Today the new Harry Potter movie has world premiere and as most of you already know, most film locations for the Harry Potter films is found in England. Please join us in the first part of our Harry Potters England-cavalcade(for Scotland locations, please click here):
Kings Cross Station in London is where you find the platform 9 and ¾, where Hogwarts Express leaves from. At Kings Cross, you will find a sign on the wall that Harry Potter and his friends uses to get on to the platform. The actual platform used in the films is platform no. 4.
Leadenhall Market in London was used to in scenes about The Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley. The market dates back to the 14th century and is still in use.
Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire is a 13th century Abbey in the village of Lacock in Wiltshire, Southwest England. The abbey was founded by the Countess of Salisbury as a nunnery. When Henry VIII bought the house in 1539, he demolished big parts of the buildings, like the church. But the beautiful cloisters, used as part of the interior of Hogwarts School, is still standing until this day. Take time to visit the gardens when you visit the Abbey and while in Wiltshire, don’t miss Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plains, one of Britain’s most famous historic landmarks. Please visit National Trusts homepage for further information.
Bodleian Library, Divinity School in Oxford is used in three Harry Potter films. Duke Humfrey’s Bodleian Library is used as the Hogwarts library and the Divinity School features as the infirmary where Harry Potter gets his arm back. Find out how you can visit Bodleian Library here.
Durham Cathedral in Durham is the Greatest Norman building in England, probably even in Europe. The cathedral, founded in 1093, is on UNESCOs list of World Heritage sites. In the films Harry can be seen walking through the cloisters of the cathedral. The cathedral interior is also used when filming classroom scenes as well as the insides of McGonagall’s office. Find out more about Durham Cathedral here.
Christ Church College in Oxford is used for the magnificent scenes in Hogwarts Dining Hall. The Church is open every day except Christmas Eve. Also, please note that the Church is a working academic and religious institution and some areas, including the Hall and the Cathedral, may close, occasionally without notice. However, there are arranged ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours where you have the possibility of visiting hidden areas, only accessible with a guide. For further information, visit Christ Church homepage
This was all for today, keep tuned for more Harry Potter-updates and don’t forget to go and see the new film tonight!