Few series of novels have enjoyed such contemporary success as the Harry Potter JK Rowling volumes. The overwhelming popularity of the novels was the perfect setup for eight films based on the books, which also garnered critical acclaim and public admiration. In fact, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released, it broke the record for the highest-grossing opening day for a film in history. The eight beloved films were shot both at Warner Bros studios and on location across the UK in England, Scotland and Wales.
From the Dursley family home to Hogwarts Lake, many filming locations are open to the public. Some even have exhibitions related to the Harry Potter novels and movies. Read on to learn more about where the Harry Potter saga was filmed.
One of the most famous places in Harry Potter saga is the Dursley house, located at 4 Privet Drive in the books, although the real house is located at 12 Picket Post Close in the town of Bracknell. Harry lived here, in a closet, with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his cousin Dudley Dursley before he left for Hogwarts. After having to pay locals to film in this area 35 miles west of London, Warner Bros decided to build a replica of the house as a studio.
Platform 9 ¾
King’s Cross Station in London has been chosen as the location for the Hogwarts Express train platform. Part of the station wall, between platforms 4 and 5, was used to shoot the scenes where Harry and the gang magically cross the brick barrier to access the Hogwarts Express. Now, at the filming location, a permanent luggage cart appears to magically disappear into a wall under a sign in Platform 9 ¾, giving fans a photo opportunity.