Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I am super excited about this week’s topic: Fandom Freebie. I immediately knew I had to do something with Harry Potter because that is the fandom that I love most! So I decided to share my top locations/experiences that every Harry Potter fanatic needs to see and do at some point in their lives. I must admit, a few of these I still need to check out. Enjoy!
If you’re a super nerd like me, you will love all of these from the touristy theme parks to actual film locations from the movies.
Harry Potter World: Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, Orlando // My sweet husband took me here a few years ago when we were in Florida. It’s amazing! The details in the shop windows and in line for the rides are incredible. You better believe I put on a robe and held several wands for pictures too!
Harry Potter World: Diagon Alley, Orlando // This park finished a few months after our trip ended. So we will have to check it out another year. But I head you can ride the Hogwarts Express between the parks and that the Gringotts Bank ride is awesome!
Frozen Butterbeer // This treat deserves it’s own place in the list. It’s that good. Hard to describe it other than a butterscotch Icee. But it is so so so so good!
King’s College, Oxford // The dining hall at this college is where they modeled the Great Hall of Hogwarts. I believe they filmed here then made some effects adjustments. I totally sat at on the tables pretending I was Harry’s best friend. And the staircase leading up to it also was in the 1st movie where Malfoy tells Harry to be careful choosing friends.
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford // I took a tour here with a friend back in 2011. The tour starts in the room where they filmed the hospital wing inside Hogwarts. And their incredible rare book library is also where they filmed the library of Hogwarts. You can’t take pictures up there because the books are so old and fragile. Which I find so cool!
Harry Potter Studio Tour // This is another super nerdy one. Yes, it’s expensive. Yes, it’s a bit out of London. And yes, I am totally dying to geek out over all the film props and sets and everything.
King’s Cross Station, Platform 9 and 3/4 // This one is so fun! They even have a trolley going through the platform so you can catch the Hogwarts Express. And get a great picture!
Millennium Bridge, London // This bridge is featured at the start of the 6th movie. And I think it is pretty cool in it’s own right. It spans the Thames near St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe too.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, parts 1 and 2 // This play is definitely on my bucket list now. I really enjoyed the screenplay but I can only imagine what experiencing this play would be like. Amazing! I have heard it is absolutely incredible, and I would love to experience it one day. Come to America!!
Okay, what did I miss fellow Potterheads?
And which are some of your favorite fandom locations?