We’ve compiled a list of the top five Harry Potter locations for fans to visit (that aren’t Wizarding World at Universal)!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years. You’re aware that Harry Potter has become a global phenomenon. The wizarding world is a tremendous thing to millions of people, from the books to the movies to the theme park activities.
Harry Potter New York
This official Harry Potter complex in New York is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the wizarding realm! This is a terrific spot for any Harry Potter enthusiast, complete with a Butterbeer Bar, exciting VR activities, and a wand store!
Oh, and did we forget to mention the shopping? This is also the first Harry Potter flagship store. It includes a TON of unique merchandise. If you’re looking for Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans or a new Hogwarts gown. You’ll most likely find it here.
Harry Potter Locations: Rooms at Georgian House
For the rest of these Harry Potter locations, we’ll be crossing the pond to the United Kingdom! The Georgian House Hotel in London provides a unique Wizarding Experience. You’ll be transported to the wizarding world with Hogwarts-themed accommodations, enchanted afternoon tea, and a new “potion” mixology class!
If you’re going to the UK to visit any of the other places on this list. This is a terrific place to start, especially since many of them are in London!
King’s Cross Station
If you’ve read Harry Potter, you’ll know that King’s Cross Station is a pivotal site throughout the story. Platform 9 3/4, located at London’s King’s Cross Station, marks the beginning of every journey to Hogwarts!
And, sure, there is a Platform 9 3/4 picture opportunity! You may photograph yourself as you push your cart through the secret corridor! There’s also a special Harry Potter store.
The Harry Potter Studio Tour
Do you want to see where it was all made? You’ve come to the right place! The Making of Harry Potter Tour, a special behind-the-scenes glimpse at the props, sets. Costumes from the Harry Potter films are hosted by Warner Brothers! Explore Diagon Alley and Hogwarts’ Great Hall, meet animals like Buckbeak and the Basilisk. Discover everything that made the films so spectacular!
Walking into the sets and seeing all of the items may be rather emotional for many fans. It’s fascinating to watch how the magic was created (pun intended)!
Spoon Café (Formerly Known as Nicolson’s)
Although it closed during the epidemic last year, Spoon Café in Edinburgh is often regarded as the origin of Harry Potter as we know it today. Rowling wrote much of her first book. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, at this café, whenever she could.
A plaque outside the building commemorates this area as the beginning of it all. Many Harry Potter enthusiasts continue to make a pilgrimage to Spoon Café.
Harry Potter Locations in Scotland and Wales
Glenfinnan Viaduct | Lochaber, Scotland
We’re off to Hogwarts. This 100-foot-high bridge is featured in multiple Harry Potter films as part of the journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You may travel across this wonderful terrain in the same way as Harry and his pals did. Onboard the Jacobite steam train that served as the Hogwarts Express in the film.
See if you can find where Arthur Weasley’s baby blue flying Ford Anglia lands on the viaduct in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Weasley family patriarch adapted it to accommodate 8 people, 6 trunks, 2 owls, and 1 rat.
Glencoe | Argyll, Scotland
The natural drama of the Scottish highlands offered the perfect setting for the first two Harry Potter films. Including Quidditch matches and more. The inter-house broomstick ball games, known as Quidditch, were filmed in front of Glen Nevis. The beautiful Steall Falls in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be familiar to fans of the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
It was recently named Scotland’s most romantic glen. It’s also a lovely picturesque spot to stay, with dozens of vacation lodges and cottages. If you enjoy hill trekking, it’s an excellent starting place for exploring the Highlands.
Freshwater West | Pembrokeshire, Wales
Shell Cottage: In ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This stretch of golden sand served as the setting for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s Shell Cottage. When Harry entered the fanciful cottage, all he could hear was the ebb and flow of the sea. Although the home was demolished after the shooting. You may still walk in Harry and his companions’ footsteps.
You may also catch surfers skilfully riding waves produced up by the powerful rip currents close off the shore if you time it perfectly. The finest waves in Wales may be found at this south-west facing location.
Harry Potter Locations in England
Durham Cathedral | Durham, England
Professor McGonagall’s classroom. Professor McGonagall taught the young wizards how to convert animals into water goblets in Durham Cathedral’s Chapter House. Admire the majestic cloisters that created the snow-covered quadrangle where Harry set Hedwig the owl soaring in the first film. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, elsewhere in the Norman cathedral.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s also where Ron Weasley succumbed to his own (really awful) slug vomiting spell.
Bodleian Library and Christ Church College | Oxford, England
Shh! Hogwarts Library and Infirmary. Three Harry Potter films were filmed in Oxford University’s renowned Bodleian Library, which dates back to 1602.
The renowned institution’s medieval Duke Humfrey’s Library served as the Hogwarts library, while the magnificently vaulted Divinity School next door served as the Hogwarts hospital.
Students were hospitalized for a variety of mishaps. Including falling off broomsticks and touching a cursed opal necklace. A 10-minute walk away, Christ Church College is where we were initially introduced to Hogwarts, with Harry and the other first-year wizards ascending the 16th-century stone staircase to the Great Hall.
Alnwick Castle | Northumberland, England
Madame Hooch’s broomstick flying instruction, featured in the first film, takes place in the historic Alnwick Castle’s Outer Bailey. Try it yourself – broomstick training is included in the admission price.
You may also see wizardry magic acts or take a tour led by a costumed guide who will tell you behind-the-scenes anecdotes from when the Harry Potter production was filming. If you enjoy Downton Abbey, you should see the castle’s special display.
It comprises photos, costumes, and props from the 2014 Christmas special, which was filmed here.
Leadenhall Market | London, England
The Leaky Cauldron: The Wizard bar, The Leaky Cauldron, was placed in what is now an optician in Leadenhall Market’s Bull’s Head Passage.
Behind the store lies the sparkling Diagon Alley shopping strip, offering spell books and potions so tantalizing that Harry wished he had eight eyes to see them.
While you won’t find any magic stores here. The beautiful Victorian marketplace is a great spot to discover Harry Potter-inspired British apparel.
Purchase a vintage wax Barbour jacket, similar to the one worn by Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Reptile House | London Zoo, England
Charming snakes: In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry initially discovered his talent for communicating with snakes at London Zoo’s Reptile House. Daniel Radcliffe chats to a huge Burmese python in the sequence.
But the cage filmed is home to the deadly black mamba, which is distinguished by its characteristic inky black lips. However, don’t stop there. London Zoo, founded in 1828, is the world’s oldest scientific zoo and provides a wide range of remarkable animal encounters.
After you’ve seen the snakes, visit a butterfly paradise or get up and personal with Kumbuka the silverback gorilla, and his troop.
Gloucester Cathedral | Gloucester, England
Look for Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle, and discover where Harry and Ron hid from the troll in the eerie passageways of 1,300-year-old Gloucester Cathedral — one of five Hogwarts settings.
It’s worth hiring a tour guide to learn about the various ways the cathedral had to be transformed for shooting. Electrical points were hidden behind panels painted to seem like stone walls. Everything that revealed the set as a church was hidden.
Halos on stained glass figures in the cloister windows. For example, were covered with colored plastic filter paper to mix in with the glass around them.
Enter a wooden door that goes down to the old crypt, which is supposed to be haunted by monks from the old Gloucester monastery, to see relics of the cathedral’s historic past.
Lacock Abbey | Wiltshire, England
Professor Quirrell’s Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom was Lacock Abbey’s Warming Room, which included a massive cauldron, whereas Professor Snape’s Potions Class was conducted in the Sacristy.
Harry discovered the Mirror of Erised, which reveals the heart’s innermost desire, in the abbey’s Chapter House. In all the selfie magic in the lab, don’t forget to visit the abbey’s South Gallery.
You can stand exactly where William Henry Fox Talbot snapped the world’s first image.
Warner Bros. Studios | Leavesden, England
Hogwarts and all: A model replica of Hogwarts may be found at the Warner Bros. Studios Tour, just outside of London. A tour of the 1:24 scale structure, which was utilized for filming the exterior and aerial views of the school and is stocked with objects used in the performances, is available.
Treat yourself to a tankard of butterbeer, a wonderful non-alcoholic beverage that tastes like shortbread and butterscotch.