Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
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It's no flying car, but Harry Potter fans are being courted in a new river cruise 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 (S$5,477) 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, and the first of several Hogwarts-inspired dinners, guests set off the next morning on their seven-day 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".


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

At Oxford's Christ Church College, fans will recognise its Great Hall as the inspiration for The Great Hall at Hogwarts, and the dramatic 16th century stone staircase which received screen time in several films.

The itinerary also includes a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter, where fans will be able to behold the original set, props and costumes.

Less Harry Potter, more "Downton Abbey"? There's another river cruise for that.

While the itinerary for Downton Abbey shares the same historical stops, Windsor Castle and Christ Church College at Oxford, guests will also be chauffeured to Highclere Castle, where the drama was filmed.

The Harry Potter river cruise has two sailings, Aug. 5 to 11 and Aug. 19 to 25, 2018. The Downton Abbey cruise begin in April and run through August.

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Then and now: Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are all grown up now.

The three leads in the Harry Potter movie franchise have all moved on to star in various movies, plays and TV shows.

The three stars had their handprints made during a ceremony in their honour in front of the Chinese Theatre back in July 2007 in Hollywood.

Then: Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Now: Daniel Radcliffe on the red carpet at the 42nd Deauville US Film Festival in September 2016.

Then: Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Now: Emma Watson at the the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California in March 2017.

Then: Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Now: Rupert Grint at the 3rd Annual Celebration Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando in 2016.

Then: Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

Now: Evanna Lynch in a snapshot on her personal Instagram page.

Then: Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Now: Matthew Lewis on a 2015 cover of Attitude Magazine

Then: Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory

Now: Robert Pattinson at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2017.

Then: Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Now: Tom Felton with fans at a Wizarding World of Harry Potter event at Universal Studios in Jan 2017.

Then: James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley.

Now: The twins shared a photo of them in Iceland back in February 2017.

Then: Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley

Now: Bonnie Wright at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios back in May 2017.

Then: Katie Leung as Cho Chang

Now: Katie Leung at a Bafta event in Shanghai in June 2017.