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Explore the city of Porto and discover the places that inspired J.K. Rowling when writing one of the world's most famous literary sagas: Harry Potter.

Explore the city of Porto and discover the places that inspired J.K. Rowling when writing one of the world's most famous literary sagas: Harry Potter.

Harry Potter Free Tour

We will meet at the established time in front of the Café Majestic to start a magical free tour of Porto. Can you imagine which famous writer used the city as a source of inspiration?

I'm sure you guessed right, it's J. K. Rowling, who went almost daily to this exact cafe to write Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. From here we'll head to São Bento station, and next to the platforms, we'll admire its famous tile decoration. Did you know that J. K. Rowling chose this location for her Platform 9 ¾? You will be shocked at their amazing resemblance! 

Next, we will pass by the Clerestory Tower, in the old part of the city. Do you remember the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts? We'll talk about how the novelist took inspiration from this monument to describe it. 

Afterwards, we will stop in front of the Courthouse to find out who António de Oliveira Salazar was. Was this character used to create the Slytherin house and the name of its feared founder? There is much debate surrounding this topic.

Continuing on to the Louse Café and the Lion Fountain, which bears a rather striking resemblance to the Gryffindor house emblem, and we'll approach the Hidden House, where we'll reminisce about number 12 Grimmauld Place

Next, we'll arrive at the University of Porto, where we'll see seven emblems of Portuguese culture, just like Lord Voldemort's seven horcruxes... coincidence? I think not! 

Of course, we can't end tour without first passing by the iconic Lello bookstore, known worldwide thanks to the adventures of Harry Potter. We'll let you in on the secrets surrounding this place while we admire its fascinating facade. 

Last stop? The Escovaria de Belomonte, an old store that still manufactures brooms by hand. Something else too coincidental to be a coincidence!

The tour will end here after two hours of sightseeing.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

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Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

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Duration

2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

English speaking guide specialising in Harry Potter.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 3 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Where does the activity end?

Café Majestic

Livraria Lello

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Where does the activity end?

Livraria Lello