These books have had us travel from one part of the world to another, first through words and then through the movies that were filmed on them. Now’s the time to make the actual leap. By Mahika Dhar
The Harry Potter Series – Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England
Harry Potter’s escape into the magical land of Hogwarts is almost aspirational, even for regular folks like us. Luckily, you can explore several of the Harry Potter locations in real life. Hogwarts itself is based off of the grand Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. As is gloriously described in the books, the old castle is surroundged by rolling green hills that stretch out as far as the eyes can see. The ride to Alnwick Castle allows you to explore the English countryside.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Tiffany & Co., 5th Ave, NYC, USA
Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is more popular for Audrey Hepburn’s beautiful portrayal of Holly Golightly. However, if you decide to grab some breakfast at Tiffany & Co Cafe and stroll past Tiffany’s, just make sure you’re wearing oversized sunglasses and an elegant black dress.
Norwegian Wood, Kafka On The Shore – Japan
Haruki Murakami’s books are surreal, metaphorical and overall, beautiful. Explore the path of Kafka Tamura or the youthful life of Watanabe and Naoko. Be it the Inokashira Park in Kichijoji or the Kansai city of Kobe, the places from Norwegian Wood are as enchanting as described by Murakami. Here’s an itinerary for a detailed tour, based on Norwegian Wood.
The Hobbit was filmed in arguably one of the prettiest places in the world; New Zealand. From real-life Middle-Earth, to Paradise Valley, the beauty that J.R.R Tolkien describes can be found in abundance.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Already a massive tourist destination, the house that Anne Frank stayed in whilst hiding from the Nazis is open to the public now, along with tours on places Anne Frank used to frequent. At Anne Frank House, you can also take a glimpse of the Secret Annex.