Pot­ter magic on the River Thames

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

IT’S NO fly­ing car, but Harry Pot­ter fans are be­ing courted in a new river cruise on the River Thames that makes stops at key film­ing lo­ca­tions like 4 Privet Drive, the real-world inspiration for Hog­warts, and the Warner Bros Stu­dio where the Harry Pot­ter movies were made.

Ad­mit­tedly, at around US$4,190 (RM16,332) a per­son, the Harry Pot­ter Magic Cruise Itin­er­ary is not ex­actly aimed at the mod­est Mug­gle.

To kick off their sail­ing and set the scene, guests start with a tra­di­tional English cream tea at the Ho­tel Stafford in Lon­don.

Af­ter a cham­pagne wel­come on­board their float­ing home, the Magna Carta ( above, right), and the first of sev­eral Hog­wartsin­spired din­ners, guests set off the next morn­ing on their sev­en­day itin­er­ary.

Along with his­tor­i­cal es­tates like Wind­sor Cas­tle and Hamp­ton Court Palace – a stun­ning Tu­dor Palace that be­longed to Henry VIII – the tour also stops at Vir­ginia Wa­ter, which se­ri­ous fans will recog­nise as the site where Harry first meets Buck­beak in Harry Pot­ter and the Pris­oner of Azk­a­ban.

Fans will also be chauf­feured to Picket Post Close, which dou­bled as 4 Privet Drive in the first Harry Pot­ter film.

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