Harry Potter fans rejoice! It may be a fictional street, but that hasn’t stopped Google from adding Diagon Alley to Street View.
We’re all used to Google Street View by now, but at its core, it is still a pretty mind-blowing mapping service. Still, the wonder of being able to see a first person view of virtually any street in the world looses its luster as it becomes an everyday occurrence, and so Google has seen it fit to spice up their Street View service with something special every now and then.
Late last year, Google treated us to Street View of ski slopes from around the world, and then came the famous underwater ocean Street View. Now, Google has decided that it isn’t enough to include amazing real places; they need fictional ones too. Diagon Alley, the magical shopping street from the Harry Potter series, is now live and can be explored through your browser.
There are no tricks in Diagon Alley, only illusions.
Admittedly, Google hasn’t added the actual Diagon Alley, which in the books is described to be behind a brick wall somewhere in London. Rather, they’ve added the Warner Bros. Hertfordshire studio tour. Still, it’s a pretty cool place to explore. All of the scenes you’ll remember from the books and movies are featured, from Eeylops Owl Emporium to the Weasley twins’ practical joke shop.
The only thing that breaks the spell in this Street View tour, of course, is the ceiling and studio lighting above the buildings… it almost ruins the magic.