Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Walking in London

Harry Potter Walk
by Simon

The Harry Potter movies were filmed in London. I have read all the books and seen all the movies that have been made. I went on a Harry Potter walk and learned some unique facts.

- The Leaky Cauldron is actually an optometrist shop and the only part that you’ll remember from the movie is the round door.
- One of JK Rowling’s friend’s last name was Potter and she liked the name Harry so the character of Harry Potter was born.
- Gringott’s Bank was filmed in Australia House. We tried to get in to see it but the area is closed to the public.
- The names Snape and Hermoine are the names of villages in England.
- When JK Rowlings thought of platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross Station she was actually at Euston Station sitting in between platforms 9 and 10. King’s Cross Station is where her parents first met.

The London Eye
by Danielle

The London Eye was my favourite thing in London because I like going up high and I got to see the city with my Grandma and Poppa. You can see the Eye from many places in London.

To get out tickets Poppa had to stand in line for over half an hour. We looked at several street performers, mostly people who were pretending to be funny statues.

We went through security and got on the pod with about 20 people in total. The ride takes about 30 minutes to go all the way around. One of my favourite parts is when we were at the very top. From the top you could see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Big Ben clock tower. My other favourite thing was when they took our picture. Simon and I made funny faces – we did not buy the picture.


  1. I ususally don't buy the pcitures either Danielle because your own camera receords your own thoughts better. Sounds like fun though!

  2. Hi there De Wilde's - and Happy Easter to you all! Looks like London has been a jolly good adventure. Please do say hi to the Queen for us!

  3. Hello DeWildes! I have been enjoying catching up on your journey. Simon, I must say, a twinge of jealousy went through me as I read about your walk through the world of Harry Potter. Danielle - the London Eye sounds amazing! You'll have to bring me on a tour some day. I hope that you're all enjoying England! Lots of love! Leah, Matt and Rayna

  4. Yes, the London Eye, was on of my favourites too, especially since I was with the 4 DeWildes. Keep well, safe and happy. Love, Grandma