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Harry Potter culture leaves mark on London

By · April 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

The popularity of the Harry Potter films is alive in London. We booked a “Harry Potter” film tour today through Hackney Heritage Tours.

Graham Woodhouse is a 19-year veteran cabbie and guide who whisked us all over London to see many of the sites where film makers chose to capture the Potter magic. We saw Lambeth Bridge where “Prisoner of Azkaban” was filmed, walked along the Thames River and through Trafalgar Square.

Graham carried a mini DVD player and showed us the movie scenes before describing in vivid detail how moviemakers used London scenes to create memorable films.

One of my favorite locations was Kings Cross where Platform 9 3/4 is located. That’s the spot where Harry Potter disappears through the brick wall to catch the Hogwarts Express. Dozens of fans took pictures with the luggage trolley that appears to be halfway through the wall.

A family from Norway, self described as “Potterheads”, took pictures of their daughters at that location.

A terrific day! You will see the story this summer during our Olympic coverage.

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