If you are as big of a Harry Potter fan as I am, you’ll want to make sure you hit all of these Harry Potter “must see” stops on your trip to the U.K.!
Locations in England
Pronounced An-ick, this is the actual, real life Hogwarts! The first two films were made here and afterward a model of the castle was used in the studio. You can attend broomstick training, walk the path to the Forbidden Forest, and enjoy a magic show put on by Harry Potter and Dumbledore! You can read more about my visit to Alnwick castle here.
This abbey was used for several shots around Hogwarts including Snape’s Potions class. It doesn’t get much more magical than this.
Reptile House at the London Zoo
Visit the animals and spend some time in the room where Harry Potter learned he could talk to snakes.
London Kings Cross Station
Take a picture at Platform 9 3/4 and you’ll be on your way to Hogwarts!
Leadenhall Market London
Used as Diagon Alley for filming, this beautiful market will transport you to J.K. Rowling’s magical world.
Locations in Scotland
Elephant House in Edinburgh
Visit the place where it all began. Sit where J.K. Rowling sat to write the first Harry Potter books and be inspired by her view of Edinburgh Castle.
Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh
Visit the graves with names that inspired the character names in the books. You can find Tom Riddell, McGonagall and more!
A beautiful location known both for the infamous MacDonald massacre and for it’s use as a filming location. The Harry Potter films used the glen as a set for Hagrid’s hut, the entrance bridge to Hogwarts, and various other scenes.
Jacobite steam train (also known as the Hogwarts Express)
Check out the Jacobite steam train that was used as the Hogwarts Express! You can meet up with the train at Fort William and even go for a ride if you’d like!
Get the famous shot of the Hogwarts Express running across the viaduct!
Not far from Glenfinnan, Loch Eilt was used for several shots around Hogwarts and Dumbledore’s grave.
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