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Harry Potter And The Locations Of Filming
Follow in Harry Potter's footsteps with Empire's handy travel guide
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Harry Potter's Britain Travel Guide

4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging
Location: Picket Post Close, Berkshire
Berkshire, not Surrey, is the home of the cumudgeonly Dursleys and their appalling son Dudley. The worst place in Muggledom is actually named after a small town in Gloucestershire that J.K. Rowling visited as a child, and while there's no record of her being locked in a cupboard under the stairs, she obviously didn't enjoy it that much. The Dursley family home, complete with the under-the-stairs cupboard once occupied by Harry Potter (we like to think), can be found near Bracknell - although the interior scenes were, in reality, shot on a soundstage at Leavesden Studios.

The Forbidden Forest
Location: Black Park, Iver
The Dark Forest is nearly as scary in real life. Black Park, a 530-acre reserve a short amble from Pinewood Studios, was used for The Wolfman, Sleepy Hollow and Eden Lake, as well as Hogwart's sinister, out-of-bounds woodland. It's basically crawling in movie beasties and probably has some Na'vi in there if you venture far enough inside. The park was used in the first four Potter films, and was home to Hagrid's hut and the spot where Harry tamed the Hippogriff. Disappointingly, there are no Hippogriffs to be found there, or Thestrals, Bowtruckles or Grawps for that matter, although you may stumble across a hedgehog or two.

Hogwarts Great Hall
Location: Christ Church College, Oxford
Oxford stood in for Hogwarts's gothic halls and stairways, giving Rupert Grint and co. the chance to squeeze in a little punting, the odd Radiohead gig and a pint of two of foaming non-alcholic ale between takes (all that Dark Art-battling beneath the dreaming spires is thirsty work). Christ Church was used for many of Hogwarts' interiors and stairways, while its ancient dining hall was recreated at Leavesden as Hogwarts' Great Hall. If you're looking for the spot where Malfoy was turned into a ferret, that's down the road at New College.

Hogwarts Library
Location: Bodleian Library, Oxford
Just a short cobbled stroll away across Radcliffe Square is Oxford University's ancient book depository, the Bodleian, which you'll recognise as the place where Harry and co. get down to the serious business of swotting for their N.E.W.T.s., Hogwarts Library. Next door is the Divinity School, a medieval edifice that doubled up as Hogwarts' sanatorium in the first four movies. Its Gothic ceiling boasts enough beasts and creatures to make even Hagrid leap from his skin. It's open to the public all year round. Dress code: Scholars' gowns rather than invisibility cloaks. Sub fusc optional.

Hogwarts/Godric's Hollow
Location: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Often used for telly costume dramas, the Abbey at Lacock, just down the road from Malfoy Manor in Wiltshire, appeared in The Philosopher's Stone and The Half-Blood Prince. Not only are Quirinus Quirrel's classroom and Severus Snape's laboratory found here, but the cloisters - dating all the way back to 1232 - were stalked by Argus Filch and his scrawny cat, Mrs. Norris. The neighbouring village of Lacock was the inspiration for Godric's Hollow and was used for filming The Half-Blood Prince, although for The Deathly Hallows production shifted to Lavenham in Suffolk (presumably it was easier for Nagini to get to).

Hogwarts School Corridors
Location: Gloucester Cathedral
Filming at Scotland's most magical seat of learning, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, involved some sleight-of-hand of its own. Eight different locations were used, of which Gloucester Cathedral, built in Norman times, was a suitably ornate setting for Hogwarts' cloisters and the Gryffindor dormitory scenes. Warner Bros.' crews last filmed there at the end of 2008, and fans still descend to try to sneak a glimpse of Moaning Myrtle. "Suddenly you'll get an influx people in cloaks," says Barbara Lloyd, the Cathedral's Operations and Marketing Manager tells Empire. "Children will bring their families to see it. It's been great news for the Cathedral."

Hogsmeade Station
Location: Goathland Station, North Yorkshire
The Hogwart's Express finishes its journey not in Scotland but North Yorkshire. "I'm reasonably up to speed on Harry Potter now," says John Bruce, Station Master of Goathland, the real Hogsmeade Station, which can be found near Whitby. "People do recognise the station. We get quite a lot of visitors, many of them are French or Japanese youngsters." Steam trains run through Goathland every day during the summer. Despite leaving from the same terminus, getting there is a trickier business than Harry's journey to Hogsmeade, explains Bruce: "You have to go from Kings Cross to Darlington, Middlesbrough and then down Whitby line, with one change."

Hogwarts School - Mrs. McGonagall's Office
Location: Durham Cathedral
Next stop is Minerva McGonagall's (Maggie Smith) classroom, located in the depths of Durham Cathedral's Chapter House. Dating back to Norman times, the cathedral was a suitably ancient surrogate for Harry's 9th century secondary school, with cast, crew, owls and baboons descending on it for The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber Of Secrets. The Chapter House itself isn't open to the public, so unless you can Animagus yourself in, the Cathedral cloisters are the next best thing. It was here that Harry took Hedwig the owl for a spin.

Hogwarts School - Broomstick Flying And Quidditch Scenes
Location: Alnwick Castle
This stone edifice has been home to Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since the 1300s, and home to Quidditch since the first Golden Snitch was released in The Philosopher's Stone. Alnwick (it's pronounced "Annick", if you're asking for directions) is the second biggest inhabited castle in England, and even has its own ghost. The castle makes a suitably grand backdrop for all that wizzing around on broomsticks and was extensively used during the first two films in particular. It's open to Muggles between April and October. Flying cars discouraged.

That Long Bridge Thing In The Chamber Of Secrets
Location: Glenfinnan Viaduct
The magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, 20 miles west of Fort William on the edge of Loch Shiel, is the suitably towering edifice upon which the Hogwarts Express wends its magical way north. At 1000 feet across and 100 feet up, the local train that still crosses it is not for the faint of heart, but is still totally preferable to tearing past, clinging to the door of a Ford Anglia. The viaduct also appeared in Monarch of the Glen, which gives us an idea for a screen face-off we'd pay quite a lot to see: Voldemort versus Richard Briers.
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