A Muggles guide to the Harry Potter filming locations!

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Don’t worry if you didn’t receive your letter in the post. Voldemort wiped out the Ministry of Magic’s records of muggle-born witches and wizards between 1985-1998!

Plus, you can walk in the steps of witches and wizards at Harry Potter filming destinations across the UK. Depending your level of fandom, you may want to visit just one or all these destinations.

This list takes you on a journey from the filming locations in in Scotland right down to the filming locations in the south of England. Grab your house cloak, owl and wand and get ready for an unforgettable magical adventure.

Scotland

Glennfinnan viaduct

Start off in Glencoe, the filming location of Hagrid’s Hut. Explore the beautiful views of the Scottish countryside. Hop on board the Hogwarts Express in Mallaig – the train is equally famous in the muggle world and is known as the Jacobite.The train journey will take you over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Famous for the flying blue car scene and views of Loch Shiel.

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Venture to the country’s capital Edinburgh, the city that inspired JK Rowling to put pen to paper. Grab a coffee in The Elephant House where she used to write. If you’re a diehard fan you may want to sleep in the room where JK Rowling finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The JK Rowling Suite at the Balmoral Hotel features a brass owl door handle and her signature etched on a marble statue.

North England:

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Enjoy broomstick training at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland before travelling to Durham Cathedral, where you can sit in the Hogwarts classroom famous for Professor McGonagall’s shapeshifting scene. Stop by Hogsmeade Station, known as Goathland Train Station before heading to ­­­Malham Cove.

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You’ll recognise the cove as Harry and Hermione’s campsite in the dark times – where they hide from the Ministry of Magic. If that’s not dark enough – sneaky Slytherins may want to stop by Malfoy Manor. Hardwick Hall was used as the location infamous for the Dark Lord’s plots.

South England:

Explore the filming location of the Quidditch World Cup at Ashridge Estate. The woods were also used as the Forbidden Forest - perfect for exploring with little wizards.

Visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford to see real sets and props from the film franchise. Discover stunning sets and costume. You can even try Butter Beer!

Venture to London where you can attempt parseltounge in the Reptile House at London Zoo before attempting to cross onto platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station.

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Take the tube from London St Pancreas to Westminster Station, famously the entrance way to the Ministry of Magic. Walk along the Thames to Gringotts Bank – known as Australia House (you can only peak inside, no muggles allowed)!

Waltz across Millennium Bridge - don’t worry it’s been rebuilt since the death eater attack. Then head over to Leadenhall Market, the inspiration for Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley

 

Whilst you’re in London, don’t forget to check out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Make sure you book in advance as the tickets are hard to get!

Are you ready to start your wizarding adventure? If you’re heading to any of these locations remember to book cheap train tickets at NationalRail.com.