The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling are one of the most popular series of all times which has led to fans all over the world. Many fans simply love the books, while others prefer the movies and yet others love anything Harry Potter related whether they are the books or the movies. If you are a Harry Potter fan and plan on going to England sometime in the near future, the good news is that you will have plenty of great places to see. Because London alone has plenty of great places for Harry Potter fans to visit, this list focuses on the rest of England, excluding London.
If you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies, you will love the small town of Lacock in Wiltshire, England (only 13 miles to the east of Bath). If you walk down the quaint little streets, you will quickly recognize the house that Dumbledore and Harry retrieve Slughorn from in Half Blood Prince. But that is not the only Harry Potter sight in this small town. Lacock Abbey is not only beautiful but this is where key parts of both Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets were filmed. You will recognize both the courtyard and hallways as Hogwarts from these two movies. In case you can’t remember the scenes yourself, they even have a small sign posted showing a few movie stills to help you remind yourself.
If you are already in Lacock, you are not too far from Gloucester Cathedral (only 50 miles to the north of Bath). This is another of the many locations across England where scenes from the movies were shot. If you visit the cathedral’s cloisters, you will recognize more scenes from Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, specifically right before the trio deals with the troll in the bathroom.
Oxford is another place where many of the shots of Hogwarts were filmed. When you visit Christ Church College, you will recognize it from Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone. Here you can find the grand staircase the students walk up on arrival to Hogwarts as well as the dining hall. The Duke Humfrey’s Library in Oxford is the inspiration for the Hogwarts library in the same movie. Continuing with the first film, you can visit the Bodleian Library’s Divinity School for a sight of the hospital wing (which was also used in Half Blood Prince for Ron’s recovery). To relive Draco’s experience of being a ferret, be sure to visit the New College cloister while in Oxford.
For more shots of Hogwarts from the movies, visit Durham Cathedral. You will see the quadrangle as where Harry sets Hedwig to fly in the first film as well as where Ron burps up slugs in the second.
For even more filming locations of Hogwarts, visit Alnwick Castle (located about 30 miles from Newcastle). You will recognize this site from Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone as the site of Harry’s first flying lesson as well as the site from Chamber of Secrets where Harry and Ron crash into the Whomping Willow.
Lavenham is a medieval town in Suffolk, England and is the site where Lily and James Potter were killed by Voldemort in the flashbacks in Deathly Hallows Part 2.
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