HP Fan Trips participant
HP Fan Trips participant

Pottering around Britain 'Hogwarts' style

  June 16, 2004 at 8:44 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via New Zealand Herald)
  hogwarts express, hp fan trips, harry potter travel, harry potter tourism


A bunch of fan sites were mentioned yesterday in a New Zealand Herald articleopens in new window detailing the different options available when considering a Harry Potter themed tour of the United Kingdom.

HP Fan Tripsopens in new window received a nod and was included among other tours, detailing their special "Quidditch" game and exclusive ride on steam engine #5972 (the actual "Hogwarts Express" train from the movies):

So great is the Pottermania that every possible place where scenes from the films have been shot has been carefully tracked, documented and placed on a tour itinerary for fans from around the world.

Unfortunately you've just missed HP Fan Trips' special 6-day tour, including a ride on the Hogwarts Express and all sorts of wizard activities, to mark the release of The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Hogwarts Express
HP Fan Trips rides the real "Hogwarts Express"

Among the many Harry Potter fan sites on the Internet which keep close track of places associated with the young wizard are: sites dedicated to actor Daniel Radcliffeopens in new window who plays Harry Potter or DanRadcliffe.comopens in new window, the Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator [that's us!], FictionAlleyopens in new window, MuggleNetopens in new window, UK Harry Potteropens in new window, Harry Potter Lexiconopens in new window, DarkMarkopens in new window, Diagon Alleyopens in new window, Wizard Newsopens in new window and the self-proclaimed official Harry Potteropens in new window site.

The Herald goes into great detail about where you can find the real Gringott's Bank (Australia House), Platform 9 3/4 (King's Cross), and the entrance hall to Hogwarts (Christ Church in Oxford). Coincidentally, HP Fan Trips went to several of these locations during the trip, which you'll be able to read about (and see pictures of!) shortly.

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