'Harry Potter' Cruises to Start This Summer

Harry Potter fans have plenty of ways to celebrate the franchise, from books and Broadway shows to [...]

Harry Potter fans have plenty of ways to celebrate the franchise, from books and Broadway shows to mobile games and handbags. And now, that list will soon include a river crews.

The Barge Lady Cruises company recently unveiled their Harry Potter Magic Cruise, which promises to take fans on a journey throughout the storied franchise. The week-long river cruise will travel along the River Thames, and will visit an array of filming locations for the eight Harry Potter films.

The stops on the cruise will include Virginia Water (where Harry met Buckbeak in The Prisoner of Azkaban), Picket Post Close (the stand-in for 4 Privet Drive in The Sorcerer's Stone), Oxford's Christ Church College (which served as a model for Hogwarts' Great Hall), and a tour of Warner Bros. Studios, which has many of the film's various props, costumes, and sets.

Barge Lady Cruises is no stranger to fandom-themed excursions, with the company also launching a Downton Abbey-themed trip. But for those involved with the company, the Harry Potter Magic Cruise is shaping up to be something special.

"The itinerary is my baby," founder Stephanie Sak told Good Morning America, "and it has been a professional highlight to see it come to fruition."

This particular cruise is coming about at a pretty perfect time, as September will mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone being published within the United States. It also will come about as the franchise's cultural impact is still going strong, with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters this fall, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child presumably still running on Broadway.

If you'd like to take part in the Harry Potter Magic Cruise, the event will be held from August 5th through the 11th, as well as August 19th to 25th. The trip itself will probably cost a few galleon, though, as the per-person rate is roughly $4,190. For more information about the cruise, click here.

If you can't make it to the cruise, there are plenty of other ways to get into the Harry Potter spirit, with all eight movies currently streaming on HBO, and a new mobile game on the way.