The grand finale “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2” the story of the famous sorcerer in the world is told to the end. But leaving the cinema hall is not goodbye forever. Who wants to be close to his hero again, has the opportunity to travel on the original locations of the films. The travel industry need feel soul has taken and designed special Harry Potter tours to Hogwarts & Co.
The locations of the Harry Potter saga
Most locations of the eight Harry Potter films are in England. Especially London is a must for real Harry fans. Where the main Harry Potter pilgrimage sites can be found, you betray our overview.
1. Alnwick Castle, Oxford and Gloucester (Hogwarts)
The most important place in history is of course the magic school Hogwarts, where Harry and his friends in different subjects of magic are taught. Those who want to attend the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry once, have to travel in the north-west of England, for here is the medieval castle Alnwick Castle, which had to serve as a film set for the grounds of Hogwarts.
In Alnwick Castle itself the evidence of Harry Potter at first glance are rather decent. However, fans can participate in daily guided tours of the castle and have the significance of the castle of Harry Potter’s world to explain on the spot.
But other places in England were used as Hogwarts backdrop. So many scenes were shot in and around Oxford: The cafeteria at Christ Church College, for example, the original setting for the Hogwarts dining room. The Old Bodleian Library in the Cattle Street stand as a library of Madam Pince Pate. The cloister of the famous Gloucester Cathedral served as a backdrop for some corridors of Hogwarts (in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets”).
2. Bracknell: Picket Post Close (Privet Drive)
When in school holidays in Hogwards, Harry Potter has returned to his unloved relatives, the Dursleys. Aunt Petunia, Vernon and Cousin Dudley live in a suburban house in classic English Privet Drive. The Picket Post Close in Bracknell (west of London) served as the backdrop of the film Street, which is in the book and film in the fictional town of Little Whinging in Surrey County.
3. London: King Cross Station (Platform 9 ¾)
Who goes to Harry Potter clues in England’s beautiful capital city London, will especially find it. Of course, here is the scene number one, the platform 9 ¾, the place of the beginning of each school year of magic Hogwarts Express starts and brings the students in the school of magic Hogwarts. The track is located in London’s King Cross Station and can of course only be reached by magic.
The train station there actually, the track does not – at least not in the real world. Where you have to go there, if you would master the magic, shows a plaque with the inscription Platform 9 ¾ (found when the track eight to behind the bicycle shed runs along). Under the shield the rear half of a luggage trolley is mounted so that it looks as if this just disappears into the wall. The shooting of the films found but instead on the platforms four and five.
4. London: Australia House and Leadenhall Market (Gringotts Wizarding Bank & Diagon Alley)
In the run by goblins Gringotts Bank sorcerers store their treasures of gold, jewels and valuables. Even Harry’s parents have here created money to provide for the future of her son. Harry himself learns the mystery of Gringotts Wizarding Bank know in the very first part of the film. As a backdrop to the impressive interior of the entrance hall of the Australia House served at the corner of Aldwych / beach in London.
Anyone who wants to know where the movie scenes were playing in the infamous Diagon Alley be sure to take a trip to the shopping arcade, Leadenhall Market. The covered market in the old quarter was the film set for the first part, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Address: 1a Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street.
5. London: government buildings of Whitehall
The wall of the government building of Whitehall was for the filming of the Ministry of Magic, which plays a major role especially in the last part of the Harry Potter saga. The film was shot on the corner of Scotland Place / Great Scotland Yard.