Harry Potter is franchise worth over $25 billion created by an English writer J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter books are one of the most known fantasy novels turned into movies and loved by many. Whether you’ve read the books or just seen the movies, the point is everyone knows about them.
Recently, thanks to Strawberry Tours we had an opportunity to join the free Harry Potter tour in London. As always with events, I love taking a plus one with me who is often my sister. Taking her along is never a freebie as she too has to give her initial thoughts on the event in question. With that being said, here is what my sister thought of the free Harry Potter walking tour.
The Harry Potter Tour
As my sister mentioned above, the Harry Potter franchise is so huge almost everyone has heard of it. I am someone who’s only heard of Harry Potter, I never watched or read any of the books. Wizardly programs weren’t my thing, but I still found the tour interesting, informative and educational. I found that the tour gave me that extra push and information I needed to take an interest in the franchise.
Friends in the past have told me to watch or read the books but honestly thenit wasn’t my thing. At least that’s what I told them, I have been hesitant, but I see this opportunity as a chance. A chance to jump on the Harry Potter band wagon and to see this incredible series for myself.
Our free walking tour was booked for 11am Sunday morning, meeting place was Leicester Square. It is advised to arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour for registration and get the ‘safety talk’. London is a busy place and it’s safer to know how to stay safe during the walk.
Strawberry Tours Free Walking Tour
We arrived at the meeting point on time, then walked across London from Leicester Square to Charing Cross. It was a cold wintry morning, but we expect nothing less from the British weather and it showed its true colours. Rain! Oh, Sweet rain but thankfully it was mostly towards the end of the tour.
Our guide for the Free Walking Tour was called Will and we found him to be knowledgeable, engaging and thorough. I feel as though I’ve been given the back story or the incentive to watch Harry Potter. I will definitely be watching Harry Potter, I am not promising to watch the entire series BUT it’s a start. And I want to be able to pick a house to belong to, for now my sister says that Gryffindor. As someone who has never watched or even seen the series, this doesn’t make sense to me.
The tour time was almost 2 hours long, but it went so quick it felt as though it was only a 20 min walk. To my fellow Harry Potter novices, I would recommend this tour! It’s free, it’s in London, why not get the first-hand experience and walk these locations for yourself. The tour includes all the places the inspired J.K Rowling to pen the series.
Disclosure: There was no monetary exchange, the tours are offered free to the public.