Everyone's favourite wizard - Harry Potter- has popped up in an array of places all over Britain.
To give the kids a real treat, jump on your broomsticks and discover the wizardly world of Harry and friends with these magical locations.
1. Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe is the stunning landscapes around which Hogwarts was filmed. You'll recognise the Steall Falls at Glen Nevis from the Tri-Wizard Tournament in the Goblet of Fire (2005).The rugged beauty of the Scottish highlands are the perfect background for the first two Harry Potter films - where the Quidditch matches were filmed against the backdrop of Glen Nevis.
2. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
On its way to Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the flying Ford Anglia lands on Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the West Highland line between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland. There’s a regular diesel service, but if you want to cross the viaduct in a Hogwart's Express-style steam locomotive, West Coast Railways run the Jacobite Steam Train during the summer season (May to October).
3. Durham Cathedral, England
One of the most striking locations to visit during your Harry Potter tour is Durham Cathedral. Durham’s beautiful cloisters became the snow-covered quadrangle, where Harry sets the owl flying in the first film and is also the scene of Ron’s slug vomiting in the Chamber of Secrets. The cathedral chapter house is the venue for Professor McGonagall’s class teaching the young wizards to turn animals into water goblets.
4. King’s Cross Station, London, England
The Hogwarts Express departs from ‘Platform 9 ¾’ of King’s Cross Station, which is actually the arched wall between Platforms 4 and 5. Head towards the entrance to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the station. There you’ll find a trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall marked ‘Platform 9 ¾’. Outside you’ll see the magical St Pancras building where the Weasley's magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002).
5. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England
This the site of Madame Hooch’s flying lesson in the first film. Discover 700 years of history, spectacular gardens with water sculptures and one of the world’s largest treehouses.
6. Leadenhall Market, London, England
The entrance to wizard’s pub, 'the Leaky Cauldron', is actually an optician in Bull’s Head Passage in Leadenhall Market.
7. Reptile House, London Zoo, England
London Zoo’s Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
8. Gloucester Cathedral, England
The spooky Cathedral of Gloucester has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years. While you may not meet Nearly Headless Nick or Moaning Myrtle in these halls, an ancient wooden door leads down to the old crypt, said to be haunted by monks from the old Gloucester monastery. Scenes from the first two films were shot here including the shots of Harry and Ron hiding from the troll.
9. Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire, Wales
One of Wales’ most popular surfing beaches was chosen as a location for Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage.
10. Bodleian Library, Oxford, England
Oxford University’s famous library starred in three of the Harry Potter films. The medieval Duke Humfrey's Library was used as the Hogwarts library and the Divinity School became Hogwart’s infirmary.