• Many of the iconic Hogwarts filming locations in the Harry Potter films are real locations in the United Kingdom, such as Alnwick Castle and the Great Hall of Christ Church College.
  • Fans can visit these locations, such as Alnwick Castle in England and the Highlands of Scotland, to experience the magic of Harry Potter and even take free broom-riding lessons.
  • Other notable locations include Livraria Lello in Portugal, which inspired the design of Hogwarts Library, and King’s Cross Station in London, where the Hogwarts Express departs from platform 9 3/4.

Authenticity Harry Potter the films originate from many historical filming locations throughout the United Kingdom. A lot of the exterior footage of Hogwarts that we see was actually filmed in locations that you can visit. From Oxford University to the Scottish Highlands, here are some of the real-life Muggle locations that inspired Hogwarts and became film locations. Harry Potter movies.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

An orphan boy enrolls in a wizarding school where he learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil plaguing the wizarding world.

Date of issue
November 16, 2001

Chris Columbus

Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Saunders Triplets, Daniel Radcliffe, Fiona Shaw

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Alnwick Castle, England

Daniel Radcliffe plays Quidditch in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Alnwick Castle is located in the northern part of England. The exterior of the 950-year-old building became the setting for Hogwarts Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). Alnwick Castle is visible when Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends move from class to class, and also when they head to Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). But most famously, the grounds of Alnwick Castle are where Harry first rides his broom and where he learns about Quidditch from his friend Oliver Wood (Sean Biggerstaff). Alnwick Castle staff help the many Potter fans who come to visit by providing free broom flying lessons.

Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford University

Boats arrive at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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V Harry Potter In the films, Hogwarts Great Hall is a faux set, but its mystical and ancient design was inspired by the Great Hall of Christ Church College, Oxford University. The similarities between the real Great Hall and the magical Great Hall are striking; high ceiling, long dining tables, large mullioned windows and a teacher’s desk at the head of the room. The Great Hall of Christ Church College also has large ornate portrait frames scattered all over its old walls, not unlike the moving portraits you see decorating the corridors of Hogwarts. In addition, in Christ Church College itself there is a staircase, famous for the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where young Harry and the other first years meet Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) for the first time.

Highlands of Scotland

In the magical world, Hogwarts School exists somewhere in the Scottish Highlands, and the reason it has never been found is because it is invisible to Muggles. But Potter fans can get closer to its boundaries, starting with a place called Loch Arkaig, which is located a few miles from Hogwarts and became the resting place of Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon). You can also see Loch Arkaig at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) during the scene where Harry Potter, Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattison), Viktor Krum (English)Stanislav Yanevsky) and Fluer Delacour (Clémence Poesy) are about to dive into the depths of the Great Lake. Another Potter filming location in the Scottish Highlands is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the Great Bridge, which the Hogwarts Express crosses on its way to Hogwarts. And of course, “It’s not Hogwarts without you, Hagrid,” so Potter fans should definitely visit the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe, where the exterior of Hagrid’s hut was filmed. You can run over grassy hills like Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) made into Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to Hagrid’s house and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish highlands.

Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

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Another beautiful part of Hogwarts Castle is the library. Although its peaceful interiors have inspired “dark academy” Pinterest boards everywhere, the Hogwarts library is only seen briefly in the films (despite the fact that Hermione spends 80% of her time there while reading books). But the magical and alluring design of the library has captured the imagination of many Potter fans. Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, is a neo-Gothic-style bookshop that inspired JK Rowling’s look for the Hogwarts library.

New College of Oxford University

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The 1,000-year-old charm of Oxford University is perhaps the closest Potter fans will get to making their Hogwarts fantasies come to life in the flesh. New Oxford College attracts Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) fans from all over the world, because in the courtyard of New College there is a tree from which Draco falls. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Unfortunately, only Draco was allowed an exception to tree climbing, but you can still take photos up close to his massive trunk and shady branches.

Goathland Station, England

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To witches and wizards it is known as Hogsmeade Station, but to Muggles it is known as Goathland Station. You don’t need to bump into brick walls between platforms nine and ten to be able to ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which takes you through the picturesque English countryside before you enter Goathland station, made famous by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Gloucester Cathedral, England

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You can experience neo-Gothic architecture in the corridors of Gloucester Cathedral, where Harry and Ron grew up from first year to sixth year. Gloucester Cathedral was first seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where Harry and the other newly appointed Gryffindors walk down the Gloucester corridor towards the Gryffindor common room. High ceilings and meticulously detailed hallways can also be seen in Harry Potter And The Chamber of secrets (2002), when Harry, Ron and Hermione discover that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. IN Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince (2009), An older Harry and Ron are lounging in one of the ancient corridors before Mrs. McGongall shoos them away, but we also see Snape (Alan Rickman) and Draco argue in the shadows of one of Gloucester’s corridors.

Millennium Bridge

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The Millennium Footbridge is located in central London. This bridge is shown at the very beginning Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince when Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) Death Eaters are wreaking havoc throughout London. The Death Eaters use magic to break the bridge’s steel hangers and we see the bridge collapse. Muggle pedestrians walking across the bridge scream in horror. The bridge collapses, but the Muggles have no idea why because they can’t see the Death Eaters. However, in real life the Millennium Bridge is in perfectly good condition and Harry Potter fans can happily walk through it.

King’s Cross Station

Harry Potter first meets Wilsey in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on Platform 9 3/4.
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King’s Cross Station is a must-see. Harry Potter fans visit London. The Hogwarts Express departs from platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross every year on September 1st. Although Muggles do not have access to Platform 9 3/4, they can visit the Platform 9 3/4 store in King’s Cross, full of official merchandise. Harry Potter product. You can also see exterior shots of the famous train station, which can be seen at Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. IN Harry Potter And The Chamber of secrets when Harry and Ron decide to ride in Arthur Weasley’s car (Mark Williams) Ford Anglia to school, behind them you can see the elegant architecture of the St Pancras Hotel, which is located right next to King’s Cross Station.

Claremont Square, London

The Black House at 12 Grimmauld Place in Harry Potter
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Claremont Square – located in Islington, London, better known Harry Potter fans like 12 Grimmauld Place. Although the inside of the Black family home is creepy and gloomy, the outside is identical to the neighboring three-story townhouses. Harry Potter Fans will be pleased to know that 12 Grimmauld Place looks exactly the same in real life as it does in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

St Paul’s Cathedral

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That cool spiral staircase we first see in Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban which acts as a path to Professor Trelawney (Emma Thompson) The divination classroom is actually a real staircase located in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. This staircase is known as the Ladder of Divination. Although the Divination Staircase does not move like the other staircases at Hogwarts, it is still majestic and inviting, and you can visit it by asking permission from a member of staff at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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