No, you’re not under a memory charm: The book that first transported millions of readers into the world of witchcraft and wizardry turns 20 on Sept. 20 – at least in the U.S. – and that’s worth celebrating even for muggles.
Hilton wants to help fans celebrate the Harry Potter series’ legacy by putting them in the hub of the action in cities from London to Los Angeles where movie scenes were filmed, Broadway shows are running, and Wizardry tours and festivals abound. We’ll tell you where to go and where to stay; how you get there is up to you (broomsticks encouraged but not required.)
Since it was first published, Scholastic reports the Harry Potter book series has captivated more than 180 million readers in the U.S. and over 500 million around the globe, a feat for the fantasy series written by J.K. Rowling chronicling the life of young wizard Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
To celebrate this milestone in magical history, Scholastic, the U.S. publishing house for the series, is reissuing all seven Harry Potter books with brand new cover illustrations to welcome a new generation into the magical universe.
So how can Potterheads celebrate too? While a simple movie marathon may be great to mark the 20-year “birthday” of the bestselling book series of all time, they can also hop on a broomstick like their beloved Harry and take the celebration to the next level by booking a trip to transport them into the magical world of all things Hogwarts, Hedwig, and Harry.
Curious about Harry’s homeland? Head to England and visit Platform 9 ¾, the famed spot from the series where students board the Hogwarts Express train. It’s located just a short apparition from Hilton London Euston, though muggles may prefer the brief walk instead.
Want to take a bite out of the big apple? Check out out “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play based on a new book of the same name, which is just a short walk from New York Hilton Midtown (no need to use the broomstick for this.)
Or to be fully immersed in all things Harry Potter, head to DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort™, where visitors can experience everything from sampling Butterbeer to riding a broomstick.
But the wizardry doesn’t have to stop there. Guests at Hilton hotels can even weave some digital magic into their travel by using Hilton’s Digital Key feature as their own personal wand to unlock their room.
Whatever experience you fancy, see below for a collection of Hilton hotels nearby – ensuring a little more relaxation than Harry ever had in his travels!
Hampton Inn by Hilton Orlando Near Universal Blv/International Dr (Orlando, FL): As a Universal Partner Hotel, this family friendly Hampton Inn is just a quick one-mile broom ride (or shuttle service for muggles) away from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando™.
New York Hilton Midtown (New York, New York): Just a 15-minute walk, or broomstick trip away, Harry Potter fans will especially enjoy the hotel’s proximity to Broadway, where the stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is currently in production at the Lyric Theatre. Muggles in Manhattan can also take a quick subway ride to the New-York Historical Society to learn about the world of witches and wizards during the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit running from October 5 to January 27.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando (Orlando, Florida): With a quick broom ride to the Wizarding World to enjoy Butterbeer, Harry Potter fans will enjoy DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel’s prime location right at the entrance of Universal Orlando, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City (Universal City, California): The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel is just a block away from the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood and minutes from Hollywood. Book your Los Angeles stay here to be just a block away from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and attractions like Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and the beautiful Hogwarts™ Castle.
Hilton Boston/Woburn (Woburn, Massachusetts): The recently renovated Hilton Boston/Woburn is the perfect property for those wanting to explore the historic town of Salem, Massachusetts, home to Wynott Wands, where visitors can be treated to a magical experience featuring a wide selection of wands and Harry Potter merchandise.
Tru By Hilton San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk (San Antonio, Texas): Tru by Hilton San Antonio Downtown Riverwalk is located just steps from the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk.. Fans of the franchise can purchase tickets to the San Antonio Symphony’s Harry Potter Film Concert Series to experience a live performance of the film’s score while watching the movie.
Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Dallas (Dallas, Texas): Harry Potter fans looking to plan their trip to Dallas to experience Leaky Con (the Harry Potter lover’s conference) in August of this year, or August of next year for the 10th Anniversary, will love the prime location of this hotel, only a short walk away from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London (London, United Kingdom): Situated in the heart of London, this hotel puts you in easy reach of one of the world’s financial hubs, most iconic tourist destinations, and Harry Potter filming locations at the Tower of London and Tower Bridge The Millennium Bridge is also a short distance away, which Potter fans may remember was destroyed by the Death Eaters in the series. Fans can also take a short walk to Leadenhall Market where exterior shots of Diagon Alley were taken. You might even be able to spot the blue door that serves as entrance to the Leaky Cauldron.
London Hilton on Park Lane (London, United Kingdom): An icon of British hospitality since 1963, London Hilton on Park Lane was the first Hilton hotel to open in the UK. This hotel is conveniently located a short ride away from the Palace Theatre, a venue currently running a production of the official Harry Potter stage play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Hilton Watford (Watford, United Kingdom): Conveniently located only 20 miles from Heathrow Airport and a 20-minute train ride from London Euston station and Central London, this hotel is in close proximity to the location where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Book your family stay and be close to the wizarding action at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Centre (Edinburgh, United Kingdom): Located in the heart of the city, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City Center is close to several attractions that relate to the book including The Elephant House, where JK Rowling wrote the series, and the boarding school that was the inspiration behind it all.
Hilton London Euston (London, United Kingdom): Located near London’s city center, this property is perfect for touring destinations such as The British Museum and the British Library. The hotel is located just minutes away from Kings Cross Station where Harry Potter fans can travel like a wizard on Platform 9 ¾ and visit the Harry Potter Shop located near the station.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Woking (Woking, United Kingdom): Located in the northwest region of Surrey, England, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Woking is near popular tourist attractions including Thorpe Park and North Downs. Surrey, England is home to the fictional 4 Privet Drive, the house inhabited by Harry Potter’s muggle family; Surrey appeared in each of the movies, most notably in the Battle of the Seven Potters, which was fought in the skies over Surrey.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central (Glasgow, United Kingdom): Located just 10 minutes away from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central railway stations, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central sits in the heart of the city center. Nearby attractions include the University of Glasgow and Ashton Lane, a hidden alleyway decorated with fairy lights and filled with pubs and cafes. Ashton Lane was supposedly author J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Islington (London, United Kingdom): DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Islington is the ideal base for exploring London. The hotel is located near a variety of shops, pubs and King’s Cross tube station, where guests can experience the magic of instant transportation at Platform 9 ¾, as seen in the early Harry Potter films.