For a whole generation of children there can’t be many more famous trains than the Hogwarts Express.
The famous train appeared in the Harry Potter books and films, picking up Harry and his friends (and some enemies) from platform 9 ¾ to take them to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Film fans will have flocked to the Warner Brothers Studio in London to see the Hogwarts Express which was housed in a 20,000ft expansion to the tour. It was the perfect photo opportunity for fans and muggles alike as they got to climb aboard the train.
Kings Cross in London also has a section dedicated to Platform 9 ¾ that is often crowded with tourists who take the opportunity to get their photos taken next to a trolley that cleverly disappears into the wall making it look like you are going to burst onto the magical platform at any second.
The train that actually featured in the films is called the Jacobite and it is possible for fans to take a trip on the famous locomotive.
Located in Scotland the journey will take you from Fort William and takes you along some of the most breathtaking scenery the UK has to offer including Britain’s highest mountain and deepest freshwater loch.
The train also crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films and has since become a popular tourist attraction.
As well as making the most of the Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter fans can explore numerous filming locations around the UK. Near Fort William you will have the opportunity to visit the location that Hagrid’s Hut was filmed at in Glen Coe.
If you find yourself in London you will have countless excellent Harry Potter filming locations to make the most of. As well as the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio tour located just a short train ride from London, you will be able to visit London Zoo where the reptile house featured a young Harry Potter speaking parseltongue for the first time.
Australia House was used as Gringotts while a number of other locations can be found either by searching online or taking one of the great guided Harry potter location tours that are available around the city.
With so much to see and do for Harry Potter fans in the UK it is little wonder that people are travelling from all around the world to sample it. If you do visit the tour at Warner Bros. studios don’t forget to pick up a wand and a chocolate frog in the gift shop.