The latest iteration of the J.K. Rowling wizarding world franchise, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” opens in the U.S. on Friday. Although the movie has many of the same themes, characters and spells of the Harry Potter world, some things are very different—mainly that the movie takes place in 1920s New York City.
On a new three-hour tour from On Location Tours, visitors to the city can explore the new American wizarding world, including locations that inspired the film and buildings that J.K. Rowling specifically chose to highlight.
The tour not only visits many of the real-life locations that were recreated for the film set—Times Square, the Woolworth Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Subway Station—it stops at locations that would have been frequented by Scamander, were he real. That includes Lower East Side tenements, underground speakeasies, and Washington Square Park.
The tour takes visitors through New York City’s Chinatown, Bowery, SoHo, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Times Square neighborhoods. It also highlights much of the city’s important early 20th-century architecture that was recreated on the film set.
For fans who want to see a new part of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe, the tour takes place on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Tickets are $45.
For fans unable to get to New York City any time soon, the city's tourism board has also released an interactive, online map of magical 1926 New York, as seen through the eyes of Newt Scamander.