It has been 20 magical years since the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published (in fact, British publishing house Bloomsbury will be releasing two new Harry Potter books on 20th October 2017).
For all the Potterheads out there looking to re-kindle their love with The Boy Who Lived, HomeAway®, the world leader in vacation rentals, has put together properties that are a quidditch-toss away from the original filming locations in the movie adaption of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
If that’s not enough to satisfy your inner wizard/witch, HomeAway also has recommendations of properties where you can live like your favourite characters in the series. You can take your pick between living as lavishly as the Malfoys or cozying up in a The Burrow like the Weasleys!
This self-contained Victorian Apartment on HomeAway is a mere 5-minute walk from Leadenhall Market, which happens to be the original filming location of Diagon Alley! This was where Harry Potter had his first taste of the wizarding world, with magical shops selling anything from flying broomsticks and cauldrons, to magic wands and books. Visit the many pubs and bars located in this market with your friends as this apartment is perfect for up to 6 guests. Anyone up for a Butterbeer?
Sometimes also known as the Dark Forest, the Forbidden Forest borders the edges of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry grounds. Although not really inhabited by centaurs and Acromantula, the Black Park Country Park is a popular location for walks due to its wide-open spaces and well-maintained routes. This 4-bedroom HomeAway property located near the country park is perfect for a getaway. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even grab your buddies and re-enact all the times where Harry, Ron and Hermione had to take a trip into the Forbidden Forest!
Gringotts Wizarding Bank, filmed in the Somerset House in London, is the only bank of the wizarding world, and is owned and operated by goblins. This beautiful HomeAway is just 5 minutes away from the Somerset House, and is also within walking distance to other tourist attractions such as Big Ben and Piccadilly Circus. Just make sure that you use pound sterling instead of Golden Galleons, or the goblins might come get you!
Have you waited year after year for your letter from Hogwarts to no avail? End your wait by booking this beautiful HomeAway cottage in the tiny hamlet of Littlebeck which is less than 15 minutes’ drive from Goathland Station, the filming location for Hogsmeade Station. With its many walkways and cycle tracks for adventurous individuals to explore and traditional Yorkshire cuisine to be sampled around the area, you will definitely get to feel like you are in a scene right out of Harry Potter!
Images from HomeAway and Warner Bros.