The Harry Potter movie locations
In this article we dive into the world of magic and sorcery. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is one of the best selling book series of all time. Since Warner Bros decides to make films about Harry, Ron, Hermione and their adventures, the hype only grew bigger. Most of the filming was done at Leavesden studios, but we went looking for the other, real life locations. Step into Harry's footsteps and go to Great-Britain.
The Hogwarts Express
King’s Cross Station
King's Cross is featured in the Harry Potter books and movies, as the starting point of the Hogwarts Express. To reach the hidden platform 9¾, wizards have to pass through the brick wall barrier between platforms 9 and 10. When the films were made, the station scenes took place within the main station, with platforms 4 and 5 renumbered 9 and 10. Also the exterior of the adjacent St. Pancras station was used, as its façade was considered more suitable for the movies than the real King's Cross station.
Within the station, a "Platform 9¾" sign has been erected on a wall of the station's building containing the real platforms 9 and 10. Half of a luggage trolley has also been installed below the sign; while the near end is visible, the rest of the trolley seems to have disappeared into the wall.
Platform 9¾ (Photo by SoxFan)
Hogsmeade Station is the end station of the Hogwarts Express. The train stops here after travelling from King's Cross. Scenes involving Hogsmeade Station were shot at Goathland railway station, built in 1865 and virtually unchanged, that serves the village of Goathland in the North York Moors.
Hogsmeade Station aka Goathland railway station (Photo by AXOTA)
The magnificent railway Glenfinnan viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland is also featured in the Harry Potter movies. It was built between 1897 and 1901. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel. The 21-arch single track viaduct was one of the largest engineering undertakings using concrete without reinforcements. You can experience your own magical train journey by taking the 'West Highland Line' between Fort William and Mallaig.
Glenfinnan Viaduct (Photo by Nicolas17)
The great hall
Oxford is known for it’s historical buildings and beautiful architecture. Christ Church, is one of the largest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Harry potter fans will recognize the Christ Church hall as the great hall at Hogwarts.
The great hall (Photo by Mtcv)
Some interior sequences in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed at Lacock Abbey, including the cloister walk where Harry freed Dobby. During four days in October 2007 Lacock was also used to film some scenes for the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Hogwarts interior (Photo by Ettlz)
Gloucester Catherdral also served as filming location. It was here that Harry saved Hermione from a troll in the first movie.
Hogwarts interior (Photo by William Avery)
Landscape scenes of the lake were shot at Loch Arkaig, Lochaber, Scotland. Due to the great number of midges however, the lakeside scenes involving actors were made at Virginia Water Lake in Surrey.
Loch Arkaig (Photo by Angela Mudge)
The forbidden forest
Ashridge is an estate and house in Hertfordshire, England. It is situated in the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about two miles (3 km) north of Berkhamsted and twenty miles (32 km) north west of London. The estate comprises 20 square kilometers (5,000 acres) of woodlands. Ashridge Common has been featured many times in film and television series due to its distinction as an area of natural beauty. Scenes for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were filmed in Ashridge''s Frithsden Beeches wood.
Ashridge forest (Photo by MichaelMaggs)