✨ Top 10 'Harry Potter' Film Locations around UK ✨
1. The Hogwarts Express
On its way to Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the flying Ford Anglia lands on - what is in real life - the Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the West Highland line between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland.
There’s a regular diesel service, but if you want to cross the viaduct in a Hogwart's Express-style steam locomotive, West Coast Railways run the Jacobite Steam Train during the summer season (May to October).
2. The Setting of Hogwarts
Push further into Scotland to see Glencoe where the dramatic landscapes round Hogwarts were filmed. You might recognise the Steall Falls at Glen Nevis from the Tri-Wizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire (2005).
The rugged beauty and natural drama of the Scottish Highlands are the perfect background for the first two Harry Potter films - where the Quidditch matches were filmed against the backdrop of Glen Nevis (also used for Braveheart, Rob Roy and Highlander II).
3. Hogwarts School Quadrangle
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was realised on film through a bewildering number of locations throughout the UK. Amongst the most spectacular, Durham Cathedral is one of the UK’s finest Norman buildings.
Durham’s elegant cloisters became the snow-covered quadrangle, where Harry sets the owl flying in the first film and is also the scene of Ron’s slug vomiting in the Chamber of Secrets. The cathedral chapter house is the venue for Professor McGonagall’s class teaching the young wizards to turn animals into water goblets.
4. Hogwarts Library and Infirmary
Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Library starred in 3 of the Harry Potter films. The medieval Duke Humfrey's Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the elaborate fan-vaulted Divinity School became Hogwart’s infirmary.
Tour this historic place of learning and you'll also be seeing where Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien once studied.
Grab your broomstick and head to Alnwick Castle, the site of Madame Hooch’s flying lesson in the first film.
You can even have a go yourself with regular "broomstick flying" sessions. Otherwise, discover 700 years of history, spectacular gardens with water sculptures, and one of the world’s largest treehouses at this Northumberland castle.
Alnwick was also used in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991) and Elizabeth (1997).
6. Leadenhall Market, London, England
Leadenhall is a superb example of a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted roof.
7. Platform 9¾
If that seems short on magic, head towards the entrance to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the station. There you’ll find a trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall marked ‘Platform 9¾’.
Outside you’ll see the neo-gothic facade of St Pancras that appears in the background when the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
8. Where Harry Talks to the Snake
London Zoo's Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking to snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). If you fancy chatting to snakes, or any other animals for that matter, London Zoo's the place.
9. Look out for Moarning Myrtle
While you may not meet Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle in these halls, an ancient wooden door leads down to the old crypt, said to be haunted by monks from the old Gloucester monastery.
Scenes from the first two films were shot here including the shots of Harry and Ron hiding from the troll.
10. Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's Shell Cottage
It’s no stranger to film crews and has also served in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (2010) as the backdrop to the climactic battle.
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