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  • Pip-Pip Tally Ho! Joolz Guides here

  • and welcome to my Harry Potter guided tour of London

  • in which I shall visit some of the principal locations connected with Harry Potter

  • and what better place to start than Kings Cross

  • not only because that's where you get the Hogwarts Express from

  • but I've got to go and get my friend and cameraman Simon

  • But first thing first. I need to go and get my school uniform

  • I don't know which house to get can I go on my personality or should I go on which one suits me better ?

  • It's said to be a bit of both

  • That's what the sorting hat takes into account: your preferences and your personality

  • if you're cunning and like the colour green you can always go for a Slytherin

  • or if you're very brave and adventurous then Gryffendor is for you

  • Oh well, looks like they put me in Slytherin

  • at least it goes with my eyes

  • It goes with your attitude

  • Looks they've even got a hawk here. I think it escaped from Hogwarts

  • I thought you were something to do with Harry Potter for a second

  • It's actually to catch the pigeons

  • I was just watching the film the other day and this is exactly where Hagrid and Harry Potter are walking along

  • He gives him his ticket for the Hogwarts Express here

  • Looks slightly different in the film though

  • Go on, off you go, you'll be late for school mate

  • excuse me can you tell me where platform 9 and 3/4 is please ?

  • muggles like Simon can't see the entrance because it's between platforms 9 and 10

  • but in the actual film they used platforms 4 and 5

  • and I think this is the actual spot here but they've got bins here look

  • maybe I can try a little bit further along.......

  • worth the try

  • in the in the Chamber of Secrets that does actually happen to Harry Potter Ron Weasley

  • and they end up having to fly to Hogwarts in a magic car

  • from over there which is where we're going next

  • a lot of the exteriors for Kings Cross station in the films are actually St. Pancras hotel

  • which is over here built in the 1800s

  • this is the spot where their car's parked they get in and then it flies over this building

  • as they fly their way to Hogwarts

  • but we're flying down to the River Thames

  • now this is Lambeth bridge and the reason it's painted red is to match

  • the seats in the House of Lords because

  • Westminster Bridge over there is painted green to match the House of Commons

  • this is the one that's featured in the beginning of the prisoner of azkaban

  • he gets picked up by the night bus and comes haring around this corner

  • and it has to shrink in order to get between two double-decker buses

  • I was watching Fast and Furious 6 the other day

  • and this was supposed to be doubling up as Moscow

  • that they'd had all those kind of Kremlin type domes and stuff at the end of the bridge

  • but I definitely recognize those two buildings over there it was totally London

  • makes me feel very professional walking along this bit because this is where all the

  • news broadcasters and stuff stand when they're on the TV

  • we're heading to Westminster Bridge over there

  • because in the order of the Phoenix you see them fly over Parliament on their broomsticks

  • I find these shadows on the ground quite amusing

  • I wonder if they did that on purpose.

  • sorry I'm rather childish

  • Now she's got a connection to Harry Potter up there on her chariot that's Queen Boudicca

  • or Boadicea depending on what school you went to and she was Queen of the icy

  • and she was Queen of the Icene who were a Celtic tribe who defeated the Romans

  • and according to the 1930s historian, Louis Spence

  • they buried her under Kings Cross station

  • and where was she buried? Under platforms 9 and 10! And that was in the 1930s !

  • it's a bit of a myth that she had swords on her chariots. Everyone thinks she did because of this statue

  • but there's no real evidence for it

  • it's a pity also about all the renovation work going on on Big Ben but

  • with a flash of my magic umbrella

  • I can just get it to all disappear

  • EVANESCO!!

  • after you've been to Westminster Bridge you can pop down here to Westminster station

  • because this is where, in the order of the Phoenix, Harry comes with Arthur Weasley

  • to face the tribunal for having used magic in front of muggles

  • poor old Arthur Weasley doesn't understand how to use the ticket gate

  • He ends up walking through the ticket barrier backwards

  • I suppose he's a typical tourist who stands in the way at the last minute getting out his ticket

  • this is Whitehall and over there behind those black gates is where our muggle Prime Minister lives

  • and of course this is where all the governmental buildings are

  • the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport, The Ministry of Silly Walks

  • and of course the Ministry of Magic which is down here down here is

  • Down here is Scotland Place and Great Scotland Yard where the Metropolitan Police Headquarters used to be

  • in the order of the Phoenix he comes here with Arthur Weasley

  • and they walk along here, don't they like this

  • and there's a telephone box just over here in the corner

  • and they've put up a bridge there in the film, it's not there in real life

  • but they enter a telephone box which is just about here

  • I think he dials six two four four two which dials magic if you've spell it out

  • and Arthur Weasely says " this should be interesting I've never used the visitors entrance before"

  • and they descend down here into the ministry

  • and then in the Deathly Hallows Part one, that corner over there

  • is where Ron is keeping an eye ou in the film for Mafalda Hopkirk who he's gonna zap

  • and then they drag her over to that gate over there

  • which in the film is actually a nice wooden gate

  • but now it's just a place where builders spit and smoke cigarettes

  • then they emerge having drunk Polyjuice potion

  • and come around the corner here to Horse Guards Avenue

  • they've erected a fake public toilet in the film

  • and they walk down into the public toilets, and then they flush themselves down the toilet, don't they?

  • And it's right here - and it's a perfect place because it all looks like kind of

  • ministry buildings .......

  • Someone told me that JK Rowling used to work for Amnesty International somewhere around here

  • and she would have been very familiar with these areas

  • and they said that her inspiration for Diagon Alley was possibly this little alleyway over here

  • because if you look carefully it does run

  • diagonally to this main street

  • and this pub here is just by Charing Cross Road

  • just like the leaky cauldron in the books and it even has a convenient back door

  • excellent .....you come out the back, tap the bricks

  • and you're in Diagon Alley

  • This is actually.... Bridges Place is the second narrowest street in London

  • Will he make it? Will he be able to squeeze through?

  • Then in Deathly Hallows, the apparate from the wedding to Piccadilly Circus

  • Here I go!

  • I hate doing that!

  • It's like Piccadilly Circus around here!

  • Have you seen American Werewolf in London?

  • You know that scene when he runs out of the cinema the werewolf starts chasing everybody ?

  • That was in Piccadilly Circus

  • Speaking of werewolves ...

  • did you know .... that I did the audition to be the werewolf in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ?

  • and you had to be really strong and you had to wear this really heavy wolf's head outfit thing

  • and it weighed a ton and I remember that's the reason why I didn't get the job

  • I was just too weeding

  • but over here, in Harry Potter and the Hallows Part 1

  • when they're under attack from the Death Eaters at Bill and Fleur's wedding

  • They apparate don't know when they reappear just over here, don't they?

  • Just in front of Gap there were railings

  • and they just narrowly avoid getting hit by a 19 bus - oh this is a 38

  • Then they end up walking up here, don't they?

  • Hermione goes on about how they're in Shaftesbury Avenue, she used to come here with her parents

  • they walk underneath these columns

  • and then they end up in a cafe don't they

  • then you see them just walking under there

  • Do you remember , this used to be the Tracadero. It was really manky

  • but now it's pretty decent, I really like it. I'm a member ....

  • It's right here that Hermione turns to Harry and says

  • "Oh, I just remembered it's your birthday and we didn't even celebrate"

  • ..and he's like, "I think we just got attacked by a bunch of Death Eaters so I've got other things on my mind

  • At the other end of Shaftesbury Avenue you can even take in a show

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed child is showing right here at Cambridge circus

  • In the book JK Rowling has the leaky cauldron in Charing Cross Road

  • And it's been famous for its bookshops for over a hundred years I mean there aren't so many these days

  • Just opposite the porcupine pub just next to this number 12 on the wall

  • this is where, in Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince

  • the Death Eaters come flying in before they destroy a millennium bridge

  • they come all the way down over Trafalgar Square, up Charing Cross Road

  • up great Newport Street and down this alleyway straight into the front of the leaky cauldron

  • There he is again . Was that Simon Callow?

  • Just one of many famous stars who trying to get into a Joolz Guide. Desperate!

  • It's definitely worth popping your nose here into Goodwin's court if you're in the area

  • because I really love this beautiful authentic seventeenth-century alleyway

  • Now when you do the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour

  • Draco Malfoy says the set designers for the film

  • wanted Diagon Alley to look like it was lifted from the world of Charles Dickens

  • and it doesn't get much more Charles Dickens than this!

  • I mean it looks kind of Harry Pottery

  • I mean it's quite conceivable that she would have been inspired by a street like this

  • Look at those original gas lamps too- I really love those

  • Gosh!! From 1690... and it hasn't changed

  • This street looks tremendous

  • This is another one of those streets that people say inspired JK Rowling

  • It's full of book shops, it's off Charing Cross Road, so it would make sense

  • There's quite a few of the shops down here sell Harry Potter related things

  • Look you can even buy magic money. Harry Potter and friends.

  • There you go there's a Voldemort on that one. I should probably get that one with a scarf like this

  • First editions which cost quite a bit of money

  • I must come back to this shop actually and get myself a new cravat

  • I just want to do a quick shout out to Joshua Gutierrez who was with me when I lost my old cravat

  • and he actually gave me some money to put toward a new cravat

  • Got my eye on this one actually so thanks Joshua

  • Next it's off down there to St Paul's Cathedral

  • As if anyone cares about st. Paul's Cathedral

  • it being our greatest Cathedral and all

  • it did take only 35 years to build it. Quite impressive

  • given that Notre Dame took about 130 years

  • in that clock tower there, I think that's where in the Prisoner of Azkaban stairway is

  • that they knock the crystal ball down

  • they're coming down from their divination class

  • sadly it's not open to the public

  • fans you know.... What can I say!?

  • oh I should say this is the school where Daniel Radcliff went

  • So this the real Hogwarts then...

  • but he not really ...I mean apparently everyone was a bit mean to him - all his fellow pupils

  • but he didn't attend it much - he was only there for about four months or something

  • because he was constantly out filming - he had to have private lessons

  • this is the Millennium Bridge - actually called the wobbly bridge to us Brits

  • It certainly wobbles in Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince when Death Eaters swoop down and

  • destroy the whole bridge and then they fly off over Tate Modern

  • Well it's nothing to do the Harry Potter but it's a pity can't see the chewing gum

  • There's a famous chewing gum painter of old London town

  • called Ben Wilson and he paints all the chewing gum

  • unfortunately it's a bit dark so you can't see them

  • but fear not because I think all I have to do is a Lumos spell and we can switch to daylight

  • LUMOS!!

  • Oh look - Lucy Worsley trying to get into my Joolz Guide

  • The shadows grow tall, the sky bruises and we must be forced to camp

  • This is borough market

  • It's not really happening at the moment because it's quite late and everything's closed

  • It's the oldest fruit and veg market in London I mean it's been here for about a thousand years

  • but just over there where it says El Pastor

  • is where the leaky cauldron is in the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • The night bus comes hurtling down here and he goes inside and he stays here in room number eleven until the new term

  • are you drinking butter beer or gilly juice?

  • Always butter beer...always.

  • sounds revolting !

  • It's actually that one right up there. I don't know if you can see it

  • just the window on the left at the top because you can see looks over Borough Market and a train goes by

  • and that's the train track that right there

  • I love markets when they're opening up and closing

  • I love it. It's so atmospheric you know...

  • It always makes me think of My Fair Lady

  • This is the delightful London Bridge

  • over there actually in Order of the Phoenix that's Canary Wharf that's where they appear on their broomsticks

  • flying from little whinging,

  • over theTower Bridge down the Thames towards 12 Grimmauld place

  • but 12 Grimmauld place in muggle world

  • That's Claremont square up in Angel Islington which is miles away

  • So I'm gonna have to swiftly apparate there. I don't like doing this ..

  • Apparating can be kind of disorientating and I seem to have landed on the wrong side of these bars

  • This gate is unlocked in the film but don't go calling on the houses because you'll just really annoy them

  • 12 Grimmauld place actually emerges between two other properties in this street

  • it's actually the family home of Sirius Black

  • and also the headquarters of the order of Phoenix

  • but then Harry goes on to inherit the property

  • well I think I better grade out of here before I get picked up by the police

  • That building over there, the curved one that's City Hall, where the mayor works

  • in the Half Blood Prince they were looking out of the office window

  • and it's the DeathEaters coming to destroy this millennium bridge that's where they filmed it from

  • and it was also designed by Norman Foster boo

  • I'm booing him because he turned down my mum

  • Well there you go. He wasn't very smart, was he?!

  • No he made a bad choice

  • But John Hurt, who played Mr. Ollivander did ask my mom out; she turned him down

  • This is the monument to the Fire of London of course

  • which you'll know all about if you see my other film about the London pass

  • If you lie it flat the top that would arrive exactly at the point in pudding Lane where the Fire of London started.