London Pass BlogBack to Blog
Harry the piglet proves a hit at London Zoo
Published: Tuesday 15th of July 2008
The first warthog to be born in London Zoo for almost a century is proving to be a wizard attraction for nature lovers visiting the capital city.
Piglet Harry was so named by staff at London Zoo because of the similarities between his species' moniker and the title of the great wizarding educational establishment in JK Rowling's Harry Potter novels: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Describing Harry as a "very special piglet", senior keeper of mammal's Gerald Asher said: "Aziza is very protective and motherly of Harry, at first Little Vern couldn't get near, but now they both take turns to be with him."
Another link to the magical franchise came when London Zoo was the setting for filming in the first ever big screen adaptation - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
In 2000, a scene was shot in the Reptile House of London Zoo in which the title star of the film inadvertently converses with and sets loose a Burmese python.
Meanwhile, visitors wanting to get a glimpse of baby warthog Harry can watch him being fed three times a day at the zoo's Into Africa exhibit.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Tuesday 9th of April 2013 London attractions: Discover the city with a London Bicycle Tour
Monday 8th of April 2013 Explore the underground mysteries at Christlehurst Caves
Sunday 7th of April 2013 London attractions: To be or not to be at Shakespeare's Globe
Saturday 6th of April 2013 Things to do in London: Charles Dickens Museum takes guests on a literary tour of London
Friday 5th of April 2013 London attractions: Beethoven concert to inspire visitors at St Paul's Cathedral
Thursday 4th of April 2013 London attractions: The Garden Museum set to host enchanting activities for guests
Wednesday 3rd of April 2013 Things to do in London: Discover the story behind the Queen’s transport at the Royal Mews
Tuesday 2nd of April 2013 Things to do in London: London Design Museum is a great day out for all the family
Monday 1st of April 2013 Things to do in London: Become the next top musician with the British Music Experience
Tuesday 26th of March 2013 Things to do in London: Take a tour of Southwark Cathedral this Easter
Monday 25th of March 2013 If you are an art lover who is hoping to see some of the most famous collections in the world then...