Leafing through the pages of Harry Potter, you wonder how you would give anything to witness Hogwarts in real life, or day-dreaming about Union Station while reading The Great Gatsby. But hey, why weave these reveries when you can just go see these places in real life? We’ve picked these six places that have been immortalised by six iconic books of all time. The best part of it all? You can visit all of these! By Shubhanjana Das
1. King’s Cross Station from Harry Potter:
Sadly, unlike Harry Potter and Ron’s unsuccessful attempt at walking right through platform 9¾, every attempt you make will be unsuccessful. You’re no wizard, after all.
2. The Stanley Hotel from The Shining:
This haunted hotel is both famous and notorious. Thanks to the author Stephen King’s night-long stay in this otherwise picturesque hotel, spooky became eponymous with The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, as the readers would find out in The Shining.
3. Union Station from The Great Gatsby:
The imposing Union Station at Chicago Illinois will never be forgotten, thanks to F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The famous quote from the book reads: “One of my most vivid memories is of coming back West from prep school and later from college at Christmas time. Those who went farther than Chicago would gather in the old dim Union Station at six o’clock of a December evening, with a few Chicago friends, already caught up into their own holiday gayeties, to bid them a hasty good-by.” #feels
4. Channel Islands, The Island of The Blue Dolphins:
The San Nicolas Island is the most remote place in California’s Channel Islands and that is where The Blue Dolphins’ protagonist, Karana, finds herself stranded in. Based on the true experience of a Nicoleño Native American named Juana Maria, the novel is as gripping as the island is beautiful.
5. Anne Frank’s House from The Diary of A Young Girl:
Whoever has ever read this 15-year-old diarist’s heartbreaking documentary of her life during World War II, when she was hiding with her family to escape the Nazi Gestapos, has surely dreamt of visiting this house. The Frank residence has now been turned into a museum. Stepping from one room to the other, you are bound to be reminded of her graphic descriptions of this secret chamber of a house that she was living in.
6. Seoni from The Jungle Book:
Our childhoods have been spent chasing Mowgli from The Jungle Book, the baby boy raised by wolves, as he grows up in the jungles. Do you know where those thick words are that Rudyard Kipling set his book in? Seoni, a town in Madhya Pradesh is where Mowgli was lost and found and raised to be a legendary character in the literary history of the country, as well as the world.