Potter magic on the River Thames
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.