Review: Gloucester Cathedral (Harry Potter Filming Location)

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Being the massive Harry Potter nerd that I am, I had to visit the Gloucester Cathedral cloisters where parts of Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were filmed.

You might recognize these fan-vaulted halls as some of the Hogwarts student halls from the first 2 films (though the graves were covered up for filming). Some scenes that were set here include:

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Of course, Gloucester cathedral is worth a wander for muggles as well as witches and wizards. Besides being an intricately decorated cathedral of regal archways and crystalline stained-glass, there are also some interesting burials and objects about.

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It is the final resting place of Edward II, 7th king of England who lived from 1307 – 1327. He was the first king to hold the title “Prince of Wales.” He loved music and acting and was very unlike the bloodthirsty kings before him, but his short life was fraught with the same scandal and brutality as was typical of the inhumane royals; as was his lover Piers Galveston’s. His remains were refused by 3 other churches, possibly due to his homosexual nature but were accepted into Gloucester Cathedral by Abbott Thoky.

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Here rests also The Duke of Normandy (Robert Curthose). He lived from 1051 – 1134 and was the eldest son of William the Conqueror. After a few failed attempts to overthrow his brother, William II King of England he was jailed at Devizes Castle and later moved to Cardiff Castle where he passed in his 80s.

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But it isn’t all doom and gloom. Behind glass is the processional cross that was used at revered Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

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The cathedral and gift shop are free to enter but there are donation points and visitors are encouraged to give a donation. For any nearby witches and wizards, it is worth a stroll through the gothic halls of Hogwarts.

Next stop on my Harry Potter bucketlist is: Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.

Who is your favourite Harry Potter character? What is your favourite Harry Potter-themed place?

 

 

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