The Wizarding World: 6 Real World Locations In Harry Potter
If you’re a die-hard Harry Potter follower; reading every book numerous times, falling in love with each character and constantly wishing you were a wizard when you were younger—you’ll love to know where some shootings took place in the great city of London, England.
1.“Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”
The most iconic location on the “Harry Potter” movies has got to be “Hogwarts." We see it in every movie. In the first movie, it becomes Harry’s new home. Its where the final battle between Lord Voldemort and Harry takes place—where good finally triumphs over evil. “Hogwarts Castle” is actually “Alnwick Castle." It's situated in Northumberland, England.
2. “Platform 9 ¾”
Remember in “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” when Harry has to run through a wall to get to platform 9 ¾? Platform 9 ¾ may not exist, but the London Tube station where they filmed the movie sure does. This scene as well as many others was filmed at London’s famous “King’s Cross Station." As the movies come full circle Ron, Harry and Hermione come back to the platform to help their children through for their first year of school.
3. “Surbiton Station”
In the opening scene of “Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince”, Harry is found sitting at a muggle café in a subway station flirting with a waitress. He rides around on the trains because he has nothing better to do and he likes it. Dumbledore shows up across the platform and tells Harry to go with
him—back to the wizarding world. “Surbiton Station” is located in Kingston Borough, South London.
4. “Tottenham Court Road”
Ron: "Where are we?"
Hermione: "Tottenham Court Road. Walk, just walk, we need to find somewhere for you to change."
After Ron’s brother’s wedding is taken over by death-eaters, Hermione, Ron and Harry apparate to “Tottenham Court Road." Hermione says she chose the road because she thought it was the last place the death-eaters would look for them. They change clothes and sit in a café, discussing their plan of action. “Tottenham Court Road” is situated at the junction of Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street in London, England.
5. “4 Privet Drive”
During summer vacation from Hogwarts, Harry lived with the Dursley family at “4 Privet Drive”. This is actually a real neighborhood, “Picket Post Close” in London. Warner Brother paid the owners of the house to film there for the first movie. However when the time for the second movie came, the residents of “12 Picket Post Close” demanded so much money that Warner Brothers made a “4 Privet Drive” set rather than paying to rent “12 Picket Post Close."
6. “Forest of Dean”
In “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1” when Harry and Hermione are on the run from death-eaters and looking for horcruxes, they take refuge and set up camp in a snowy forest. Hermione says her parents once brought her to the forest for a camping trip when she was younger. Even in the books they refer to the forest as its real world name, “Forest of Dean." This forest is over a hundred square kilometers located in Gloucestershire, England. It is also where Harry finds the sword of Godric Gryffindor.