Want a holiday with magical memories? Why not visit a few of the locations that have featured in the 6 Harry Potter films to date.
In the first film – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – the locations take you to some of the most beautiful and historic places of England. Exterior shots of Hogwarts School were taken at Alnwick castle in Northumberland, while the troll scene in Hogwarts toilets was filmed in Gloucester Cathedral. Also used were the Bodleian Library, London Zoo and Australia House in London, doubling as Gringotts Goblin Bank.
The second film – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – revisited many of these places, but also included Glenfinnan and GlenCoe in the Highlands of Scotland.
During the third film – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Loch Shiel joined the list of Highland attractions as the location of Hogwarts lake. St. Pauls Cathedral in London also makes an appearance as a staircase.
The Goblet of Fire was filmed in the same locations as the previous films, but the 5th film – Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix – suddenly branched out, including Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, as well as the River Thames in London. It also went exotic, with filming in Turkey.
The most recent film, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince – has also visited exotic climes. The winter scenes were filmed at Bjorli in Norway, while the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare and Lemon Rock in County Kerry also wave the flag for Ireland.
So with one film to go, where do you think they should film the bleak scenes as Harry and his pals try to avoid the dark side? Comments please…
By Julie Bowman