Harry Potter locations

10 of the Best Harry Potter Locations Around the World

It’s safe to say that I’m a little bit of a Harry Potter geek.  Okay, I’m a lot of a Harry Potter geek.  I’ve read the books countless times, I can quote all the films, I have a wardrobe full of HP clothes, I’ve been sorted into my house on Pottermore (I got Hufflepuff.  I wasn’t happy), and I love playing with my wand.  No that isn’t a euphemism, that’s just how much of a geek I am that I actually have a magic wand.  And it’s obviously the Elder Wand because I love you Dumbley-dore.

If I’ve already completely lost you and you’re not a fellow Potterhead then I’m afraid we can’t be friends and I will use said wand against you.  But for you Muggles who do often dream of living in the Harry Potter fantasy world, there are plenty of places you can visit to pretend it’s real (it totally is real – I got my Hogwarts acceptance letter and everything).

So for all you Potterheads out there, here are some of the best locations around the world that really bring the stories we all know and love to life.

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Summer reads

My Summer Reads

Sitting on the beach, my toes nestled in the hot sand, the sound of the sea lapping against the shore, and a bright blue sky above me. With a fruity cocktail in one hand, a book in the other, and Mr Ayla sitting next to me – this is my paradise. My blissful moment that I imagine myself in every time I want to get away or just relax.

Thankfully we seem to have been blessed with some sunny days in London recently – it is now July after all – and this means that the colourful summer dresses, flip flops and sunglasses have made their way back into my life. And while books are always in my life whatever the weather, summer is the perfect time to sink into those more light hearted happy reads to match the season. For chilling in the garden, picnicking in the park, or catching some sun on the beach in an exotic destination, all with a good book in hand.

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The Book of Everyone

The Book of Everyone

While I wouldn’t call myself spoilt, I do like being treated to a gift or two.  Something as simple as a little box of chocolates or something more extravagant (hint hint) will always make my day. Everyone loves receiving gifts; even those people who say they don’t want anything for their birthday, we all know you’re lying and would be secretly devastated if you ended up with no presents.

I also love giving gifts – not the standard body wash or socks present – that’s not my kind of style. I tend to go on the hunt for something more quirky and individual which I know the person I’m buying for will love. Watching them tear open the shiny wrapping paper, eagerly looking inside, and the look of glee (I hope!) on their face as they find out what they’ve got.

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New Year Adventures…

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog and social media front lately as, to put it simply, I was just having too much fun over the holidays. Relaxing, playing board games, eating way too many pigs in blankets and chocolate Roses, and enjoying some time just switching off. Seeing as we pretty much skipped Christmas last year as we were travelling around India, I wanted to make the most of this one with my family and friends, and the last couple of weeks couldn’t have been better if they’d tried!

Wherever you were in the world, I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year too!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

We’re already half way through 2014 and, even though it’s whizzing by so fast it’ll be Christmas again soon, I can’t really complain as I’ve had a fantastic year so far. 2014 started out in one of the most memorable ways – seeing in the New Year with celebrations on the beach in Kerala during our travels around the crazy but beautiful India.  More travels in Belgium, Edinburgh and South America followed, as well as lots of fun adventures in London.  I’ve been thrilled to have won a couple of awards including Low Cost Holiday’s Best Female Blogger Award 2014 and a Liebster Award.

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My Latest Adventures

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy and I haven’t had much time to sleep let alone keep you all updated on my adventures!

Since Belgium, which was only last month but seems like a lot longer ago now, I’ve been pretty much non-stop.  And what with jetting off to South America this weekend (woohooooooooo!!!), it would be impossible for me to tell you about it all before I go.  You are such an inconvenience South America 😉  So, I’ve managed to condense my latest adventures into this one post to give you an idea of what I’ve been getting up to lately.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

The photo for this week’s theme – object – could pretty much be anything.  But, seeing as it was my birthday last week, I decided to use this picture of a couple of presents I got from my lovely husband: a travel journal and a pendant with a map of part of Africa inside.  These both suit me perfectly and I absolutely love them.  It’s nice to know that he put some thought into them and I like to think I taught him well when buying presents 😉

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Christmas…? What Christmas?!

What with my upcoming trip to India, I’ve been struggling to find time to fit in writing around all the planning.  And when I plan a trip, I really plan a trip.  No bars spared, I will put all my energy, concentration and every waking minute into making it as incredible an adventure as it can possibly be.  I may end up completely drained and about to pass out from exhaustion but it will all have been worth it in the end!

For this trip, as well as getting an extortionate amount of tips from other bloggers and twitterers (the #travelindia hashtag by Poonam has been super helpful), I have been reading up on India from my stack of books.  This is something I always do when I go away and I think it’s a great way to research.

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The Love of a Good Book

Most people will already know that reading is one of my favourite things to do.  If I’m not found with a book in my hand you can guarantee that there will be one in my bag.  Even when I go out, to the pub or to the cinema, I still carry a book on me just in case I find myself with a few spare minutes to get lost in the pages of a book.  And for those times when getting a book out seems too unsociable, having books downloaded on my phone means that I can just pretend I’m reading a very important and incredibly long message from someone.  I don’t do that when I’m out with you though.  Honest 😉

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