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10 Essential Places for Harry Potter Lovers

Last week, it was announced that the world’s biggest Harry Potter store is opening in NYC on June 3rd.


If you’re like me and can’t wait until it’s open, don’t fear; I have a list of the Best Harry Potter Places! No, they’re not the obvious ones like the Wizarding World in Orlando or The Cursed Child on Broadway. While I can’t recommend those enough, they’re on every single list. So, as someone with quite a bit of experience with all things Harry Potter, I decided to compile this list for you to (virtually) visit. Be warned—this article may increase your excitement for the new shop!

1. Livraria Lello, Porto

During the 1990s, author J.K. Rowling lived and taught French in Porto, Portugal. While this might not be uncommon knowledge for Harry Potter fans, an unknown place to visit is likely the Livraria Lello Bookshop. I consider myself someone with extensive knowledge about all things Harry Potter, but even I didn’t know about this bookshop’s existance until my family in Spain took my mom! Luckily, I had the opportunity to visit myself just a year later and trust me; it’s just as magical as Hogwarts.

2. Lacock, UK

Who knew a town of a thousand people could be home to so many amazing Harry

The Potter's House

Potter sights? A little over an hour outside of Cardiff, this quaint town is an essential stop along your worldwide Harry Potter tour. First stop is the Lacock Abbey which houses infamous corridors and the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom from the films. From there, it’s just a hop and a skip to the Potter’s House. Did I lead my friends astray then proceed to take a billion pictures here? Yes. But how could you not when it’s the place of James and Lily’s sacrifices? The final stop in this small village is the exterior of Professor Slughorn’s hideout in Half-Blood Prince. Anyone else ready to jet off?