Real World Locations Seen In Harry Potter
July 15, 2018 6:00 AM ‐ Movies
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We've all read the books, watched the movies over and over, and even taken the Hogwarts House Quiz to find out which part of the famous castle we'd live in, but how well do you really know the locations from the movie?
We all know that Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was used for some of the exterior shots of Hogwarts, London's Claremont Square was Grimmauld Place, and Australia House in London became the interior of Gringotts Wizarding Bank. But what about the locations that Harry and the other characters visited throughout the eight movies that weren't fictional?
There are plenty of real world locations that feature in the movies, including some of London's landmarks, as well as other natural and manmade locations around the country. These are all of the places that we see in the movies, which are not taking on the role of a fictional location.
The Reptile House, London Zoo
King's Cross Station, London
St. Pancras Station, London
In the second movie, 'The Chamber of Secrets', Harry and Ron miss the Hogwarts Express and are instead forced to drive the Weasley's enchanted Ford Anglia to school. Although the train departs from King's Cross Station, St. Pancras is just across the road, and its from here that the boys take to the skies in the blue flying car.
They then fly the car over Glenfinnan Viaduct, the viaduct is in Scotland and therefore would be further North than Hogwarts and not on route. This makes the viaduct we see in the movie portrayed by Glenfinnan a fictional location, rather than a real world one.
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Lambeth Bridge, London
The River Thames, London
Charring Cross Road, London
'The Half-Blood Prince' opens with a scene which shows Voldemort's Death Eaters descending from the sky above London as plumes of black smoke. They approach street-level in the capital near Trafalgar Square, before passing along Charring Cross Road. Just past Leicester Square underground station in the heart of London's West End, they cross the road and dart into a small alley way between two buildings on the corner of Great Newport Street, opposite the Porcupine pub.
This alleyway leads to the Leaky Cauldron, because the wizards' pub itself is fictional and the exterior shots are filmed two miles away in Leaden Hall Market, the Leaky Cauldron doesn't make it on to this list as a real world location.
Millennium Bridge, London
Surbiton Station, Greater London
It's revealed in the books that Harry likes riding around on trains, this leads him to Surbiton Station in 'The Half-Blood Prince'. In the movie adaptation the scene is filmed in the real Surbiton Station. We see Harry sat reading the Daily Prophet, which features the story of the destruction of Millennium Bridge. Professor Dumbledore appears here to take Harry back to the Wizarding world.
Another train station that features in the Harry Potter series is Goathland Station, it takes on the role of the fictional Hogsmeade Station, so its therefore not a real life location.
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Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland
Piccadilly Circus, London
Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire
Second Severn Crossing, Bristol Channel
High Marnham Power Station, Nottinghamshire
Loch Etive, Scotland
Malham Cove, Yorkshire
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
This stunning viaduct is located in the Highlands of Scotland and is seen during the iconic shots of the Hogwart's Express on it journey from King's Cross to the magical village of Hogsmeade.
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