In twenty-one years, the series of novels were translated into 67 languages and sold in the amount of 5,00 million copies, and 8 films of the film adaptation became one of the highest grossing in the history of cinema. We suggest you go on a trip to the UK and Scotland – to the places where JK Rowling wrote novels and where Harry Potter films were made.
Scotland is famous for its fairy tales about fairies, witches and elves and legends about the mythical monster living in Loch Ness. It was in this country, in the old city of Edinburgh, that the first and last novels about Harry Potter were written.
Joanne Rowling has lived in Edinburgh since 1994. It was a difficult time for the writer – she divorced, lost her job and lived with a young child for a benefit. The ancient architecture of Edinburgh inspired the writer: Edinburgh Castle towering over the city, surrounded by narrow streets, Victoria Street, which became the prototype of Kosoi Lane. The first book was written in the cheap Nicolson cafes (later renamed Spoon and installed a memorial tablet for the writer) and The Elephant House (which introduced a 1 pound admission fee after the influx of fans of Harry Potter books), where Joan could write while her daughter sleeping.
The last book was written in the luxurious Hotel Balmoral, in room 552. The writer is reminded of the door knocker of the owl-like number and the inscription with a marker “J.K. Rowling finished writing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in this room on January 11, 2007 “on a marble statuette of the god Hermes.
In an interview, JK Rowling mentioned that the 11th-century castle for her was Alnwick, located in Northumberland, on the border with Scotland, and Hogwarts is located in the Scottish Highlands, dotted with lakes, glaciers and flowering valleys. It was in the castle that Alnick was filmed, as young wizards learned to fly a broomstick under the guidance of Madame Hooch.
Hogwarts Express, a train from London to Hogsmeade, is an old Jacobite Steam Train, which runs along the Western Mountain Railway from May to October. And the beautiful arched viaduct on which the flying Ford with Ron and Harry lands on the road to Hogwarts on the Harry Potter and the Secret Room is the Glenfinnan Viaduct viaduct.
Other episodes of the saga were filmed in the highlands: scenes in Hagrid’s hut were filmed in Glen Coe, one of the most beautiful valleys of Scotland with transparent rivers, lakes and a waterfall, the Quidditch tournament in Glen Nevis (Glen Nevis), and the tournament of three wizards in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” – at the Steall Falls.
Many scenes of Hogwarts were filmed in the old colleges of Oxford University. The prototype of the Great Hall of Hogwarts was the dining room at Christ Church College. In the medieval Bodleian library, where 11 million valuable manuscripts are kept, they shot the Hogwarts library.
The huge oak tree, which Draco Malfoy challenges Harry in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, grows on the territory of New College. And at the Oxford School of Theology, they shot the Hogwarts Infirmary.
After Oxford, you can go to Gloucester, located an hour and a half away by train. There is a huge cathedral, built in the 11th century, which served as another prototype of Hogwarts. The episode where Ron and Harry are saved from the troll and the episodes with the advent of the ghosts Myrl Myrtle and Headless Nick in the first two films were shot here. There is a legend that in the crypt of the cathedral you can meet the ghost of the old monk of the Gloucester monastery.
In Durham, which can be reached by bus from the London Central Bus Station, stands at the top of the cliff of the Cathedral of Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Cuthbert. In the first film, a snowy yard was filmed here, through which an owl flies. And in the house of the cathedral abbot filmed scenes of lessons of Professor McGonagall.
A lot of episodes from the Harry Potter films were filmed in London. The scene in the House of Reptiles, where Harry spoke to a python and realized his magical abilities, was filmed in the London Zoo, where 650 species of animals live.
Harry’s journey by train to Hogwarts began at Kings Cross Station, on a platform 9 and 3/4 invisible to non-magicians, which can be reached by passing through a wall between platforms 4 and 5. There is a cart half stuck in it with which Harry Potter fans like to be photographed.
In the Victorian market with the glass ceiling, Leadenhall was rented Oblique Lane, and in the optics store on the market – the Leaky Cauldron pub. The building of the magic bank “Gringotts” was filmed in the diplomatic mission of Australia.
The scene in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in which death eaters attack Harry and his friends, was filmed in Piccadilly Square. And in the film “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, the same death eaters destroyed the Millennium Bridge, offering a great view of St. Peter’s Cathedral.
And just 30 kilometres from London, in Black Park (so named because of the twilight reigning here even on sunny days) in Buckinghamshire, they shot the Forbidden Forest where unicorns and centaurs live.
In the town of Leavesden in the suburbs of London, where in 40 minutes you can get by train from the London Euston station, there is Warner Bros. studio, where for eight years all eight films were shot.
In the studio pavilions, there is the Harry Potter Museum, which contains costumes, magic utensils, room decorations and entire streets. The museum will tell you how the films were shot, costumes and special effects were created. Here you will see the scenery of the village of Hogsmeade, the huts of Hagrid, Kosoi Lane, the house of Harry and the flying car of the Weasley family, you can drink creamy beer, try on a magic hat and learn to fly a broomstick.
Be sure to buy tickets in advance on the website wbstudiotour.co.uk and do not be late – they are allowed into the studio only during the hours indicated on the ticket. It is almost impossible to buy tickets on the spot – a limited number of visitors are allowed into the museum, and all tickets are usually sold a few weeks in advance.