Facts About the Real Hogwarts Castle

Published: 18th February 2009
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Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardry is the fantastic place where Harry Potter and his friends went each year to learn how to become better wizards. Unfortunately, its location is a jealously guarded secret that is being kept from Muggles by the greater society of wizards at large. That means that you can't visit the actual school and take a tour of its grounds.

Luckily there are a couple of alternatives to the actual
Hogwarts Castle that can be almost as fun. First, England is the home of J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. A quick trip to London will put you in a land full of castles, and keeps, with great cathedral halls and towering pinnacle towers. This is the land that inspired the Harry Potter books, as well as many other fantasy novels, and you can actually go and experience many of these castles in real life.

If you need something more specific, why not visit the locations that were used in the filming of the Harry Potter films. No one castle was used throughout the film series, but there are a wide variety of libraries and castles that are the home to many of the most cherished scenes in the movies.

Gloucester Cathedral was one of the key locations used to film the interior of Hogwarts. Over 1300 years old, it features towering ceilings, and rich grand architecture which was perfect for the feel needed in the movies. Lacock Abbey is a more serene and picturesque location that was also used in a variety of interior shots.

If you are a little more interested in the grounds around Hogwarts, Alnwick Castle was used to shoot many of the outdoor scenes in the movies. The second oldest inhabited castle in England, it is the location of a variety of Harry Potter events throughout the series, including several Quidditch matches.

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