Thanks to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando (and soon in Universal Studios Hollywood), fans of the Boy Who Lived can explore the world that he lives in by walking the streets of Hogsmeade and taking a tour of the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. But now there’s an easier way to follow in Harry’s footsteps and you don’t even need to leave your house.
According to The Huffington Post, you can now stroll down Diagon Alley, the main shopping district for the wizards and witches of London, from the comfort of your own home thanks to the marauders… I mean developers of Google Street View. However, despite being an actual place that you can view from the mapping service, it’s not an actual place per se.
Google Maps has actually provided the street view of the set that was used as Diagon Alley in all the Harry Potter films, which is housed in the Warner Bros. Studios in London. Fans from all over the world are invited onto this massive set as part of the ‘Making of Harry Potter’ tour at Leavesden featuring some other famous locations from the movies like the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office, as well as tons of props, costumes, animatronics, and more.
So if you’re still bitter about not getting your Hogwarts letter all those years ago but can’t make it to London or Florida, then head on over to Google Maps to get closer to Diagon Alley than you ever could before.
For a sneak peek at some of the things you can see on Diagon Alley, check out these pictures below: