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Harry Potter places to visit in England and Scotland

Even though the last of the Harry Potter movies has been out of theaters for a long time, there are still plenty of fans, both children and adults, who just can’t say goodbye to the young wizard and his friends. If you’re still looking for Harry Potter’s “castle” (aka Hogwarts), you’ll have to travel a bit. It is made up of chunks of castles, cathedrals and university canteens across Britain. Why not plan an itinerary to Harry Potter filming locations in England and Scotland to re-immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry?

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Travel to Hogwarts via the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highlands Railway

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N Hanover St , Glasgow G1 2AF , Reino Unido

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Harry Potter regularly traveled through the dark hills of the Western Highlands of Scotland on the way to Hogwards. The 42-mile stretch of railway, between Fort William and Mallaig, cuts through much of the landscape seen in the movies, including Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, Loch Shiel and Glen Nevis, the backdrop for Quidditch scenes. . The journey takes about an hour and twenty minutes and costs (in 2017 prices, if booked well in advance) £ 7 each way.

Of course, without movie special effects, it’s a lot less threatening, but the area has its own dark history. It was from Glenfinnan, midway on the journey, that Bonnie Prince Charlie launched the ill-fated Jacobite Revolt in an attempt to put her father on the throne as James III. Few of the men who marched to London from here ever returned.

The impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct you travel through on this journey, crossing approximately 1,000 feet of the valley in 21 arches, reaching a height of approximately 100 feet, was the backdrop for the flying car sequence in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of the secrets”.

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Getting there: If you are traveling by train from Glasgow Queen Street to Mallaig, an advanced ticket costs around £ 15.50 each way and the journey takes approximately five hours and twenty minutes. In the end, you won’t find Hogwarts. Mallaig is a busy ferry and fishing port, the gateway to Skye and the smaller islands. A better option is to first travel to Fort William, at the base of Ben Nevis, stay and then start over to enjoy the “Harry Potter” leg of the journey.

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Walk the halls of Hogwarts at Gloucester Cathedral

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12 College Green , Gloucester GL1 2LX , Reino Unido

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Gloucester Cathedral has some of the finest cloisters in England with vaults that rival the naves of many other churches. They stood in the corridors and other settings in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince “.

If you plan to join Harry Potter fans from around the world who have visited here, spend some time exploring this magnificent cathedral. Some parts have been a place of worship for 1,300 years, since its founding as an Anglo-Saxon religious community in the 7th century. There is a whispering gallery that children will love and the Cathedral guides (available Monday through Saturday from 10:45 am to 3:15 pm and from noon to 2:30 pm) can show you where the different scenes were filmed.

How to get there: London Paddington Great Western trains run regularly. The journey takes between two and two and a half hours and costs around £ 36 (in 2017) when booked well in advance as two one-way tickets. Most trips involve changing trains at Swindon Station.

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Harry Potter and Oxford

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Radcliffe Sq , Oxford OX1 3BG , Reino Unido

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+44 1865 277162

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Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university, has the look that makes it a natural backdrop for Harry Potter and his friends. And indeed, a lot of Oxford locations were used in the movie. The Duke Humphrey Library in the Radcliffe Chamber of the Bodleian Library was the Hogwarts Library and the Gothic English Room of the Divinity School, built in 1488 and the oldest teaching room at the University, replacing the Hogwarts Sanatarium.

But the most famous setting of all, the Great Hall at Christ Church College, was not actually used as a set, but was copied, almost line by line, into one of the most impressive sets in the film.

You can visit the Royal Great Hall set during the WB Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter (see item 5). But you can visit the fabulous hall that inspired him and wander the university grounds in search of more Harry Potter locations. One you don’t want to miss is the impressive 16th century staircase that leads to the Great Hall. It’s where Professor McGonagall greeted Harry and the other freshmen when they arrived at Hogwarts. And the ladder was filmed for that scene.

Christ Church College is open to the public, although as a functioning academic institution and Cathedral, hours are limited and some areas may be closed from time to time. The Great Hall itself is generally closed from noon to 2:30 p.m. Expect to pay an admission charge of around £ 7 and get in a long line.

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Learn to fly from Harry’s teachers at Alnwick Castle

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Alnwick NE66 1NQ, UK

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The second largest inhabited castle in England (pronounced An-nick, by the way), it represented so many scenes from the Potter movies that it could also be called Hogwarts. Home to the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland, for over 700 years, the castle is open to the public between April and October. Check out the scenes from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, both filmed here.

By the way, the special effects team went to town at this location, so you may have to stretch your imagination a bit to see the “real” castle through your Muggle eyes.

Getting there: Almouth train station is 15 minutes away and has an hourly bus service. Taxis are also available at the train station.

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Stalk a villain in Hardwick Hall

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Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ, UK

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The much married Bess of Hardwick who, after Queen Elizabeth I, was the greatest celebrity of the Elizabethan era, built herself a remarkable house in the Peak District. It has so many windows and so many extraordinary glass that, shortly after the rhyme was built, “Hardwick Hall was often said, more glass than wall.” At night, with all its rooms lit with candles, it was said to look like a magic lantern on a hill.

But on foggy winter mornings, the house takes on a decidedly more mysterious look; which is why it was probably chosen as the considerably darker play scene for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. In the film, the exteriors of Hardwick Hall were the sinister stand-ins for the gloomy Malfoy Manor.”

Owned by the National Trust, Hardwick Hall is considered the most complete Elizabethan house in Britain. It is open to the public and hosts a series of family-oriented events in the holiday and school vacation seasons. While you’re there, visit the Chamber of Magic and become Harry Potter or Hermione with the hall’s own wizard wands and capes.

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Go behind the scenes with the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour London

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Warner Drive , Watford WD25 7LR , Reino Unido

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WB Studios Leavesden, about 20 miles northwest of London, is where much of the movies and most of the special effects were created. Since 2012, visitors have been able to explore the real settings.

A special attraction is the giant model of Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s castle, actually used in the movie. It’s a model, so you can’t walk around it, of course, but you can walk through these extraordinary outfits:

  • The great hall
  • Dumbledore’s office
  • The cobblestones of Diagon Alley with the windows of the Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the Gringotts Wizarding Bank and the Eeylops Owl Emporium.
  • The Gryffindor common room
  • The children’s bedroom.
  • Hagrid’s cabin
  • Potions classroom
  • Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic.

The tour reveals all kinds of behind-the-scenes secrets from the filmmakers on creating special effects props and more. And unlike the Harry Potter theme park rides that are created elsewhere, this is the real McCoy – the actual sets, gathered in the actual studios where the movies were made.

Family tickets £ 126 (in 2017) for four people (two adults and two children or one adult and three children). Individual and group tickets are also available. To book tickets and get more information, visit their website

How to get there: The nearest station is Watford Junction (20 minutes from London Euston or an hour from Birmingham New Street). A shuttle bus for ticket holders operates between the station and the studio. Visit National Rail Inquiries to plan your trip and purchase train tickets.

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