Category Archives: Harry Potter

The Weasley Retreat

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Abbotsbury Swannery
New Barn Rd, Abbotsbury
Dorset DT3 4JG
T: 01305 871858

Abbotsbury Swannery is one of Dorset’s main tourist attractions, which is situated close to the popular sea side destination Weymouth. The sanctuary has free parking however an entrance fee is applicable.  In fact it was Weymouth where I was based whilst  movie locating in and around the surrounding areas of the beautiful Dorset coast. If you visit Weymouth try the Mackerel bap (cob) which is one of Weymouth’s local delicacies.


The Benedictine Monks were the founders of the swan sanctuary,  it is said that it is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through  the colony of nesting Mute Swans. The swans are all free flying, this is a sanctuary not a zoo, and there are no cages to be found here. Filming for the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows took place within the reeds approximately 700 meters West of Abbotsbury Swannery. It has been said that no main actors were involved in the filming of this “FrontLot  Movie Location”, all the scenes with the main actors were shot in the studio.


Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

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A: Big Ben and Parliament
Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
T: 020 7219 4272
T: Westminster Underground Station District, Circle or Jubilee lines

Harry and his fellow members of the Order of the Phoenix fly along the Thames, whilst showcasing Harry to the capital that houses Muggles, they fly past the Riverside Terrace of the Houses of Parliament.

Westminster Underground Station

hp18Westminster Underground Station
Address: Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR
020 72221234
Tube: Circle District and Jubulie

Arthur Weasley accompanies Harry Potter to the Ministry of Magic through the refurbished entrance to Westminster Underground Station.



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The Leaky Cauldron

hp15The Leaky Cauldron
Address: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR, London
Phone: 020 7332 1523
Twitter: @LeadenhallMkt
Facebook: Leadenhall Market
Tube: Monument, Circle and District Line


Leadenhall Market was used to portray the magical Diagon Alley for The Leaky Cauldron location. In reality it’s  situated on the Bulls Head Passage!  The front lot location used when The Philosophers Stone was filmed was empty, however it is now occupied. I busted this location in December 2013 and to be honest it’s well worth spending a little time there, with its festive seasonal decorations it makes way for a magical experience.

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Gringotts Wizarding Bank


hp16Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Address: Australia House, Strand, London WC2B 4LA
Tube: Circle and District Lines

Australia House is a  Grade II listed building, it was completed in 1905 and opened by Ling George V.  Unfortunately Australia House is not open to the public, however the exhibition hall within the house was used when Harry visited Gringotts bank, in the first of the Harry Potter magical adventures The Philosophers Stone.


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Entrance to the Ministry of Magic

hp19Address: Great Scotland Yard, SW1A

The Ministry of Magic is situated on Great Scotland Yard, roughly 100 metres on the left hand side, infact  the red telephone box containing the entrance to the Ministry of Magic is situated on the corner just before you get to Scotland Place.

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Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge


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Platform 9 3/4

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London Underground Ltd.
Euston Road, London, N1 9AL
T: 0800 169 2929

Platform 9 3/4 is accessible by Circle, Hammersmith & City Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria underground lines. The actual filming took place between platforms 4 and 5, so if you’ve got a day ticket you can automatically gain access to the platform itself.


However, what is more fun is to head towards platforms 9, 10 and 11 where you will find a replica of the luggage trolley which shows to disappear into a wall marked with a plaque that states Platform 9 3/4. It’s worth taking up the line for a photo yourself, but what’s even better is to sit tight for 10 minutes and watch others show their creative poses!hp11

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Hogwarts Train Station

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Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5NF
T: 01751 472508


Goathland train station is used as Hogwarts train station and is used on the freshers arrival and during the last scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, where Hagrid bids Harry a fond farewell. It was said that the girls toilet which is situated across the bridge on the opposite platform was used as a backlot for the prefects room, however this I can not clarify. Bear in mind if you travel up to the north east by car there is a pay and display car park adjacent to the station.

The train station is often seen in the UK TV series Heartbeat, if you like tea and scones you may want to drive a mile north along North York Moors and you will find other front lots such Aidensfield Stores, Bernie Scripps’ Garage, Aidensfield Arms and the village green.

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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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NE66 1NQ
Tel: 01665 2051120100

This humble home is situated in the North East of England, Northumberland to be exact. Before we talk about the location, I must share with you the costs as there is an average entrance fee and a car park charge which apply. For those movie location adventurers who are just wanting a quick peek of the castle you are going to be disappointed! However if you buy a ticket you will have a great day out, not only just to Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone or The Chamber of Secrets, but great films such as: Elizabeth, Robin Hood -Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, Ivanhoe starring Anthony Andrews, Mary Queen of Scots starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson and Becket starring Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole! These were also shot on location here at Alnwick Castle.


The castle made for a great setting for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The entrance to the castle is called ‘the Lion Arch, and looks towards what is called Bowburn Park, which is where you find the dwelling of Hagrid. In fact you see a hump in the grass to the right hand side of the entrance and it was said by a guide that Coltrane walked on top of the hump whilst talking to

hpDaniel Radcliff and Emma Watson during the scene of them leaving the school for Hogwarts train station. You can still see a piece of scaffolding insertions in the Lions Arch itself, which I found bizarre to think this was allowed on such a relic, but it was said that the crew tried to take them out post filming. Unfortunately they couldn’t take them without damaging the structure of the Lions Arch so there they stay, even till this day!

When the Ford Anglia makes a dramatic landing in the whomping willow tree, the location was situated within the Inner Bailey. The Anglia headed away from the ground by vanishing underneath the Lion Arch. The freshers’ first attempt at flying on their brooms was


situated in the Outer Bailey with the barbican and gatehouse and


Abbots Tower making stunning backdrops for the cinematographer. It was also stated that the guest hall was used as a backlot for the train journey to Hogwarts in the Philosophers Stone. I can’t clarify this myself but thought why would a staff member say such a comment if it wasn’t true?! Gullible I think I maybe!

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