Harry Potter Filming Sites in the U.K.

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 07/17/2015 - 14:11


If you're a muggle and have fallen under the spell of the magical world of Harry Potter then you won't want to miss out on some of these magnificent filming sites that are scattered throughout the UK. This enchanting movie series has had many tourists gallivanting around Britain in hopes of finding the famous sites like Hogwarts, Platform 9¾ and the Great Hall.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Alnwick Castle - England

This Medieval castle was used as a set for the fictional Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. You'll see Alnwick in familiar scenes like Harry's first broomstick flying lesson in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone or Ron's flying car crash in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Discover 700 years of history, spectacular gardens with water sculptures and one of the world’s largest treehouses.


Harry Potter Filming Sites

Christ Church, Oxford - England

When it comes to Harry Potter, few sights are as iconic as Hogwarts's Great Hall. In the film, young witches and wizards from each house gather around long tables for meals and ceremonial events – much like the students at Christ Church, a college at Oxford University. Visitors can get a peek at the real thing during a visit to the college – if there isn't an educational event going on, of course!


Harry Potter Filming Sites

The Jacobite Steam Engine - Scotland

Looking for an attraction that will scratch your Harry Potter sight-seeing itch and satisfy your travel companions? Try the Jacobite, a steam train that runs along the western coast of Scotland, giving travelers a gorgeous view of the Scottish countryside – and make you feel like you're riding the Hogwarts Express in real life. Potter fans should keep their eyes peeled for the Glenfinnan viaduct, the 21-arched overpass that is seen in the film.


Harry Potter Filming Sites

Glencoe - Scotland

Push further into Scotland to see Glencoe where the dramatic landscapes around Hogwarts were filmed. You'll 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 ).

Harry Potter Filming Sites

King's Cross Station - London

The Hogwarts Express departs from ‘Platform 9 ¾’ of King’s Cross Station, which is actually the arched wall between Platforms 4 and 5. 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 9 ¾’. Outside you’ll see the Neo-Gothic facade of St Pancras where the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).


Harry Potter Filming Sites

Leadenhall Market - London

The entrance to wizard’s pub, 'the Leaky Cauldron', is an optician in Bull’s Head Passage in Leadenhall Market in the City of London. Leadenhall is a superb example of a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted roof.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Millennium Bridge - London

If you're traveling to London, a stop by the Millennium Bridge is necessary for all visitors – but especially Potter fans. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, readers learn that the bridge was destroyed by Death Eaters sent by Voldemort. In reality, the bridge still stands today, and is the perfect path from St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern.


Harry Potter Filming Sites

Reptile House - London Zoo

London Zoo's Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with 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.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Durham Cathedral - England

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on film in a bewildering number of locations throughout the UK. One of the most spectacular is Durham Cathedral, 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.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Bodleian Library, Oxford - England

Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Library starred in three of the Harry Potter films. The medieval Duke Humfrey's Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the elaborately vaulted Divinity School became Hogwart’s infirmary. Tour this historic place of learning to see where Oscar Wilde, C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien once studied.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Gloucester Cathedral - England

If you scare easily, then be careful if you visit the Cathedral of Gloucester, which has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years. 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.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Goathland Station, North Yorkshire - England

Scenes involving Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films were shot at Goathland Railway Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, built in 1865 and virtually unchanged, it continues to serve the village of Goathland.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Lacock Abbey Cloisters - A Village Outside Bath - England

Some interior sequences in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed at Lacock, including the cloister walk where Harry comes out from Professor Lockhart's room after serving detention and hears the basilisk. During four days in October 2007 Lacock was also used to film some scenes for the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Bros. announced that the spooky nights of Hogwarts were also filmed here with most of the main characters including Daniel Radcliffe.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

The Divinity School, Oxford - England

The Divinity School served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, and where Professor McGonnagal taught students to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire - Wales

One of Wales ’ top surfing beaches, this stretch of golden sand was chosen as a location for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage in the latest instalment of the franchise. Dobby’s Shell Cottage, which features in the seventh and final film in the series, was built on the beach in 2009.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour - London

Last but not least, the place to visit is the actual studio itself where Harry Potter movies came to life! 11 years of filmmaking in this enchanting studio will have any die hard Harry Potter fan dust off their robes and pointy hats to dress for the occasion.   Yes, many children dress as their favorite characters, even the occasional Dobby fan wears nothing but a pillow case! With staff that’s just as enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Harry Potter world as its fans, you’re bound to be in well-suited company.

Harry Potter Filming Sites

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