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Harry Potter Filming Locations in the UK and Ireland

Over the course of the eight Harry Potter movies, filmmakers used a combination of sets and on-site location filming to recreate the magic of the wizarding world that many of us dreamed about as children. Over 50 different Harry Potter filming locations throughout the UK and Ireland came together to bring this magic to reality.

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Diagon Alley Locations in the UK

While we Muggles may never be able to find the exact brick wall that lets us enter Diagon Alley, there are a number of locations that we can visit in the UK to recreate the magic of this wizard shopping street. Scattered across London, York and Edinburgh these seven Diagon Alley locations either helped to inspire J.K. Rowling in imagining Diagon Alley for the books or served as a filming location in the Harry Potter movies.

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Harry Potter Filming Locations in Scotland

As the home for Hogwarts in the books and movies, Scotland delivers an extraordinary experience for Harry Potter fans looking to relive the magic of the series. Many areas within the dramatic and mystical landscape of the highlands served as Harry Potter filming locations, including the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct that the Hogwarts Express travels over, the beautiful Hogwarts Black Lake, the location for Hagrid’s Hut, and other stunning highland scenery used for the grounds of Hogwarts.

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Harry Potter Train in Scotland going over Glenfinnan Viaduct

For Harry Potter fans, riding the Hogwarts Express truly represents a once in a lifetime experience. Even if the owl carrying your acceptance letter got lost, you can still take the Harry Potter train in Scotland. Known to muggles as the Jacobite Steam Train, this historic train covers the same route that filmmakers often used to film the Hogwarts Express journey in the Harry Potter films.

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