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Charing Cross Road is a street in London, England.[1]


Although it was a Muggle area, the Leaky Cauldron was located on this street, and thus wizards and witches could access Diagon Alley by passing through the inn.[1] It was relatively close to the Muggle street Tottenham Court Road. Blockbuster was amongst the shops that could be found on this road, as well as Charing Cross Books and Circle.[2]



During the 1990–1991 school year, a witness saw the Muggle Artefact Smuggler approaching several Muggles on Charing Cross Road.[3]


On 31 July 1991, Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid came to Charing Cross Road to access Diagon Alley on Harry's eleventh birthday.[1]


In 1993, Harry Potter travelled to the Leaky Cauldron on the Knight Bus and met Cornelius Fudge. The final night before the school year, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger also stayed there, along with most of the Weasley family, who had come home from Egypt.[4]


The Death Eaters flying through Charing Cross Road and kidnapping Garrick Ollivander in 1996

In 1996, Harry, Hermione, Ron and the Weasleys, under escort by Rubeus Hagrid, passed through the Leaky Cauldron on their way to Diagon Alley. Harry noticed the pub was completely empty except for the landlord Tom.[5] Beforehand, the Death Eaters flew through London to kidnap Garrick Ollivander for Lord Voldemort, before ransacking him wandshop Ollivanders.[2]


In 1998, Harry, Hermione, Ron and Griphook Apparated to Charing Cross Road and quickly entered the Leaky Cauldron on their way to Gringotts. The Muggles on the street were noted to be "quite unconscious of the little inn's existence."[6]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) - Chapter 1 (Who's Harry Potter?)
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 12 (And Hello Magical Accidents and Catastrophes) - Assignment "Muggle Artefact Smuggler"
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)