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Tottenham Court Road is a road in Central London, England, in a Muggle area. It is relatively close to Charing Cross Road, and thus not far from the Leaky Cauldron and the wizarding street Diagon Alley. It is described as a "wide dark street thronged with late-night revellers and lined with closed shops." The Granger family was known to go here sometimes prior to their daughter being accepted into Hogwarts. The Luchino Caffe was also located on this road.
Hermione Granger Apparated herself, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley there when they fled the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour on the evening of 1 August, 1997. Harry and Ron changed into the clothes Hermione had packed in her handbag, which had an Undetectable Extension Charm on it, in an alleyway. After passing a drunk group of workmen, who wolf-whistled and jeered at Hermione, the trio entered a café and unknowingly triggered the Taboo Curse on Lord Voldemort's name.
Thus, they were tracked by Death Eaters disguised as Muggle workmen. Harry, under his Invisibility cloak, Stunned the Death Eater later identified as Thorfinn Rowle, while the other, Antonin Dolohov, magically bound Ron with black ropes. Harry's second stunner missed him and hit the Muggle waitress, and Dolohov cast Expulso in Harry's direction, blowing up a table and slamming Harry into a wall. Just as Harry felt the Cloak begin to slip off him and his wand fell from his hand, Hermione struck Dolohov with a Full Body-Bind Curse.
Afterwards, the trio briefly but reluctantly considered killing the Death Eaters, but instead decided to wipe their memories to "throw them off the scent," according to Harry. Hermione altered their memories while Harry and Ron cleaned up the café, and then the three of them Disapparated to 12 Grimmauld Place.
Behind the scenes
- Tottenham Court Road is a real street in London, England. It is known for its commercial shopping, particularly for consumer electronics. In addition to being featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it has been featured in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Ian McEwan's Saturday, and several of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry, Ron, and Hermione Apparated in Shaftesbury Avenue instead of Tottenham Court Road.