From Philosopher’s Stones to Fantastic Beasts, the UK has a history of enchanting cinema-goers through J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter film series. And with the latest addition in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them adding a couple of stunning locations, there’s no better time to fall under the saga’s glorious spell.
The Cunard Building, Liverpool. The interior of Liverpool’s stunning Cunard Building stood in for Macy’s department store in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. One of Liverpool’s beautiful ‘Three Graces’, it stands between the Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool building on The Pier Head waterfront.
St George’s Hall, Liverpool. Both the interior and exterior of the grand St George’s Hall on Lime Street were featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The stunning Neoclassical columns and steps stood out in several scenes, including the thunderbird soaring past as it made its way through New York.
Glenfinnan Viaduct AKA: The train line to Hogwarts. The stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct stands 100ft above the River Finnan, on top of 21 enormous arches, and carries trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Mallaig several times a day.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland AKA: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s no surprise that this has become one of the most visited castles in England. Not only did it have a starring role as Hogwarts in two of the franchise’s films (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), it also appeared in Downton Abbey.
Gloucester Cathedral AKA: Inside Hogwarts. The ancient stonework and shadowy cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral are Hogwarts through and through. The cathedral itself is more than 1300 years old, and over the years it has hosted kings, queens, archbishops and, of course, wizards…
Glencoe, Scotland AKA: Hagrid’s ‘hood. Hagrid’s hut was a treasure trove of unusual items and rare animals. This is where he raised Fang, his enormous boarhound, and this is where Norbert (the Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon) hatched from his shell.
Pembrokeshire Beach, Wales AKA: Shell Cottage. Freshwater West Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Pembrokeshire. The sands are golden, the dunes are sprinkled with flowers, and the rough waters are suitably dramatic. This is where Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour chose to live after their marriage, and Harry, Ron and Hermione were frequent visitors.
Goathland Train Station, Yorkshire AKA: Hogsmeade Station. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway stop in Goathland is often described as a ‘celebrity station’, due to its role as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films, and as Aidensfield in the long-running ITV show Heartbeat.
King’s Cross Station, London AKA: The first stop on the Hogwarts Express. If you don’t mind queues you can pose for pictures and pretend you are on your way to Hogwarts – the perfect end to your tour of Harry Potter film locations in the UK.