I’m a little embarrassed to reveal this, but I’ve never read a Harry Potter book or watched any of the movies. Is that weird? Our boys are still a little young to be reading the books (they’re only 5 and 3 y/o), so the fantasy series hasn’t been on our radar. We haven’t been living under a rock, so we know that Harry Potter is a really big deal for many people. Today’s guest post, written by the folks at CityPASS, shares a few of the unique places to visit in New York City that will surely attract the diehard Harry Potter fan.
5 Places to visit in New York City in search of Newt Scamander
Did you know that the last movie from the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was not only set in New York City, but also filmed there? Today we want to take you on a treasure hunt to discover some of the New York City attractions that served as movie sets.
The Writers House
The house is located at 23 West 26th Street and dates from 1881, when it was commissioned by two other big names you might have heard of, John Jacob Astor and William Waldorf of the Waldorf Astoria fame.
In the movie, the sisters Queenie and Tina lived here. Today, this big, red brick Victorian house is the home of Writers House, a literary agency.
The New York Public Library
With its Rose Main Reading Room and sculpted marble entrance portico, the library is another fun place to visit in New York City. Great to look at from the inside and outside, the library sometimes hosts movie nights. For a special evening, try to attend the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ show.
The National Bank
The New York County National Bank is the very place where Newt Scamander’s magical pet escaped the suitcase, then indulged in gobbling up money and jewels. Spectacular in itself, the bank is one New York City’s top attractions that will surely transport you back in time.
The Magical Congress building
The MACUSA building, commonly known as the Woolworth Building, was built in 1913 and remains one of the most impressive New York City attractions. The building features the amazing sculpted marble entrance you’ve seen in the movie and was one of the tallest skyscrapers during the 1920’s.
In the movie, the owl featured next to the entrance door was only visible to magic beings. In reality, however, the owl is a permanent guest of the façade and one of the quirks of the neo-Gothic style.
The Blind Pig
Who knew? This place is actually a bar! You can have a drink in the Fantastic Beasts atmosphere at 124 Macdougal St. every day from noon to 1:00pm. In real life, it’s called 124 Old Rabbit Club.
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