Get ready to return to the Wizarding World this week, as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the cinemas, and pay a visit to some of the real-life filming locations near our parks.
While the latest JK Rowling release is based mainly in Paris, many of the films in the Harry Potter series had scenes filmed near, and in one case on, our parks!
So why not apparate, use the Floo Network or fly your Nimbus 2001 to one of these amazing locations…
Yes, that’s right! Thornwick Bay actually featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. You may not have recognised it as it was digitally altered to look nowhere near as beautiful as it does now, but Harry, Ron and Hermione can be seen walking through an abandoned caravan park on their quest to find Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes – even if it was only a few seconds of footage!
Location: Thornwick Bay
This Welsh beach, popular for filming, can be seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when they trio arrive at Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s Shell Cottage after escaping Malfoy Manor. Of course, this scene has sad memories for fans as Dobby is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange. Not only is it a great spot for Potter fans it’s also a stunning beach!
Location: 30 minutes from Kiln Park and Lydstep Beach
Alnwick Castle was used as a shooting location for both Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You can see the outside of the castle when Harry learns how to fly a broomstick and when Oliver Wood teaches him the rules of Quidditch. The courtyards were also used to film students walking around Hogwarts, while Ron crashing the flying Ford Anglia was also shot here.
Location: 30 minutes from Haggerston Castle, 45 minutes from Berwick
If you’re willing to venture that little bit further from our parks to see a part of the Wizarding World then Lacock Abbey is a must-visit! It was used as a filming location for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald with the movie returning to Hogwarts for the first time since the Harry Potter series.
Eddie Redmayne, who plays Magizoologist Newt Scamander, was reportedly seen on set, alongside his on-screen brother Theseus, played by Callum Turner, and Zoe Kravitz, who appears as Leta Lestrange. Also here Harry discovers the Mirror of Erised and “enjoyed” potions lessons with Severus Snape.
Location: 1 hour and 30 minutes from Burnham-on-Sea
This beautiful limestone formation, formed from the end of the last Ice Age, was the place where Harry and Hermione set up camp on their Horcrux hunt in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
Location: 1 hour and 20 minutes from Cala Gran
This is where Harry and co go to find a boot! Of course, the boot is a portkey that transports them to the Quidditch World Cup. Not only is it a great filming location, it’s also a beautiful spot for a seaside walk! It has also appeared in the Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald trailer – this time the portkey is a bucket for Newt and Jacob Kowalksi.
Location: 45 minutes from Combe Haven
When Death Eaters appear at the Weasley’s home The Burrow a fight breaks out in the swampy reed beds outside, and this was filmed at the Swannery in Abbotsbury!
Location: 30 minutes from Weymouth Bay and Seaview, 25 minutes from Littlesea, 1 hour from Rockley Park
While the Hogwarts Express may leave from Kings Cross in London with the aim of the magic school in the Scottish highlands what you actually see is Goathland Station that acts as Hogsmeade Station.
Location: 1 hour from Blue Dolphin
The village in Suffolk was used to portray Godric’s Hollow, where both Harry and Albus Dumbledore had lived. Lavenham Guildhall is believed to be the building where Harry’s parents were killed by Voldemort and he became known as The Boy Who Lived.
Location: 1 hour from The Orchards