While we’re living in the UK, we’ve been trying *trying* to see as many Harry Potter film locations as we could. So, below is the Harry Potter wishlist with screenshots from the movies, and then links to the blog posts where we actually visit these places! I do not own any of these images, Warner Brothers does.
1. Reptile House, London Zoo – When Harry and the Dursleys go to the zoo, Harry speaks to a snake and Dudley gets trapped in the snake enclosure. This was filmed at the real London Zoo! DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter Sightings
2. Entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, London – a) Leadenhall Market has the shop doorway that was the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron pub used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. b) The entranceway used for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was in Borough Market. DONE! See this blog posts –> a) Harry Potter – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more b) Harry Potter Sightings
3. Diagon Alley, London – The Leadenhall Market in London was used for the empty shots of Diagon Alley. DONE! See this blog post –> London, Oxford and Durham – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more
4. Gringott’s Bank, London – Of all places, the interior of Gringott’s Bank was the interior of Australia House, the Australian embassy building in London. DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter Sightings
5. The Visitor’s Entrance to the Ministry of Magic, Scotland Place, London – In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and Mr Weasley enter the Ministry of Magic via a phone booth down a side street. However, the phone was put on the street corner just for filming. DONE! See this blog post –> Catching Up on Harry Potter Sightings
6. Lambeth Bridge, London – In the 3rd Harry Potter film, this is the bridge where the Knightbus squeezes behind two London double decker buses. Hehe! DONE! See this blog post –> Catching Up on Harry Potter Sightings
7. Platform 9 3/4, London – So, you can go to King’s Cross Station in London and there’s half a trolley stuck to the wall somewhere near a sign saying Platform 9 3/4. Fantastic! DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more
8. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland – The wonderful train bridge that the Hogwarts Express goes over is on a train line from Fort William to Mallaig in Scotland. It’s on the to-do list! DONE! See this blog post –> Scotland has Harry Potter Locations Too
9. Christ Church College, St Aldate’s – Oxford – Hogwarts Great Hall and the stairs going up to it! DONE – See this blog post –> Harry Potter in Oxford
10. Alnwick Castle – Alnwick, Northumberland – Some exterior areas of this castle were used for various scenes in the first Harry Potter film. DONE! See this blog post –> Northumberland – Visiting Alnwick Castle
11. Gloucester Cathedral – Gloucester – Hogwarts School corridors in the first two films were filmed around this cathedral. DONE! See this blog post –> Gloucester – A Stunning Cathedral
12. Divinity School, Bodleian Library – Oxford – The Hogwarts infirmary and dancing lessons were filmed here. DONE – See this blog post –> Harry Potter in Oxford
13. Duke Humfrey’s Library, Bodleian Library – Oxford – The Hogwarts library was filmed here. DONE – See this blog post –> Harry Potter in Oxford
14. New College – Oxford – Malfoy was turned into a ferret here, but the cloisters were also used for other school scenes too! DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more
15. Harrow School – Harrow – A classroom here was used as Professor Flitwick’s “Swish and Flick” Charms class. This would be fun! Harrow School (part of greater London) has public tours 4 times a year and we visited one weekend. DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter – Finally Visiting Harrow School
16. Elephant House, Edinburgh – The place where JK Rowling wrote the first 3 Harry Potter books over cups of tea or coffee. I did see this cafe when my family and I came to Edinburgh last time, but I think it’s worth seeing again. DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter Sightings
17. Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire – This abbey was used for a couple of scenes in Harry Potter. In the Philosopher’s Stone, the Mirror of Erised room was in the Chapter House of the abbey. Also Snape’s classroom. And in the Chamber of Secrets, Harry leaves Professor Lockhart’s room after serving detention and hears the basilisk through the wall. DONE – See this blog post –> Heading to Wales: Averbury and an Abbey
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Additions
18. Kidnapping a Ministry staff member, Scotland Place, London – This street corner which was used for the Ministry of Magic entrance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was used again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Our trio waited on this corner to kidnap a few Ministry of Magic employees. DONE! See this blog post –> Catching Up on Harry Potter Sightings
19. Apparating into Piccadilly Circus – After the wedding at The Borrow, our trio apparated into the middle of the street at Piccadilly Circus and quickly backed into the fence barricade! DONE! See this blog post –> Catching Up on Harry Potter Sightings
20. Snape arrives at Malfoy Manor – At the very beginning of DH1, Snape apparates in front of Malfoy Manor before walking inside to the Death eater meeting. Malfoy Manor is actually Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, except with pointed roofs on top. It’s a National Trust location so should be a visit place to visit. DONE! See this blog post –> Yorkshire – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Sights
21. Camping at Loch Etive – The trio camped in some wonderful places. Such beautiful locations. One of the locations they camped at was Loch Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. It’s where Ron has an argument with Harry and Hermione and leaves. DONE! See this blog post –> Scotland has Harry Potter Locations Too
22. Camping at Malham Cove – This one below is Malham Cove, which has these fascinating limestone rock formations. Harry and Hermione work out some more about the Deathly Hallows and the clue the snitch provides while camped on these rocks. DONE! See this blog post –> Yorkshire – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Sights
23. Visiting Godric’s Hollow in Lavenham, Suffolk – Though the Harry Potter stars didn’t actually go to Lavenham to film, Godric’s Hollow was the town of Lavenham in Suffolk. In particular, Harry’s family home was Lavenham Guidhall, made to seem destructed by computer graphics. DONE! See this blog post –> Suffolk – an Abbey, a Brewery and a Medieval Village
24. Dobby dies on Freshwater West beach – At the end of the DH1 when Dobby dies, our team is down on Freshwater West beach in the County of Pembrokeshire in Wales. The house in the background is the Freshwater West Shell House, which was apparently also used in Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood film also. DONE! See this blog post –> Pembrokeshire – Pretty Welsh Seasides
There are so many Harry Potter sights on this list already, but we’ve still managed to accidentally find new ones as we investigate film scenes further! So, we’ll add those ones on here.
25. Durham Cathedral for various HP scenes – When we went to Lacock Abbey, it turned out a couple of the scenes attributed to Lacock Abbey were actually filmed at Durham Cathedral. This includes when Harry tells Ron he is selected for the Quidditch team, when Harry walks Snowy out into a snowy courtyard, when Harry frees Dobby from Malfoy’s service and more! DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more
26. Millennium Bridge is destroyed by Deatheaters – In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Deatheaters are terrorizing London which includes destroying the Millennium Bridge! While none of the Harry Potter stars were filmed here, its still a Harry Potter film location right? DONE! See this blog post –> Harry Potter – Platform 9 3/4, the Leaky Cauldron and more
27. Warner Brothers Studio Tour – If you can only see one Harry Potter sight while in the UK, go to the Harry Potter WB studios. It’s amazing and full of every set, every prop and every costume used in all the films. They fully re-created the Great Hall and Diagon Alley. It’s spectacular, so go see it! DONE! See this blog posts –> London – The Harry Potter Studio Tour
So, basically, this is my Harry Potter to do list! As they get done, they’ll get mentioned in a blog post and I’ll come back here and strike them off.
Should be good fun!