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Spanish Steps

rh9Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)
00187 Rome, Italy (Campo Marzio)

Hepburn sits on the Spanish Steps just in front of Trinità dei Monti church and enjoys the gelato whilst looking down onto the Piazza di Spagna below.

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The Leaky Cauldron

hp15The Leaky Cauldron
Address: Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LR, London
Phone: 020 7332 1523
Email: leadenhallmarket@cityoflondon.gov.uk
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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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Alnwick Castlehp7
NE66 1NQ
W: http://www.alnwickcastle.com
E: info@alnwickcastle.com
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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Sal’s Pizza Little Italy

369 Broome Streetdb5Between Elizabeth Street & Mott Street
New York, NY 10013
Little Italy
Tel: 212 925-04
Web: http://www.salslittleitaly.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/SalsPizzaLittleItaly
T: http://www.twitter.com/salslittleitaly

Having become well known in and around the streets around the Little Italy district, I knew that this specific location was nigh! The screen shots I had studied confirmed that the location was situated on the corner, and it could possibly be a pizza restaurant on Broome Street. I walked into Sal’s, sat down at a red and white gingham covered table, ordered a pizza, and spoke


to the owner, who confirmed that his restaurant was used as a location for Donne Brasco! The friendly chat, along with the fact that the photographs of stars from the movie hanging precariously on the brick wall, echoed this great location. Wow! There I was sitting inside another movie location, Sal’s restaurant, which was featured at the beginning of Donne Brasco, whereby Pacino introduces Depp as “a friend of mine” to his associates and the FBI stakeout and take photographs from Sal’s of the bosses arriving and going into 173 1/2 Broome Street.



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Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessendb3 205 East Houston Street
New York City 10002
Tel: (212) 254-2246
Web: http://www.katzsdelicatessen.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/katzsdeli
T: http://www.twitter.com/KatzsDeli

Depp made regular contact with his colleagues at the renowned Katz ‘s Delicatessen. Katz’s was also made famous when Meg Ryan ‘faked it’ in the


romantic movie When Harry Met Sally. The delicatessen was established in 1988 and has continued to attract A-list celebrities who are wanting to dine at this historic hearty eatery!

Whilst dining take time out to peruse the pictures of past and present celebrities that are part of the make up.


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Grace Cathedral San Francisco, USA

Grace Cathedralb11 1100 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: 415-749-6300
Web: http://www.gracecathedral.org

Robert Vaughn confronts the police of  chief here at Grace Cathedral.

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VJ Groceries, Nob Hill, San Francisco, USA

VJ Groceriesb1B4 1199 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Area: Nob Hill
(415) 885-3417

Bullitt often stocked up at VJ’s Groceries. VJ’s is situated just opposite Bullitts apartment.

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