25 Magical Harry Potter Destinations Fans Can Visit In Real Life

Harry Potter Filming Locations You Can Visit in Real Life

25 Magical Harry Potter Destinations Fans Can Visit In Real Life

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Picket Post Close, Bracknell

Also known as the “Harry Potter house,” this actual residence was used as the set for No. 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, in the first two films. It was auctioned off in 2003; It's probably still a private residence, so we wouldn't recommend asking to go inside, but you can certainly walk around.

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London Zoo's Reptile House, London

Harry frees a python and realizes he can talk to snakes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Both inside and outside the real-life Reptile House were used for this scene.

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Big Ben, London

It's just for a moment, but Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are two landmarks in the background when Harry first travels to London with Hagrid.

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Leadenhall Market, London

This famous covered market in London is where Hagrid takes Harry to the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron Pub (42 Bull's Head Passage, in real life).

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King's Cross Station, London

Hagrid takes Harry to King's Cross so he can board a train to his new wizarding home.

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King's Cross Station, London

At the time of shooting, platforms 4 and 5 were apparently temporarily re-numbered 9 and 10. There actually is still a Platform 9 3/4 sign to this day (although you can't board the Hogwarts Express, sadly) with a cute disappearing trolley.

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King's Cross Station, London

King's Cross was also used in other Harry Potter films, all the way through Deathly Hallows.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan

This railway viaduct in Scotland was used for those gorgeous aerial shots of the Hogwarts Express. Nowadays, West Coast Railways has a train service that will take you over it as part of an 84-mile trip.

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Goathland Train Station, Goathland

And this station served as the location of Hogsmeade Station, where the students get off for Hogwarts.

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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

In the first and second Harry Potter films, Alnwick Castle acted as the set for Hogwarts; A number of other productions have also filmed there, including Downton Abbey and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

The location is stunning and expansive. It also (if you happen to be a fan of the Royal Family as well) was the location for Prince William's BFF Thomas van Straubenzee's wedding to Lady Melissa Percy.

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Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

The cathedral doubled as the inside of Hogwarts on multiple movies, including The Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Half Blood Prince.

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Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

Including when Harry and Ron spot an enormous troll down a long hallway.

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Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester

And here's a shot of the late Alan Rickman (a treasure, gone too soon) shooting The Half-Blood Prince.

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Harrow School, Harrow

Professor Flitwick teaches Harry how to use a wand in the Harrow School's Fourth Form Room (the classroom dates all the way back to 1615). The Crown has also apparently shot at Harrow School. There are public tours, but check to see when.

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Duke Humfrey's Library, Oxford

The scenes in the Hogwarts Library—where Hermione reads, where Harry steals a restricted book—was one of a few locations filmed at Oxford.

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Divinity School, Oxford

In The Half-Blood Prince, Ron recovers in the infirmary after being poisoned—which was actually shot inside the Divinity School.

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New College Cloister, Oxford

In The Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye Moody transforms Draco Malfoy into a ferret, right in this courtyard.

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Christ Church Dining Hall, Oxford

And, even though filming actually didn't take place in this iconic dining hall, it was the inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts.

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Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

The abbey served as another set for Hogwarts. Harry is chosen for the Quidditch team and attends Snape's classes here. Yes, you can take tours of the abbey.

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Durham Cathedral, Durham

And Durham Cathedral also contributed exterior and interior locations for various scenes in the early films…

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Durham Cathedral, Durham

…including one where Harry walked with Hedwig through a snowy, secluded courtyard.

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Glencoe, Highlands

This Scottish village was used for many an outdoor shot—the bridge to Hogwarts and Hagrid's hut, to name a couple. It's as close as we'll probably get to an actual Hogwarts campus.

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Virginia Water, Windsor

Meanwhile, this was the set of Hogwart's Lake when Harry rode on a hippogriff, as well as scenes between Harry, Ron, and Hermione in The Goblet of Fire.

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Loch Shiel, Highlands

Several Scotland lakes (lochs) were used in The Prisoner of Azkaban (where Harry finally summons his Patronus). Loch Eilt and Loch Morar were also used.

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Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden

When the cast and crew weren't headed off to a historical location, they shot primarily at the studio in Leavesden. Here, for Goblet of Fire, tents were set up for the Quidditch World Cup (they ly don't exist anymore, but there's plenty more at the studio).

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Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden

The studio now has a very detailed Harry Potter tour, with sets, costumes, and all sorts of props from the various films.

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Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden

Oh yeah, and Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Prince Harry all visited for the opening of the attraction in 2013. Here's the set used to depict Diagon Alley.

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Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden

Here, Prince Harry visits the set of The Burrow (the Weasley house).

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Warner Bros. Studio, Leavesden

And the trio visit the Great Hall of Hogwarts (so impressive)!

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Harry Potter Vacation Locations You Can Visit

25 Magical Harry Potter Destinations Fans Can Visit In Real Life

Step inside the magical setting at The Warner Bros. Studio London, which is hosting the first-ever Dinner in the Great Hall at Hogwarts on December 3.

Guests will dine amongst props featured in the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and feast on flaming Christmas pudding, hams studded with cherries, and butterbeer.

And, did we mention diners will also be given their own wand? (!!!)




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 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. alnwickcastle.com

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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 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. chch.ox.ac.uk


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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 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. westcoastrailways.co.uk

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Perhaps one of the best known Harry Potter attractions, this iconic train station has a Platform 9 3/4 sign, complete with a cart appearing to be halfway through the wall.

The “platform” may be a fake, but Potter still travels through the real King's Cross in the film, so it's doubly worth a trip.

However, don't make a wizard and actually run your cart into the wall, however: You'll just end up with flying luggage and a headache. networkrail.co.uk



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It may have originated as a magical sport, but Quidditch has made its way to the muggle world.

And thanks to a number of seriously devoted Potter fans, you can attend the Quidditch World Cup, just Ron, Harry, and Hermione did in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The good news is that un in the book, the real-life Quidditch World Cup is held annually, in April – this year in South Carolina. usquidditch.org

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Potter fans may not be able to pay a visit to Olivander's Wand Shop in real life, but Wynott's Wands will get them pretty close. Visitors say that the teeny shop feels just something J.K. Rowling's imagination, and is located in the magical capital of America: Salem, Massachusetts. yelp.com


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The London Zoo doesn't appear on screen in Harry Potter for long – but the scene it does appear in is significant. Harry communicates with a snake, later revealed to be due to his ability to speak parseltongue, which becomes a fairly significant plot throughout the series. Visit the reptile enclave at the London Zoo to see where it all began. zsl.org


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