Harry Potter weekend

It's My birthday on Tuesday and to celebrate I had some friends with me in London, and we Did everything Harry Potter (or tried). It all started because I tried to buy harry potter and the cursed child tickets around last January and I couldn’t get any tickets in the early dates, so I decided to get tickets for the weekend of my birthday. I invited one of my close friends in London, and another close friend from Edinburgh with her boyfriend all joined me for the play, and my friend from Edinburgh and her boyfriend spent the days with me (my other friend had classes).

Blowout- first order of business was to make sure we looked good for all the photo opportunities

Harry Potter studios- as we talked about what we wanted to do while my friends were down from Edinburgh. The first thought was duh we had to go to Harry Potter studios even though we had both been. We didn’t decide until like a week before, and so I couldn’t get tickets, so I looked for other tickets as many tour sites buy a certain amount each day. We were able to get tickets through Viator but the only time was 1:30. The tickets include coach ride roundtrip (It is a lot to get out to the studios). Though we didn’t leave Victoria station until 1:40 and its an hour from there and we arrived at 3, and we had dinner in Mayfair at 6. We needed to leave by 5, it sounds like a lot of time, 2 hours, but that's nothing there is so much to see, and most you can do at your pace the first part is with a group, so I had to rush us through.

What I hadn’t expected was it had changed since I was there in September 2014 they had added the Hogwarts Express and the dining room (they used to only have a small little cart of butter-beer) now they have an entire “bar” for butter beer and butter beer soft-serve-ice-cream. As well as a whole restaurant and places to eat.

C-London- we went to one of my favorite restaurants in London for dinner. The foods is this fantastic Italian but it's the amazing meringue cake I go for, it's pretty much all meringue and whipped filling (with some lite cake for structure)

Cursed Child Part 1- the play is in two parts they alternate parts each day and Saturday and Wednesday they due to matinee part 1 and then 7:30 part 2. we got separate nights back to back (they don’t come together so theoretically you could choose any of the two parts you wanted). The Play was a lot artsier (as in set design and technique) then I had expected, and they had some amazing ways of creating magic. It's a lot different than the movies with is both cool and interesting because it makes you think of how you imagine in one way set by the movies but then there's another way of that goes along with the writing but very different.

Day 2 (all the photos were deleted because my phone was stolen)

Hotel- I ended up checking into a hotel for my birthday for some relaxation. The Threadneedle hotel is nowhere near where you problem want to be as it's a business district. But the hotel is luxurious and because most of the shops/restaurants are closed on the weekend, you can get great weekend deals there. After such a busy first day we slowed down and chilled.

Burger and Lobster-

Millennium Bridge & the Globe- We wanted to walk to tower bridge but weren’t paying attention, and we ended up at Millennium bridge which you might know from

Harry Potter when the death eaters spun it apart. We had wanted to do a whole set of Harry Potter sites but didn’t have the motivation to go out. But going over the bridge was cool, and it ends at Tate Modern and

Shakespeare globe. I had been to the Tate modern but never been to the globe, so we walked around the theater. We weren’t able to go into the theater, but we saw the outside and then into modern building extension on the side to the gift shop and look around.

SoHo- we got an Uber to the Palace Theater (where curse child is preformed).

House of Minalima- the night before we saw this cool shop behind the theater so we went back to see what it was and it turned out to be the brainchild of the graphic designers from the films and included four magical harry potter levels of an art exhibition.

Foyles- Foyles is a cool bookstore my sister, and I found when we went to see Aladdin. It's just an enormous and has an amazing collection of books.

Cursed Child Part 2- Part 2 was even more amazing then part 1. That's all I can say #keepthesecret

Leadenhall Market, London

Leadenhall Market in London is the inspiration for the wizarding shopping center known as Diagon Alley. It's on this bustling street that you will find the front of the Leaky Cauldron used in the Harry Potter films

Kings Cross, London

You can't go to London without stopping by the iconic platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross <http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/kgx.aspx%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank> station, where the bespectacled 11-year-old boy from the Harry Potter books and movies made his first attempt to cross from the Muggle world into the wizarding one waiting for him. The station recently added a Platform 9 3/4 shop next to its trolley, so fans can shop for Hogwarts gear before imagining their trip through the brick wall.

Harrow Hall, London

Professor Flitwick, the Charms professor and head of Ravenclaw house at Hogwarts, did his best to teach students how to levitate objects and perform magic without harming themselves or fellow students, though he didn't always succeed — especially when Seamus Finnigan and Ron Weasley were involved. Fans can view the room used to portray his class in Harrow Hall at the real boarding school <http://www.harrowschool.org.uk/%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank> in London.

Millennium Bridge, London

While sights of the bridge that the Death Eaters brought down in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may make Potterheads cringe with the memory of it, we assure you that the real thing is intact and a great sight to see.

The London Zoo, London

While a giant talking snake magically emerged from his tank in Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, rest assured that the London Zoo Reptile House <http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/exhibits/reptile-house%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>, where the scene was filmed, is entirely safe for visitors.

4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey

Get a good look at where it all began for The Boy Who Lived with a trip to 4 Privet Drive. The home for the movies was actually filmed at 12 Picket Post Close in Martins Heron, Berkshire, which is where many people go for photos. However, hardcore fans have scoped out the actual location of the Muggle abode and say it can really be found in Surrey <http://www.hp-lexicon.org/atlas/britain/atlas-b-surrey.html%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank>, although the house is quite different than the one in the movies. If you can't make it to either of these, then don't miss Privet Drive on the London Studio Tour!

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