Harry Potter-themed lands, parks and experiences around the world

Harry Potter’s influence has spread from Little Whinging and gone global, as JK Rowling’s creative magic captures imaginations across the globe.

With the news that a Harry Potter themed earth is arrives at Warner Bros World Abu Dhabiwe explore other lands, parks and experiences that are worth adding to your bucket list.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, United States

The best known is of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which exists in Universal Studios theme parks around the world.

Orlando, Florida is home to the most famous, where you can step into Gringotts Bank for a roller coaster ride worthy of a death-defying dragon escape. Others might want to take a stroll down Diagon Alley, where visitors can purchase a wand from Ollivanders – which can be used to take a few spins around the park at interactive locations – or grab a bite to eat at Leaky Cauldron, before to proceed to platform 9¾ to take the train to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle.

There are also theme parks in Tokyo, Beijing and California, but none as large or complex as the one in Orlando. In Japan you will find a village of Hogsmeade, but also the black lake and living owls, which are not seen in the other versions.

The Flight of the Hippogriff and 3D Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey roller coasters can be found in all places.

Harry Potter theme park, England

England is the home of Harry Potter and therefore a fan’s world tour is not complete without a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour London.

Here you can go behind the scenes to see how all eight films were made, highlights include a broom ride, standing on platform 9¾ and riding a replica of the Hogwarts Express.

Not to mention seeing the props and costumes used in the movies up close and even visiting the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and the Chamber of Secrets.

Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the Forbidden Forest and see Buckbeak and other magical creatures.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

JK Rowling’s eighth book was a play set 19 years after the events of the 2007 novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the original series finale.

Albus Severus Potter, Harry’s son, who himself is now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, is about to start his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The critically acclaimed stage production can be seen in theaters in London, Hamburg, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco and Toronto in one or two parts.

Hogwarts Express

UK, Scotland, Highland, Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, part of the West Highland Line, The Jacobite Steam Train, made famous in JK Rowling's Harry Potter as the Hogwarts Express.  Getty Images

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is featured in the Chamber of Secrets and prisoner of azkaban and muggles can hop on the Jacobite Steam Train from Scotland, the same company that supplied the engine and cars used in the film, and back.

It’s a 135 kilometer round trip that departs from Fort William and takes travelers through familiar scenery, including the Viaduct and Loch Shiel, which is seen in films as Hogwarts’ Black Lake.

Godric’s Hollow

It was Harry Potter's home in Godric's Hollow in the movies.  Photo: Airbnb

Visitors can stay in the home of Harry, James and Lily Potter in Godric’s Hollow.

It is located in the center of pretty Lavenham, a medieval village in England with over 300 protected heritage properties.

It is owned by Jane Ranzetta, who has lived there with her family for three decades.

In 2017 the house went on sale for nearly £1million, but finding a buyer was difficult. Now fans can spend a night there by booking on Airbnb or through the Of Maison Vere website.

You can book a private room in the house for two people, with a four-poster bed, an en-suite bathroom, a television and WiFi access. There is also a private guest lounge and interior garden, as well as a traditional Suffolk breakfast.

Scroll through the gallery below to see fans celebrate the 25th anniversary from the exit of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

Updated: November 11, 2022, 11:47 a.m.

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