a journey in the footsteps of Harry Potter

June 26, 1997 was published the first of seven books about the boy wizard Harry Potter. For twenty-one series of novels has been translated into 67 languages and sold over 5 million copies 00 and 8 movies of the film adaptation became one of the highest grossing in cinema history. We offer you travel around the UK and Scotland — on the places where JK Rowling wrote novels and film about Harry Potter.

1. Edinburgh — the city where was born the first book about Harry Potter

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Scotland is famous for its fairy tales about fairies, witches and elves and legends of a mythical monster living in Loch ness. In this country, in the old city of Edinburgh was written the first and last novels about Harry Potter.

JK Rowling lived in Edinburgh since 1994. It was difficult for the writer the time she divorced, lost her job and lived with a small child on welfare. Ancient architecture of Edinburgh has inspired the writer: towering Edinburgh castle, is surrounded by narrow streets, Victoria street, which became the prototype of the driving lane. The first book was written in a cheap cafe Nicolson (later it was renamed the Spoon and installed a memorial plaque to the writer) and The Elephant House (which introduced an entrance fee of 1 pound after the influx of fans of books about Harry Potter), where Joan could write while her daughter slept.

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The last book was written at the luxurious Balmoral hotel, in room 552. About the stay of the writer resembles a door knocker in the owl and inscription in marker “George.To. Rowling finished writing “Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows” in this room on 11 January 2007″ on a marble statuette of God Hermes.

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2. The Scottish Highlands — a place inhabited by fantastic beasts

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Photo: iLongLoveKing/Shutterstock, Alnwick Castle

In an interview, Rowling mentioned that the prototype of Hogwarts for it was a castle of the 11th century Alnwick castle (Alnwick), located in Northumberland, on the border with Scotland, and Hogwarts is in the Scottish Highlands dotted with lakes, glaciers and flowering valleys. It is in the Alnwick castle was filmed as the young wizards learned to fly on a broom under the leadership of Madam Hooch.

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“The Hogwarts Express”, a train going from London to Hogsmeade, is a vintage steam train Jacobite Steam Train, which runs along the West highland railway from may to October. A beautiful arched viaduct, which in the movie “Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets” on the way to Hogwarts landing of the flying Ford with Ron and Harry is the Glenfinnan viaduct (Glenfinnan Viaduct).

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Photo: Shutterstock.com. The Valley Of Glen CoE

In the highlands was shot and the other episodes of the Saga: the scene in Hagrid’s hut were filmed in Glen CoE (Glen Coe), one of the most beautiful valleys of Scotland with transparent rivers, lakes and waterfall, the Quidditch tournament in Glen Nevis (Glen Nevis), and the Triwizard tournament in “Harry Potter and the goblet of fire” — the Steele waterfall (Steall Falls).

3. The Oxford, Gloucester and Durham school of Hogwarts where Harry Potter learned magic

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Photo: e X p o s e / Shutterstock.com. The dining room in the College of Christ Church

Many of the scenes of Hogwarts were filmed in the historic colleges of Oxford University. The prototype of the Great hall of Hogwarts was the dining room at the College of Christ Church. In the medieval Bodleian library, which holds 11 million valuable manuscripts, they took the library of Hogwarts.

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Photo: Diliff / Wikimedia Commons. Medieval Bodleian library

A huge oak tree, which Draco Malfoy throwing Harry a call in the movie “Harry Potter and the goblet of fire” is increasing across the new College. And the Oxford School of divinity was removed the infirmary of Hogwarts.

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Photo: Pexels/CC0. The Cathedral in Gloucester

After Oxford you can go to Gloucester, located one hour away by train. There is a huge Cathedral built in the 11th century, which served as another prototype of Hogwarts. The scene where Harry and Ron are saved from the Troll, and the episodes with the appearance of ghosts Crybabies Myrtle and headless nick in the first two movies were filmed here. Legend has it that in the crypt of the Cathedral can be seen a Ghost old monk of the Gloucester monastery.

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Photo: Tanasut Chindasuthi/Shutterstock.com. The Cathedral in Durham

In Durham, reachable by bus from the Central bus station London, stands on the cliff-top Cathedral of Christ, the virgin Mary and St. Cuthbert. In the first film was shot here the snow-covered yard, on which flies an owl. And in the deanery of the Cathedral were shot scenes for the lessons Professor McGonagall.

4. London — in the suburbs which Harry Potter lived and where he went to Hogwarts

In London was filmed a lot of scenes from films about Harry Potter. The scene in the “reptile House” where Harry spoke to the Python, and realized his magic was filmed in the London zoo, where he lives 650 species of animals.

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The journey Harry is on the train to Hogwarts started at kings Cross, invisible to the mages platform 9 and 3/4, which can be reached through the wall between platforms 4 and 5. Now there are trolley half stuck in the wall, next to which love to be photographed by Harry Potter fans.

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On the Victorian market with glass painted ceiling Leadenhall filmed Diagon alley and shop in the market — pub “Leaky cauldron”. The magic building of the Bank “Gringotts” was filmed in the diplomatic mission of Australia.

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Photo: pio3 / Shutterstock. Millennium Bridge

The scene in the movie “Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows”, in which death eaters attack Harry and his friends were shooting on the square in Piccadilly. And in the film “Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince” the same death eaters destroyed the Millennium Bridge, which offers a great view of the Cathedral of St. Peter.

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And just 30 miles from London, in the Black Park (so named from the fact that even on Sunny days, twilight reigns here) in Buckinghamshire, filming the Forbidden forest inhabited by unicorns and centaurs.

5. Warner Bros., which was created by the fantastic costumes and decorations

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Photo: getyourguide.com. Warner Bros.

In the town of Leusden in the suburbs of London, where in 40 minutes you can reach by train from London Euston station, is Warner Bros., where for 10 years were taken from all eight movies.

Simon is a Museum of Harry Potter, which contains costumes, magical utensils, decoration of rooms and entire streets. The Museum tells how the film was shot, created the costumes and special effects. Here you will see the scenery of the village of Hogsmeade, Hagrid’s hut, Diagon alley, the house Harry and the flying car of the Weasley family, I can drink butter beer, try magic hat and learn to fly on a broom.

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Photo: getyourguide.com Studio Warner Bros.

Be sure to buy tickets in advance on the website wbstudiotour.co.uk and don’t be late — at the Studio is allowed only between the hours specified on the ticket. To buy tickets for the almost impossible — to the Museum allowed only a limited number of visitors, and all tickets are usually sold out weeks in advance.

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