The wildly popular Harry Potter book series has been transformed into a wildly popular film series. We know Harry, Hermione and Ron are fictional, but the locations where the movies were filmed are not. What are some of the “Harry Potter” film locations? Grab your broomstick and wand, and let’s fly over some of spots seen in the films.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The latest Harry Potter film features a scene filmed at famous London landmark Piccadilly Circus. In this scene, Harry, Ron and Hermione run to a muggle café, where they are attacked by Death Eaters.
In the city of Liverpool, the Mersey Tunnels are featured during a scene depicting Harry and Hagrid fleeing the Death Eaters on a motorbike.
Several different locations are filmed to depict Hogwarts, the school Harry and his classmates attend. Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire is one location, evoking a medieval charm with its arched cloisters and tudor features.
Alnwick Castle, in northern England, is used for filming Hogwarts as well, and is the site of Harry Potter’s first attempt at flying on a broomstick.
Christ Church College in Oxford was the filming site for scenes in the Hogwarts dining hall and the school’s famous moving staircases. Oxford’s Duke Humfrey’s Library is the restricted area which an cloak-of-invisibility-clad Harry Potter visited in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Harry Potter Film Scenery
Most of the magnificent outdoor scenery in all the Harry Potter films is shot in the Scottish Highlands.
The train which Harry Potter rides to Hogwarts is the Jacobite Steam Train which runs a 42 mile path from Mallaig to Fort William.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire contains a scene where Harry battles a dragon in the Triwizard Tournament. This is filmed at Steall Falls, a waterfall at the base of Ben Nevis mountain.
The Harry Potter films feature several London sites. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens with a scene of the London Millennium Footbridge collapsing. In real life, this pedestrian-only bridge crosses the River Thames, linking Bankside with the city.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix features a view of the London Eye, a giant Ferris Wheel built for the millennial celebrations of the year 2000. You can ride in the Eye for a great view of the city, including the entrance to Westminster Tube Station, a main spot Harry Potter uses when traveling in the film.
Also in London, you can see the famous Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station.