It’s been 20 years since the boy wizard Harry Potter hit the big screen.
In November 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in theaters and it was great that adults saw themselves on beaches, buses or trains with their heads in one of the incredibly popular children’s books.
However, nowhere would serve to bring magical magic to life when novels were turned into movies.
Various venues, including cathedrals, a castle, and historic landmarks across England, soon had new claims of fame.
Durham Cathedral, Durham City
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was brought to life in several locations, including the former cloisters of Durham Cathedral in the franchise’s first big screen display.
Also the Chapter House of the cathedral was the location of the scenes from Professor McGonagall’s transfiguration class.
To celebrate the anniversary, fans are urged to visit on Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 GMT and don the colors and robes of their magical houses and see if they can spot which places in the cathedral made it to the big screen.
Mersey Tunnels, Liverpool
Up to 90,000 vehicles pass through Liverpool’s Mersey Tunnels every day, but only a giant on a flying motorcycle, with the world’s most famous wizard in his sidecar, has passed them.
In 2010, Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliffe – and Hagrid – Robbie Coltrane – appeared in town to film the dramatic chase scene in The Deathly Hallows Part One.
On the run from Voldemort and his Death Eaters, in the film they are seen taking a detour through the Queensway Tunnel, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.
Merseytravel, which owns and operates the tunnels, received £ 20,000 from Warner Brothers for the use of the Queensway tunnel.
He donated the money to a children’s hospice.
Vere House, Lavenham, Suffolk
The 14th century De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, was used as Harry’s birthplace in Part One of the Deathly Hallows.
But it was also the site of something darker, it was also where the young wizard’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.
It was listed for sale for almost £ 1 million in 2017, but conjuring up a buyer was a struggle and is currently an attraction on Airbnb.
He was part of Godric’s Hollow in the movie and was seen with a Christmas tree in the window, in front of a fictional cemetery.
The house is among some 340 listed buildings in Lavenham, considered the best preserved medieval town in England.
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire
The historic cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral were transformed into the halls of Hogwarts for the first two films and the Gothic building Lavatorium, a washing place, also presents several times.
In the first of the film series, the troll that vandalized the girls’ bathrooms, trapping Hermione, is seen walking through the cloisters, while Harry and Ron were hiding in the Lavatorium.
The cathedral reappears in the second film when its North Walk features the words written in blood announcing that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened.
Steps away is where Moaning Myrtle floods the restrooms.
The Lavatorium also provided a hiding place for the boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth in the franchise, as he listens to Professor Snape say that he had already taken the unbreakable vow.
More than 170 students ages 11 to 18 from nearby King’s School received a first leg on the acting ladder and starred as extras in the multi-million dollar production.
Zoological Society of London Zoo (ZSL), Regent’s Park
The Reptile House at ZSL London Zoo is home to an incredible collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs, and crocodiles.
It was thought to be the perfect setting, with its dim lighting, to film Harry’s creepy encounter with a talking Burmese python that he unleashes at the Philosopher’s Stone.
In real life, the filmed enclosure houses a black mamba snake.
The Wiltshire village of Lacock has become known as “Harry Potter’s Village” over the years because it was used so many times as a location for the movies.
Scenes from the Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Half-Blood Prince, and most recently Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald were filmed there, probably due to its varied architecture with some buildings dating back to the 14th century.
Lacock Abbey, one of the many places to become Hogwarts, is a country house with monastic roots and was once the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative.
Among other filming locations, the abbey’s warm-up room became the classroom where Professor Snape’s potions lessons were held.
Scenes from BBC period dramas such as Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice were also filmed here, according to the National Trust, which owns most of the town.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands
The Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. saw the Hogwarts Express travel over him for the filming of the second and third Harry Potter books.
The 19th-century viaduct has been used as a location in several movies and television series, including Ring of Bright Water, Charlotte Gray, Monarch of the Glen, Stone of Destiny, and The Crown.
After its appearance in the Harry Potter films, fans were warned by the British Transport Police not to walk the viaduct after several train accidents.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland He also played Hogwarts school during Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets in 2002.
The Outer Bailey was used as the area where Harry and his fellow students learned the rules of the magical sport Quidditch, while the Inner Bailey was where Harry and Ron crash-landed the Weasley family’s flying car.
Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, the castle now offers “broom training” to its younger visitors.
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