A muggle’s guide to Harry Potter filming locations

by Melissa Brobby

Category: We love
April 28 2017

From the quirky streets of Diagon Alley to the imposing beauty of Hogwarts Castle, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by discovering the locations of some of the series’ most iconic scenes and walk in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

1) Play Quidditch at Alnwick Castle

Explore the grounds of Alnwick Castle in Northumberland and imagine you’re part of Madame Hooch’s flying lesson by joining the resident wizarding professors for broomstick training sessions on the very spot where Harry had his first lesson in the first film. (Between March and October)

2) Drink Butterbeer at the Warner Bros Studio Tour

Wizards, squibs and even muggles can discover the magic of Harry Potter on the Warner Bros Studio Tour. The studios were used in the filming of all the Harry Potter films, and many of the fantastic props, mythical items and iconic sets were saved. Take a journey through the famous sets, pose in your favourite scenes, and taste some delicious Butterbeer.

3) Feel the magic at Christ Church College

Wander around the cloisters and quadrangles of Christ Church College where many of the Hogwarts scenes in the first movie were filmed. Book a college room at Christ Church and enjoy breakfast in The Great Hall, which was replicated in the film studios to create the grand Hogwart’s Hall. Don’t forget to take a photo on the 16th-century staircase, where Harry and the new first-years are greeted by Professor McGonagall. 

4) Stand in Snape’s classroom at Lacock Abbey

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Venture to the quaint English village of Lacock in Wiltshire, where parts of the movie series were filmed. Take trip to the abbey and see if you can recognise Hogwarts’ interiors, including Professor Snape’s classroom. See if you can spot Horace Slughorn’s home from The Half-Blood Prince as you explore the village. 

5) Run through the wall to Platform 9¾

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The Hogwarts Express departs from Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, which is in the arched wall between platforms 4 and 5. If that seems short on magic, head towards the real-life entrance to platforms 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the station where you’ll find a trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall with the sign: Platform 9¾.

6) Hunt for horcruxes in Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean has almost magical qualities with its twisting trees and bewitching woodland, and was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 where the trio hide in the forest while chasing horcruxes. 

7) Explore the Gryffindor Common Room at Gloucestershire Cathedral

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Visit one of the oldest stars of the Harry Potter films with a trip to Gloucester Cathedral. Its beautiful cloisters, complete with awe inspiring fan vaulted ceilings, lead to the Gryffindor Common Room, and have also been stormed through by a troll and graced by the fat lady.

8) Pull into Goathland Station

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Climb aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway where you can enjoy a ride through picturesque countryside before pulling into Goathland Station, which doubled as Hogsmeade station in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

9) Pop into the Leaky Cauldron in Leadenhall Market

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Fancy a visit to the Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or  a stroll down Diagon Alley? Leadenhall Market in the City of London was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, whilst the entrance to wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron, is in real life an optician in Bull’s Head Passage.

10) Apparate in London’s Piccadilly Circus

 

Marvel at the bright lights and bustling atmosphere of London’s Piccadilly Circus, where Harry, Hermione and Ron materialise and have to jump out of the way to narrowly miss being hit a London bus.

Melissa Brobby

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