The Harry Potter books, written by JK Rowling, are famous for being some of the best-selling books, ever. The tales follow Harry’s adventures through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy. Harry lives under the stairs in a house with his uncle, aunt and spoilt cousin, Dudley. Harry is conveyed from his ordinary life to a boarding school for wizards, Hogwarts. Here he meets new friends, discovers new skills like flying on a broomstick and ends up confronting his parents’ killer.
So you have read the series of books and seen the movies, now what better way to indulge your imagination than to visit some of the amazing Harry Potter film locations in the UK.
The Harry Potter story begins in the fictional town of Little Whinging in London. Harry is welcomed to the city lived in by Muggles (non-magic people). Harry takes a train from King’s Cross Station to Hogwarts wizard school, where Harry will be schooled for the next seven years. Filming for The Order of the Phoenix sees them take to their broomsticks, whizzing down the River Thames and over London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Eye and Tower Bridge.
Movie buffs can visit Leicester Square, where the stars from the movies, including Daniel Radcliffe, have all strolled down the red carpet outside the Odeon Theatre when attending the movies’ premieres.
North East England
The scenes from the School grounds of Hogwarts were filmed on location at the beautiful Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland. It’s here that Harry first learned to fly on a broomstick.
Durham Cathedral features in The Sorcerer’s Stone, with Harry walking with Hedwig, his white owl, through the snow-covered cloisters.
North West England
You can spot Hagrid and Harry speeding through the Queensway Tunnel at Liverpool, on Sirius Black’s flying motorbike.
The famous Christ Church College inspired The Sorcerer’s Stone scene, where the children come down a fabulous stone staircase, the very one that leads into the Great Hall at Christ Church.
Many movie scenes relating to Hogwarts, were shot in the ornate, vaulted corridors at the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral. Lacock Abbey was used for when Harry was selected for Gryffindor’s Quidditch team.
Shell Cottage, the home of Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley features in both of the Deathly Hallows films. The cottage was temporarily located on Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire. You may also spot the same beach in Part II, where Hermione, Ron and Harry wash up on the sands, after leaping off the back of the dragon.
Glencoe and Fort William regions of Scotland feature several times in exterior shots, particularly scenes showing the grounds of Hogwarts. The tourist Jacobite Steam Train that runs between Mallaig and Fort William was the Hogwarts Express Train that carried Hermione, Ron and Harry to school each year.
Glencoe outdoor locations feature quite frequently in other Harry Potter movies, such as The Half-Blood Prince and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter Studio Tour
A visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour at the Leavesden Studios near London is a must for any Potter fans. You are taken on a behind the scenes tour, through various amazing sets from the Harry Potter movies.
You can plan your adventure now, in an affordable way, by renting a static caravan from Rent My Caravan near to any of the above Harry Potter film locations. You will be able to book directly with owners on a wide choice of UK holiday parks. And if you spot any Muggles, do let us know.