Where were the Harry Potter films filmed
The eight Harry Potter films, based on the novels by Joanne K. Rowling, are the most successful film series in terms of their box office income.
Probably the world's most famous sorcerer's apprentice (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends (Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger) barely crossed the British borders for the film adaptation. Muggles can therefore travel to almost all filming locations in England and Scotland:
The fictitious track 9 3/4 is located in King's Cross station, London, in which the scene in which Harry Potter enters the Hogwarts Express through a wall was actually filmed on the platform of platforms 4 and 5. You can usually only get there with a valid train ticket and a trolley point has now been placed at the corresponding station pillar.
With the renovation of the train station in 2012, however, something came up for the Harry Potter fans. Since then there has been a small photo point in the main hall. There you can seemingly zoom through the wall with half a baggage cart and a waving scarf.
There is a well-stocked one right next to track 9 3/4 Harry Potter Shop with cards, books, films, magnets, T-shirts, characters, wands, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and tickets for the Hogwarts Express. The design of the shop is based on that of Garrick Ollivander's specialty shop in Diagon Alley, where Harry Potter buys his wand in the film.
For the last part of the film series "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" the neighboring one was used St. Pancras Railway Station as an outside backdrop for the King's Cross Station, which was completely rebuilt and expanded at the time of shooting. With its neo-Gothic facade and the clock tower of the closed Midland Grand Hotel, St. Pancras is also a little more splendid than its neighbor.
The Hogwarts Express is in truth the Jacobite Train of the West Highland Railway and the most beautiful stretch of the line between Fort William and Mallaig is that Glenfinnan Viaduct In scotland.
This is also known from films such as "Charlie & Louise - Das doppelte Lottchen" or "Die Liebe der Charlotte Gray".
The setting for the Hogwarts School of Magic provided that Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, which has also been used as a filming location for "Robin Hood - King of Thieves", "Downton Abbey", "Transformers 5" and "Elizabeth". Here Harry Potter had his first broom flying lessons in the film "The Philosopher's Stone" and learned the rules of Quidditch, a sport popular in the wizarding world.
The scenes in which Harry was sent to the Forbidden Forest as a punishment and the crash landing on the Whomping Willow in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" were also filmed here.
Visitors can also have broom riding lessons in the castle courtyard. And in addition to the many tours of the castle's turbulent past, there is even a special “on location” film tour that you can join on site.
Some interior shots for Hogwarts were shot at Christ Church College at the Oxford University as well as in the Durham Cathedral and the cloisters of the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral.
The hut in which Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) lives is located in the film below the over 1,000 m high Buachaille Etive Mòr mountain in Scotland Glen Coe. The hut is no longer there today, but if you want, you can of course hike to the location. The location is only about 15 minutes' walk from the Hotel Clachaig Inn.
Nearby, in Glen Etive, some scenes for the James Bond film “Skyfall” were shot.
All studio recordings were made in the Leavesden Film Studios in Watford in the south of England, around 30 km northeast of London. For example, the Great Hall of Hogwarts was built there. After the shooting of the last Harry Potter film was completed, part of the studio was converted into a museum, which opened in 2012.
The approximately 3-hour Warner Bros. Studio Tour offers the opportunity to marvel at original costumes, film sets and props, as well as to learn about the background to the making of the films. Leavesden Studios also produced the first spin-off of the Harry Potter film series: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.
Here you can find all the information about the tour and my personal impressions.
In April 2019 there was a big expansion of the tour with the Gringotts Bank, my full report can be found here: Welcome to Gringotts!
Other locations in London are the Lambeth Bridge, on which the so-called "traveling knight" in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" squeezes between two oncoming buses, and the Millenium Bridgewho is completely destroyed by magical powers in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". In reality, of course, you can still cross the elegant structure without any problems.
Mr. Weasley learns the London Underground system in the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Westminster Tube Station know who had to be blocked for a day especially for shooting.
In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" Harry arrives at the entrance to the pub "The Leaky Cauldron" in Diagon Alley to buy his teaching materials. Muggles can find the door in Bull’s Head Passage 42, right next to Leadenhall Market. However, this is not a pub, but a migraine practice.
Leadenhall Market itself has been filming several times, e.g. for "Johnny English", "Tomb Raider" or "Brannigan - A Man of Steel".
The interior shots of the Gringotts wizard's bench, in which the hard-working goblins watch out for the wizard's gold, was created in the Exhibition Hall of Australia House, near the Temple Tube Station. The setting for the outside of the bank was also modeled on the entrance to the building. In the marble halls is actually the Australian Embassy.
One of the few scenes outside of the UK was in Bjorli recorded in Norway. There, the Raumabahn railway served as the backdrop for the Hogwarts Express journey through the snowy landscape in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". The film was shot in a museum train owned by the Norwegian Railway Club.
The crew stayed at the Bjorligard Hotel during filming.
The theme park “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, as well as in Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and in Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is not a filming location, but a real screen world for Harry Potter fans .
My personal highlight among the rides is the Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure, which opened in 2019, where you rush through the Forbidden Forest at up to 80 km / h.
A remarkable selection of Harry Potter props is on display at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.
Most of the backdrops and originals from the films can definitely be found on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London mentioned above.
A must for Potterheads!
If you want to spend the night like a magician yourself, you should book one of the “Wizard Chambers” in the Georgian House Hotel in London. There are many details there, such as tapestries, velvet curtains and fire pits, which are strongly reminiscent of Harry Potter's room at Hogwarts ...
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