Now that the Harry Potter books and movies are years behind us, we have to make do with snippets of , minor or projects such as to keep the magic alive. However, did you know that you can also take it upon your Muggle self and actually create some epic wizarding experiences for yourself by visiting a slew of real filming locations used in the Harry Potter franchise?
Take note that most of these are located in England or Scotland, but if you ever find yourself in that wonderful part of the world, be sure to swing by!
1. The Dursleys’ House
Location: Picket Post Close in Berkshire, England
If you care to visit the horrible house Harry grew up in with the Dursleys, head on over to the fictional Little Whinging in Berkshire, England. There stands the real row of houses used in the actual films. Sadly, you can’t access the buildings to see whether the cupboard under the stairs is really there or not.
2. Reptile House
Location: London Zoo in London, England
Head to the London Zoo if you want to take a peek at the exhibit in which Harry first communicated with the boa constrictor in parseltongue. There are even two footprints etched into the ground where Daniel Radcliffe stood to film the scene.
3. Platform 9 3/4
Location: Kings Cross station in London, England
Walking between platforms 8 and 9 in London’s King’s Cross, you’re bound to bump into a trolley in the processes of smashing itself onto the infamous platform 9 3/4. I wouldn’t attempt trying to get over to the other side yourself, though.
4. Hogwarts Train Ride
Location: Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland
That scenic moment that showed the Hogwarts Express huff and puff its way through the wilderness to the school was actually filmed at the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland. Isn’t it stunning?
Location: Australia House, Strand, London
If you’re looking for somewhere to , look no further than the real location of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in London. Here’s the scene from the movie:
6. Setting For Hogwarts
Location: Glencoe in Scotland
The dramatic backdrop to Hogwarts was filmed up north in Glencoe in Scotland, an area of dramatic natural beauty and also home to the Ben Nevis mountain-range.
7. Professor Flitwick’s Charms Lesson
Location: Harrow School in Oxford, England
Be sure to practice your swish and flick before you enter the old classroom located in the heart of Harrow School in Oxfordshire.
8. The Forbidden Forest
Location: Black Park Country Park in Buckinghamshire, England
Many of the scenes throughout the series that were based in the Forbidden Forest were actually filmed in Black Park Country Park in Buckinghamshire, just outside London.
9. Harry’s First Flying Lesson
Location: Alnwick in Northumberland, England
Grab your Nimbus 2000 and get ready to practice your Quidditch skills with Madame Hooch. The real location of where this particular scene was filmed was actually way up at Alnwick castle in Northumberland, England.
This location was used for the scenes in which Harry and Ron’s flying car smashes into the Whomping Willow, too.
10. Hogsmeade Station
Location: Goathland railway station in North Yorkshire, England
The destination for the Hogwarts Express, Hogsmeade is where Hagrid welcomes all the new students at the beginning of each wizarding academic year. Sadly, you won’t find the giant waving you a friendly hello when you zoom into Goathland railway station these days.
11. 12 Grimmauld Place
Location: Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London, England
In Order of the Phoenix, we are introduced to the Blacks place of residence. These days, you can sneak a peek at the facade that was used in the movies by visiting the building’s real location at a park-like square near Sir John Soane’s Museum in the center of the city.
12. Snape’s Potions Class
Location: Lacock Abbey in Bath, England
Attend Professor Snape’s Potions class if you’re feeling courageous at the 13th-century Lacock Abbey. A cauldron used in the Harry Potter movies is also located in one of the rooms.
13. The Hogwarts Corridors
Location: Gloucester Cathedral
Take care when visiting over 1,000-year-old Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester in case Moaning Myrtle of Nearly Headless Nick poke their heads out at you as you wander down the medieval corridors. The scenes in which Harry and Ron hide from the troll are also filmed here.
14. The Great Hall
Location: Christ Church college in Oxford, England
Christ Church College in Oxford served as the real location for many of the feasts and banquets held at Hogwarts, as well as Dumbledore’s welcoming speech. Adorned with ancient portraits and paintings and boasting medieval stonework, it is still used by the university’s students today. Here is it in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:
15. Diagon Alley & The Leaky Cauldron
Location: Leadenhall Market in London, England
The Leadenhall Market in the center of London was used as the facade of The Leaky Cauldron pub, which also served as the entrance to Diagon Alley of course. It’s originally a covered Victorian street market that is still used as such today.
16. Shell Cottage
Location: Tinworth in Cornwall, England
Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s beachside cottage is located in the south of England along a stretch of isolated Pembrokeshire beaches. It’s also the area where Dobby is apparently buried in the fictional story.
17. Malfoy Manor
Location: Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, England
Another real location used in the Harry Potter series is Hardwick Hall, adapted to be the dark Malfoy Manor in the movies. In the picture above though, it definitely looks less menacing.
18. The Hogwarts School Library
Location: Duke Humfrey’s Library in Oxford, England
Duke Humfrey’s Library in Oxford is the real location used for the filming of the Hogwarts School Library, particularly notable in the scenes in which Harry sneaks into the restricted section to try to find out more about Nicholas Flamel.
19. Godric’s Hollow
Location: Lavenham in Suffolk, England
The pivotal scene in the final movie — in which Lily and James Potter tragically die and Harry becomes the Boy Who Lived — takes place in the small medieval village of Lavenham. It’s located just over 70 miles away from London.
Which real Harry Potter location would you love to visit?