the book series in this coffee shop. The Elephant House is still going strong today and sees countless Harry Potter fans through their doors every single year. If you do decide to visit this awesome destination for Harry Potter fans, make sure you take a permanent marker to join the other wannabe wizards who have written notes on the bathroom wall. This is a place where graffiti is totally okay.
King’s Cross Station – London, United Kingdom
Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t want to spend our day at a train station if we had the choice, but every Harry Potter fan just HAS to visit King’s Cross Station at some point in their lives. This train station is one of the most important locations within the Harry Potter universe, as even thinking about this place fills us with all of the feels. It’s where Harry met Ron and the Weasley’s for the first time on Platform 9 ¾, it’s the place where Harry met Dumbledore (and the piece of Voldemort’s soul) on THAT night, and it’s the place where Harry and Ginny said goodbye to their children 19 years later. So, it makes sense that you should visit this destination and take a photograph right next to the platform itself. It has to be done.
Don’t worry; we know that this is all pretty overwhelming. How do you decide which awesome Harry Potter destination you should visit first? It’s a tough choice, but we’re going to take the advice of Professor Trelawney and take a look in our dream journal to see if there are any hidden clues within our slumber that can help us decide. Hopefully, we won’t see the Grim while we’re at it…