London Calling all Muggles: If you find yourself boarding the train at Platform 9 ¾ this summer, here's a guide to what to do next. Budget Travel Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007, 9:46 AM A rare glimpse inside the Ministry of Magic. (Copyright Warner Bros./Photo by Murray Close) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

TRAVEL GUIDE: THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER

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Calling all Muggles: If you find yourself boarding the train at Platform 9 ¾ this summer, here's a guide to what to do next.

A rare glimpse inside the Ministry of Magic. (Copyright Warner Bros./Photo by Murray Close)
A rare glimpse inside the Ministry of Magic. (Copyright Warner Bros./Photo by Murray Close)

A standard travel guide will mention Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, but it won't reveal the city's most mysterious and fascinating sites. Only a witch or wizard--or the non-magical person lucky enough to have a magical guide--will know where to look.

Museum of Quidditch: Artifacts from the origins of the sport of warlocks are displayed. Gertie Keddle, a cantankerous witch who lived on the edge of Queerditch Marsh in the 11th century, left behind a famous diary which is preserved for all to see ("Tuesday. Hot. That lot from across the marsh have been playing that stupid game on their broomsticks....") Early broomsticks on display, gnarled and rough, make one thankful for the invention of the Cushioning Charm in 1820.

The Ministry of Magic: Located deep below central London, this is a must see for any traveler hoping to explore more of the wizarding world. What could be more intriguing than gazing at the magical ceiling of the Atrium or venturing near the fabled Department of Mysteries on level nine? Good luck finding your way in--or back out. Keep an eye open for passing flocks of interoffice memos (the paper airplanes that flutter here and there), and check the weather through the enchanted windows, since Magical Maintenance changes it on a whim from bright sunshine to hurricanes. Visitors should expect to have their wands inspected by security. Entrance to the ministry is either via fireplace (Floo-word: Ministry) or by way of the broken down telephone booth near a dumpster on the street above.

Diagon Alley: The place to go for wizarding supplies. Get all the details here.

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