January can be a slow month for the whole family. For children, it means Christmas is over and it’s back to school, while adults will be concerned with getting up for work in the dark and cold mornings.
But what better way to chase away the January blues than a visit to Hogwarts? The month may be a trying one for old and young across the UK, but Hogwarts in Snow reminds you of how magical the colder weather can be.
The incredibly successful Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts a very special event at this time of year.
Perfect for anyone – young or old – that isn’t ready to see the end of the festivities just yet, Christmas trees glitter all along the Great Hall and a replica feast is laid out on the long tables.
For the first time ever this year, there will also be a section transformed for the Yule Ball that features in Goblet of Fire. Expect snow, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments.
It means even those who have done the studio tour before can discover something new and exciting by visiting in January. You’ll need to be quick though, as the winter magic is only at Hogwarts until January 28th.
Of course, London has much more to offer Harry Potter fans than just the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
With much of the Muggle world based in London, there are locations all across the city that you can get a taste of the film magic.
St Pancras Station is the location from which Ron and Harry fly the infamous Ford Anglia and also features as the main building in the films when wizards and witches catch the Hogwarts Express. Meanwhile, Kings Cross Station is home to Platform 9 3/4. There’s even a shop there now, so you can treat yourself to a souvenir to take home with you.
Westminster Tube Station, Piccadilly Circus and Tower Bridge have also been integral landmarks in the Harry Potter films. If you are already familiar with these iconic places, why not step a little off the tourist trail?
Leadenhall Market is a covered Victorian market that was used for much of Diagon Alley and, if you look carefully enough, you’ll see the blue door that takes you to the Leaky Cauldron in Bull’s Head Passage.
With so much to see and do, the last thing you want to worry about is travel. Coach travel is an affordable and straightforward way to take the whole family to the capital, leaving you free to plan how best to spend your time.
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