5 Most Iconic Harry Potter Filming Locations You Can Visit in Real Life
The best thing is, you don’t have to search for the platform 9 ¾ to travel.
The older we get, the more precious the memories that connect us to our inner child. For many people who grew up with J.K. Rowling's books about Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts, the movies are the easiest way to get back down memory lane.
But if you've already memorized every frame of every single Harry Potter movie, you might want to take it a step further and plan a real-life trip to the locations where your favorite book moments came to life.
Here are the top five Harry Potter filming locations you can easily visit today. All you have to do is grab your tickets to the UK.
The House of Gryffindor
Although no one would imagine one of the school buildings to be a cathedral, it certainly explains the glorious gothic architecture of the building. The Gloucester Cathedral is located in southern England and open to visitors, so this would be a trip worth taking if you find yourself in that part of the country.
Remember how Harry flew over the lake in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? If you’re a fan of nature, you’d be excited to know there is not one but two lakes that were filmed as the locations. One is nearing London at Virginia Water Lake in Surrey, and the other one is Scotland’s Loch Shiel.
Though there aren’t many nice memories that Harry himself has at this place, for the fans it may bring the wave of sudden nostalgia. The house is located in the town of Bracknell ans very easy to find by the address: 12 Picket Post Close. However, be sure to not disturb the residence the way Warner Bros did, as they had to recreate the whole building in the studio.
Platform 9 ¾
If you are in London, you have to find some time and visit King’s Cross Station. There’s no way you can take a ride on Hogwarts express from there, but there is a Platform 9 ¾ sign and a luggage cart that disappears into the wall for all your picture needs.
It’s not that surprising to find out that the library featured in Hogwarts is a part of an actual library in another, a little bit less magical, but just as prestigious educational building. The scenes were filmed in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, that you can visit both, on your own, or with the guide on tour.