If Wizards Took the London Tube

Aug 05, 2015

Posted by: Catherine


Forget broomsticks, apparition, the Floo Network, Thestrals, fly motorbikes with rickety sidecars, or flushing yourself down a toilet. A concept artist from Mashable has designed a wizarding world themed subway (tube) map of London–just incase wizards wanted to mind the gap, and crowd in with all of us muggle commuters.

The map itself is actually pretty accurate. For all wizarding world destinations in London, that is. Platform 9 3/4 has a stop where the real Kings Cross station would be located; the Ministry of Magic is located near Buckingham Palace; The Leaky Cauldron is one short stop away from the center of Diagon Alley, Gringotts, and Knockturn Alley; St. Mungo’s Hospital, Grimmauld Place and Wool’s Orphanage are nestled away in their corners of London.

Once one gets a little further away from the heart of London, the map diverges from it’s real life roots. Hogsmeade station, and surrounding stops, in Scotland is at the end of the north line. One can also presume that Azkaban wouldn’t be located in West London. The makers of the map did account for these diversions with a disclaimer.

Imagine hopping on the tube one morning and, rather than being squished up into the stinky armpit of a suited and booted city worker, you came face to face with Lucius Malfoy on his way to do some dodgy dealings in Knockturn Alley.
Now, let your dreams turn into reality as we bring the HP universe to London in this handy and – almost, sometimes, for a very small part – geographically correct tube map.

Okay, we know witches and wizards have better ways to beat the rush hour than leaving for the Leaky Cauldron ten minutes earlier than the morning hoards, and of course there isn’t one easy route from central London to the Weasley residence in Devon, but that’s besides the point. Laying the wizarding world over London makes it THAT much easier for us to pretend that we’re living amongst aurors and arithmancers, so why not? First stop, Diagon Alley.

Note: The users of this transport system have access to magical methods unavailable to the general public; traveling to the end of the Central Line will not get you to Azkaban.



Next stop for us is The Leaky Cauldron of course!

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.