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I’ve just posted an essay by Quentin Lowagie, webmaster of the Harry Potter Lexicon counterpart in French, L’Encyclopédie Harry Potter. Quentin visited London last year, took some fabulous pictures of London sights related to the world of Harry Potter . . . et voilà, je vous présente Harry Potter in London: Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, the Leaky Cauldron, etc. Enjoy!

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  • Phil

    Great photos, you’ve put a lot of time into this and its trific that you have somewere to share them with us, THANKS!

  • Del

    A very good image guide to the locations.
    Once all the films have been made somebody will produce the ultimate Harry Potter location guide book!

  • Reader2

    The flat poll between platforms 9 and 10 could pass for a barrier, although it would not be nearly as impressive.

  • Peanut

    I don’t know why he has to practice his English, it’s perfect!

  • http://eeyoresreflections.blogspot.com Eeyore

    Great photos–thanks for sharing them. Now I really want to go to London to visit all those places myself.

    :-)

  • Domoor

    Vauxhall Road is now called Kennington Road. It is in that neighbourhood though! http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lambeth/kennington/three-small-houses-1803.htm

  • http://www.encyclopedie-hp.org Quentin

    Hi guys, thanks for your thoughts, especially “I don’t know why he has to practice his English, it’s perfect!” So nice. ;-)

  • http://www.encyclopedie-hp.org Quentin

    Hey about this Kennington road, that’s interesting. It needs to be investigated!

  • http://leavelleearthlink.net Stephen

    About the London Zoo, I visited it shortly after the first film was released with the intention of finding the exhibit which was used for the film. I found that the only exhibit correctly proportioned for the one shown in the film was on the opposite of the entrance, indicating that the film for this sequence may have been reversed. Of course, I have no real way of verifying this, and someone much more knowledgeable on this topic may be able to provide clarification.

  • Ada

    Bravo Quentin! Un superbe reportage d’une française qui connaît bien EHP et son forum ^^!

  • Remi

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience & the great photos! I’m actually going to U.K. for the first time in July – and coincidently will be there when DH is released (I’m so excited!). I’m only there for 4 days and am trying to see if I can squeeze in some time for Harry Potter sight-seeing. You’re essay, Quentin, makes me more determined to do so. Thanks again :)

  • Deborah Hubbard

    Well, if Vauxhall has turned into Kennington, then it must be on the south (Surrey) bank of the Thames and near to the Oval – London’s other international cricket ground.

    In Tom Riddle’s day, it would have been a poor, run-down, working-class district I should think, though one with a long history: Chaucer and Shakespeare would have known the neighbourhood.

    Cricket is probably the sport that takes the longest to complete, being regularly played at international level over five days … I don’t see LV as a sports follower, and certainly not Muggle sports, though he’d have found out about them at the orphanage, so that aspect of the neighbourhood must be irrelevant.

  • Marco

    I have checked it on the map. Kennington Road is actually at the south bank of the Thames and in the Borough of Lambeth. It is approx. 2km long and ends south at Kennington Park and in vicinity of Kennington Oval and north at Westminster Bridge Road. It is a good amount to walk from the presumed place of TR orphanage (stockwell), especially if the newsagent´s, where TR had purchased his diary is in the northern part. But Kennington Road is served by two stations of London underground. In the north by Lambeth North Station (Bakerloo Line) and in the south by Oval Station (Northern Line). These stations were already in service in the 40s. So it is possible, that TR was in any other orphanage as Stockwell and had used the underground to get to the newsagent´s

  • ravenclaw rambler

    The internet reveals several roads in the Kennington area were apparently known as “Vauxhall Road” at various times.
    This map shows the present Kennington Road to have been “Vauxhall Road” in 1831
    This 1888 map shows the present Vauxhall Street, (which is parallel and a little west of Kennington Rd) to have been Vauxhall Road.

    And this article (see the section on the Dobkin murder), suggests that Kennington Lane (which crosses the other two streets) was known as Vauxhall Road as late as 1942 (when Riddle was in his fourth year at Hogwarts), although both 19th century maps show it as already having its present name.

    Incidentally, the Vauxhall area itself is reputed to be named after the widow of Guy FAWKES, the would-be regicide who failed to blow up Parliament in 1605. Fawkes is, of course, also the name of Dumbledore’s phoenix.

  • http://www.encyclopedie-hp.org Quentin

    In the plotters, among Guy Fawkes, you also have Ambrose Rookwood and Thomas (and Henry) Percy. Isn’t that interesting? :-p

  • Aberforth

    Now that sounds like the origin of ‘Rookwood of the MoM’.

    One thing to add on the film locations for PoA: Harry’s room in the Leaky Cauldron was actually a top floor room in the Market Porter pub, a few yards to the right of your picture. Some have been allowed upstairs to view it, I’m told. The view from the window can be had when travelling by train from Waterloo East to London Bridge, as you pass above the market right beside that room.

  • http://google.com/ Richard Redmond

    This one makes sence “One’s first step in wisdom is to kuesstion everything – and one’s last is to come to terms with everything.”

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