Year 1997, it was the most magical year of 20th century as the whole world has been introduced with a new magical dimension where there were wizards, witches, flying brooms, magical wands and everything that one can fantasize in his or her dream. This new magical world was the world of Hogwarts, from where we have got our very own 11 year young wizard, Harry Potter.
What has been released as a kid novel has now become one of the worlds’ most selling book with various covers and illustrations till date. Author of Harry Potter J.K Rowling has established the plot of the story in London which gradually leads to the magical land of wizards and witches.
This year whole world is celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter so I thought to make your magical journey more magical by re-imagining if Harry Potter was shot in India what would have been the locations chosen for the film. So come to platform 9 ¾ and hop on your Hogwarts Express to start with this magical journey.
- Hogwarts Castle
- The Forbidden Forest
- The Hut of Hagrid
- The Hogwarts Express
- The Cave Island
A. Hogwarts Castle
Off-course magic is the major attraction of Harry Potter series but one simply cannot avoid the huge school castle of Hogwarts which has been under the protection of Prof. Albus Dumbledore. So we have given a thought on the same and came on the conclusion with some of the finest names of the forts and palaces in the country which can be used for Hogwarts Castle.
1. Mehrangarh Fort – Jodhpur
This 500 years old Mehrangarh Fort is the first choice according to me which can be featured as the Castle of Hogwarts School. Featuring as one of the largest forts in India, the fort is compact with seven gates, several palaces, temples inside its premises. For your information I tell you, it is the very fort where the blockbuster Hollywood movie “Batman – The Dark Knight” was shot. This fort is a major attraction in Jodhpur tourism.
2. Chittorgarh Fort
Famous for chivalry of Rajput queen Padmini and her brave conduct jauhar, Chittorgarh Fort is famous throughout the world. The fort is featuring as the largest fort in country. It’s location near Berach River make Chittorgarh Fort a perfect choice for Hogwarts castle. After applying a bit of special effects through CGI techniques, this fort will surely take you to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Chittorgarh Fort also holds an important place in Rajasthan tourism.
Here are some other options that would make a perfect place for Hogwarts the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry –
1. Cooch Behar Palace – West Bengal
2. Ummaid Bahavan Palace – Jodhpur
3. City Palace Complex – Udaipur
B. The Forbidden Forest
Do you remember the scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when Harry had been sent to detention in the Forbidden Forest with Hagrid and Draco Malfoy. The place has played an important role in the series as it is the place where Harry had an encounter with the Dark Lord – Lord Voldemort. Now the question is which place in India would be a perfect choice for becoming the Forbidden Forest. After all the forest is the home of many magical creatures including unicorns, giants and centaurs, just to name a few.
Thanks to India’s huge bio-diversity, we have plenty of forest areas including National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in India which would make perfect Forbidden Forest.
1. Sundarbans National Park
Featuring with dense forest, Sundarbans National Park is the largest National Park in India spread in the area of 2585 sq km. The major attraction of this park is its boundary which is naturally made with the Malta River in its West and Haribhanga River in its East. Off course you won’t find any magical creature in here but the Wildlife of Sundarbans is flourishing with rich fauna species such as spotted deer, wild boar, crocodile and many more.
2. Keoladeo Ghana National Park
“Ghana” is a Hindi word which means Dense and evident to its name, the national park is comprises with quite dense forest and rich wildlife. It is because of dense forests, Keoladeo Ghana National Park falls in our list to be a Forbidden Forest. The park is famous for dense thick forest and is a perfect home to thousands species of birds which came here from all across the world. Another reason why I have chosen this park as this national park is filled with amazing flora and fauna which would create a perfect Forbidden Forest for everyone. Being a prominent national park of the country the park plays a vital role in wildlife tourism in India.
Here are some other options for you all –
1. Jim Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal
2. Kana National Park in Madhya Pradesh
3. Hemis National Park in Jammu and Kashmir will be another place for making your North India tours more magical.
C. The Hut of Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid, a half giant and half human wizard who brought lots of excitement to this enchanting story. It was Hagrid who first introduced Harry with his true identity of being a wizard, actually calling Hagrid a perfect narrator won’t be wrong. Being a significant character yet living in a hut like house is something curious. But the hut of Hagrid is as mystique as him. The serene green surroundings of Hagrid’s hut make it more appealing. Located on the hill with a dense forest in backdrop on the edge of Forbidden forest fascinate everyone. Here are some places in India where making Hagrid’s hut would make a perfect destination.
According to the demand of the story, Munnar makes a perfect place to build Hagrid’s Cottage. Famous among the hill stations in India, Munnar is blessed with the lofty mountains, cloud-capped peaks, lush green tea state and tranquil climate that would be perfect place to spend some time during your south India tourism. Other attractions in Munnar include placid lakes, twisty streams, cloudy mountain peaks and rare orchids which enhances the beauty of Munnar.
A soothing hill station of North India, Mussoorie is famous for natural abundance which makes this place a perfect tourist destination. Cloud-capped mountains, lush green forests, scenic beauty and perfect aura all will make you remember of Hagrid’s Hut. The charming beauty of Hogwarts can be experience in Mussoorie during your north India tour package. The Doon Valley in Mussoorie is point from where one can enhance majestic Himalayas.
Some other places which can be featured as the best place to serve Hagrid’s home –
1. Nanital in Uttrakhand
2. Shimla in Himachal Pradesh
3. Manali in Himachal Pradesh
4. Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh
D. The Hogwarts Express
The most important part of this story from where Harry has started his journey towards Hogwarts School and it is the Hogwarts Express, the train. A train with finest coaches and a steam engine standing on King Cross Station at platform number 9 ¾ is just a thing that one is waiting for in his/her life. Though hoping onto this train in real life is quite not possible but I have chosen some places in India which where you will find the trains like Hogwarts Express that will take you to the beautiful journey towards Hogwarts Magic School. Let’s take a look to these places –
Operated since 1881, Darjeeling Himalayan Railways is a perfect place to start with. The very famous song “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” from 70’s Bollywood Blockbuster featuring on India’s first super star Rajesh Khanna and heart throb Sharmila Tagore was pictured in Darjeeling train only. The train steer through steep rolling plains, breathtaking valleys and through under the 505 bridges. The coaches with the steamy engine when pass through the hills overlooking the lush charming greenery and tall alpine trees will make your tour memorable.
Listed as UNESCO declared world heritage site, Kalka-Shimla Railway is another option where you can experience the great magical tour to Hogwarts. This beauty route is compact with the verdant valleys which are line with oak trees, 100 tunnels and 800 bridges with incredible 900 curves. While being in the train, just open your mind and allow yourself to take dip into the world of imagination where you are sitting in the train and this train is taking you to the Hogwarts passing through lush green landscapes and beautiful sceneries.
Here are some more places where you find these toy trains –
1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Tamil Nadu
2. Matheran Hill Railway in Maharashtra
3. Kangra Valley Railway in Himachal Pradesh
E. The Cave Island
The plot of Cave Island from Half Blood Prince Still makes me feel sad. It is the plot where our beloved headmaster Prof. Albus Dumbledore has gone through many traumas and ultimately lost his life. In quest to find the Horcruxes, cave Island played an important role. The island is compact with the cave where Tom Riddle hid one of his horcruxes in the form of locket. Located amidst the sea, this island is filled with dark magic which only revels itself on sacrifice. But not to worry, Islands in India won’t demand any sacrifice from you rather it give you all the happiness and unforgettable memories which will linger with you for last. Here are some names of the place where the Cave Island can be made.
1. Dival Island near the coasts of Goa
This is one of the untouched islands in India, its virgin beauty make you lost in its beauty and charm. Its location near Goa, makes it more amazing. While you would be on your Goa tourism you can also take visit to this beautiful island. The high tides, gushing waves and scenic surroundings all makes this place a perfect destination to visit during your Goa Day Tour Packages.
2. St. Mary’s Island
South India is known for its natural beauty and temples sites and thus the area is also best described in the colors of Gold and Green. Another tourism features in South India are the islands. One such island is the St. Mary’s Island in Karnataka. This small yet spectacular island is unique in its way. Just like the Cave Island in Harry Potter, this scenic island is quite similar to that of Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. The island is filled with basaltic rock formations which are cut into a peculiar hexagonal shape. The serene blue water and rocky beach will makes this island a must visit.
Here are some more options –
1. Little Andaman Island
2. Lakshadweep Island
3. Barren Island in Andaman
4. Nicobar Island – India’s largest Island