What do you know about the fantastic locations where the Harry Potter movies were filmed? By combining the historically magnificent locations with great cinematography, watching the films was a visual delight. The Harry Potter filming locations open a gateway to the historical beauty of the United Kingdom. Here are all the Harry Potter filming locations in order of accessibility.
1. The Warner Bros. Studio
The Warner Bros. Studio in London is one of the most accessible Harry Potter filming locations. The studio offers various tours for people who want to take a step into the world of Harry Potter. You can buy tickets for the tours on the studio’s website and reach the studio easily. There are regular shuttle buses from Watford Junction to the studio tour, the travel time is about 15 minutes!
2. King’s Cross Station, London
King’s Cross is one of the most famous train stations in the world and has a very special place in the hearts of Harry Potter fans. The place is the station where Harry takes the train to Hogwarts on platform 9¾. The reason King’s Cross was chosen is because Harry’s parents met on a train to Scotland. The exterior shots of the station are those of the neighboring St Pancras station. Some interior shots were filmed at York station.
3. Piccadilly Circus
Built in 1819, Piccadilly Circus is a crossroads and public square in London’s West End in the City of Westminster. Albus Dumbledore took the train to the London Underground and up to this crossroads and thought before going to a London cafe to meet with his former partner Gellert Grindelwald. You can take the train from Charing Cross station in London and get there in two minutes!
4. Leadenhall Market, London
Speaking of Harry Potter filming locations, you can’t miss Leadenhall. It’s the place where Harry Potter and Hagrid enter and reach Diagon Alley, the magical shopping street of the wizarding world. Leadenhall Market is one of London’s oldest markets, dating back to the 14th century, and is located in the historic center of the City of London’s financial district on Gracechurch Street.
5. Christ Church College
Christ Church College is the place where several scenes of the film series were shot. For example, the staircase in this building was used for the famous entrance scene where Professor McGonagall meets Harry, Ron and Hermione. There are Oxford Christ Church Harry Potter filming locations tours through which you can get a glimpse of the Divinity School. The college is located in Oxford and is 1 hour away from London.
6. Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
Gloucester Cathedral is one of the most beautiful filming locations for Harry Potter. The 1st, 2nd and some scenes in the 6th film were shot there. The historic place, which has its origins in 678 or 679, opened its doors to the franchise for the Hogwarts hallways, the Gryffindor common room, the scene “The Chamber of Secrets has opened” and even outside Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom. The easiest way to get to Gloucester is by train from London Paddington.
7. Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey is located in the village of Lacock in Wiltshare and is a famous filming location for several movies. Several interior scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed in Lacock, including the walk through the cloister where Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised, and when he comes out of Professor Lockhart’s room after his imprisonment and hears the basilisk. Scenes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald were also filmed here. The drive there from London takes about 2 hours.
8. Durham Cathedral. Durham, County Durham
Durham Cathedral played the role of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films. The exterior architecture of the cathedral also greatly inspired the design of the Hogwarts model in the films, and part of the model is clearly modeled after the cathedral with its fantastic spires. The train ride from King’s Cross to Durham Cathedral takes 3 hours and costs $160.
9. Alnwick Castle
Built after the Norman Conquest, Alnwick Castle is the seat of the 12th Duke of Northumberland and is located in Alnwick, Northumberland. To get to Alnwick Castle, you can take a train, which is the fastest way to get to Alnwick in about 4 hours. Alnwick Castle is one of the most famous Harry Potter filming locations, along with Durham Cathedral, and appeared as Hogwarts in the first two films in the series.
10. Goathland Station, Goathland
Goathland railroad station is a railroad station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, serving the village of Goathland in the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire. The village served as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film. Goathland is located in the middle of the United Kingdom and is quite far from London.