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Suzie, the tour guide, reveals another film location


Muggle Tours takes in many of London's iconic landmarks


Spellbound TOUR REVIEW


‘sorting hat’s’ song and Alana regularly quotes Dumbledore. They put Muggle Tours to the test one chilly March evening


The tour began close to London Bridge and after a brief attempt to join a group of eastern European tourists attempting to hail a nearby taxi we spotted it. Patched, frayed and extremely dirty, just as we’d always imagined it, there was the sorting hat perched on a woman’s head just 20 feet away. At that moment we knew we were in for no ordinary tour. Our guide Suzie was the epitome of


enthusiasm and expertly kept both adults and children entertained. At each site Suzie would test our Potter knowledge as well as revealing secrets and entertaining facts. Even on the underground where the tour threatened to be dull, the children (and ourselves) were sorted into Hogwarts’ houses. Although the tour isn’t specifically a tour of London, you do encounter


several iconic landmarks such as the Millennium Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, allowing tourists and locals to see London within the context of the ‘wizarding’ world. With the use of visual aids and Suzie’s colourful dialogue we were always able to recognise the locations and get a taste of the magic that had been created there. Suzie’s interaction with her


audience was only one of the aspects that made the tour a success. Customer service is so often neglected, but Muggle Tours seems to have nailed it. Beginning with the confirmation emails listing unusual Potter facts to get us ‘into the spirit’ and ending with a personal ‘thank- you’ email, complete with a recipe for butter beer, the whole experience was consistent in its fun, enthusiasm and friendly attitude.


The tour takes a turn up Diagon Alley


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Uni students Alana O’Sullivan and Rachel Goacher are two dedicated Harry Potter fans; Rachel is able to recite the


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