This Harry Potter Bucket List Is Every Fan's Dream!
From London to Oxford, Northumberland to Scotland, how many of these can you tick off your list?
What with seven books, eight films, a West End play split into two halves, one magical theme park and a shedload of merchandise, it's really quite expensive being a Harry Potter super fan.
However, needs must and we have to troop on.
On the other hand, there's nothing more exciting than visiting a real life place that features in either the books or the films. Here's your ultimate guide to the most magical bucket list of all time.
Keep it with you at all times and tick off the things you've been to. Only real witches and wizards make them all...
Harry Potter Studios: This is the ultimate destination to see all of the props, costumes and sets used in all eight of the films. You'll leave it feeling simply magical.
The Reptile House at London Zoo: We're taking things way back to the beginning here, even before Hogwarts existed in our minds, to the time where Harry made the glass disappear setting a boa constrictor free and scaring the wits out of his cousin, Dudley Dursley. This is the location in both the books and the film.
Gringotts, Australia House: The filming location for the Wizarding bank that uses goblins to guard your money, is the Australian embassy on the Strand. Here's a heads up though; you won't be able to go inside unless you've got an Aussie visa.
Diagon Alley, Leadenhall Market: Eventually Diagon Alley was built in the Warner Bros. Studio in Watford. But in the Philosopher's Stone, the London market was used as the outside of the shops.
Grimmauld Place, Claremont Square: Take a trip to Claremont Square and you'll notice that the exterior of one of the buildings it the house of Harry's godfather, Sirius Black. It just so happens that his home also doubles up as the Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix.
Platform 9 3/4, Kingscross Station: If you head on over to Kingscross, you'll find platform 9 3/4 exactly where it should be - somewhere between platform 9 and 10.
Hogwarts' Great Hall, Christ Church in Oxford University: Although a studio replica was made for the films, author J.K. Rowling based the Great Hall at Hogwarts on this very place.
The Hospital Wing, Bodleian Library: Whilst you're in Oxford, make sure that you head over to the library at the university and you'll recognise it as the place where Madam Pomfrey helped nurse Colin Creevey and Hermione Grainger when they were petrified by the basilisk in The Chamber of Secrets.
Alnwick Castle featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films!! pic.twitter.com/nNfK6E6ijO— Katlyn Niebergall (@Katlyn_scobie1) 11 August 2016
Quidditch training grounds, Alnwick Castle: This is the place used to film the scenes where Oliver Wood taught Harry about bludgers, the quaffle and the golden snitch in the Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber Secrets. Although you can't play Quidditch, the castle does offer broomstick flight training classes!
Hogsmeade, Goathead in North Yorkshire: When the students disembarked from the Hogwarts Express and arrived at the station in Hogsmeade, it was actually the train station in the small town of Goathead in North Yorkshire.
Fort William, Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct, seen in Harry Potter films as the bridge used by the Hogwarts Express pic.twitter.com/iwuUBrkQDf— Tyler Schiller (@tylerjschiller) 11 August 2016
Hogwarts Express, The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber: This is where you'll find the famous bridge with many archways where the scarlet steam engine, the Hogwarts Express, rolls over on its way transporting students. The Jacobite steam train still runs for tourists so make sure you order your ticket!
The Balmoral Hotel: Although this location doesn't feature in the books or the film, it was where J.K. Rowling finished writing the final Harry Potter instalment. In one of the rooms she engraved on a marble bust: 'J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (652) on 11th Jan 2007.' The room is available to rent out.
The Elephant House: This is where the magic began. J.K. Rowling penned her first story in this cafe and what's happened since then? Well, the rest is history.
Greyfriar's Graveyard: This is where Tom Riddle's gravestone lies. If you're not too scared of the Dark Arts, check it out. Beware of horcruxes.
Shell Cottage, Freshwater West: This stunning bit of coastline was the backdrop for those soul destroying scenes in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 where Dobby the house-elf dies. Unfortunately, the cute cottage was taken down after filming but nevertheless, the magic is still alive on the beach.
Czocha Castle: Although this has no significance to the books or in the making of the films, this is the place where you are going to get your real life Hogwarts experience. Here you will be able to spend three nights living the life of a witch or wizard, attending classes and living in castle in the woods with turrets! You will even get sorted into a house! You'd be silly to miss this off your list.
If you manage to tick all of these off your list, you'll be feeling as epic as Harry.