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Great Days Out For Harry Potter Fans

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The Harry Potter books and movies have become a massive worldwide hit and have attracted hoards of fans of all ages.  It sometimes feels like there really is an alternative reality somewhere which is inhabited by wizards and that the rest of us truly are muggles.  Such is the draw of this franchise that people flock from far and wide to visit anything related to Harry Potter. If you want to make a day of it yourself here is how you can do it.

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London Walks
Many of the filming locations for the Harry Potter movies were in London and you can pay them a visit by taking a stroll with London Walks. The company offer two different tours, “ Harry Potter Filming Locations in the City” and “Harry Potter On Location in Londontown”.  Choose to visit the sights and sounds of the City or the West End with an entertaining guide to enlighten you on the filming locations, insider filming secrets and the history of the capital as you pass by some of its most iconic buildings. An engrossing couple of hours for fans of Harry Potter or those with an interest in the history of the London, these tours are a bargain at just £9 per person and there is no need to book.

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If walking is not your cup of tea then consider a bus tour instead. Let a luxury air conditioned vehicle transport you to many of the London filming locations on a 3 hour tour of the capital which costs £25. Visit Kings Cross Station, Grimauld Place and the sites used for the Leaky Cauldron before finding the entrance to the Ministry of Magic and the exterior of Gringotts Bank. Travellers are invited to dress for the part in themed costumes and have the chance to purchase Harry Potter merchandise at the conclusion of the tour.

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Warner Bros Studio Tour
“The Making of Harry Potter” is the ultimate experience for any Potter enthusiast! The studios are located 20 miles from central London in Herfordshire and are just 3 miles from the M1 and M25. The attraction has proved to be an enormous hit and so you may need to book some time in advance to secure a place. The tour affords the opportunity to see many of the sets from the films including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Diagon Alley and most notably the Great Hall which opens the tour in dramatic style. The hall, complete with props from the films including the paintings and huge oak furniture, is visited with the aid of a guide but once you have passed through the Great Hall you can take the rest of the tour at your own pace and stay as long as you wish. The studios are packed full of props from the movies and demonstrations of filming techniques and you can even stop for some refreshments including trying the legendary butter beer.

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If you love Harry Potter or want to treat someone else who does then you have some superb choices for enjoyable days out and you don’t have to break the bank. Whether walking in London or touring the studios you are sure to find plenty to interest you and your family and friends.

Sally Stacey is a keen blogger who writes on many interesting topics. Check her out now on Google+

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