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LaCock Abbey & Village, Wiltshire (Harry Potter Filming Location)

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As my dad has been here visiting me and my new husband (feels so weird to say that!) we’ve been looking for places to take him to. While searching I stumbled across Lacock Abbey and Village. The abbey and antiquated village have been used as filming locations for Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, Downton Abbey and The Other Boleyn Girl. Walking down the cobbled lanes under the leaning Tudor buildings definitely gives the effect of being on a movie set.

The Abbey was built in the 13th century and has been added to and changed over the years. It began as a nunnery, but was converted into a family home. It now belongs to the National Trust.

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Of course the most exciting part for me was that it was used for filming Harry Potter (especially the first movie) so naturally I brought my Gryffindor hat and wand. These cloisters were used as the Hogwarts corridors throughout the first movie (alongside Gloucester cathedral cloisters and some filmed in Oxford).

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It was sometimes difficult to figure out which rooms were used for what but after looking over my photos while watching HP and the Philosopher’s Stone I gathered that this room with the giant cauldron was used as Quirrel’s classroom…

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The cauldron itself wasn’t used in filming but is thought to be a cooking pot used by nuns at the abbey. It makes for a great HP-inspired photo though!

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If instead of going right as you walk in the entrance of the abbey, you can turn left down the cloisters which takes you to Snape’s classroom. There isn’t any information about filming however it does tell you the room was used as a place to store valuable items when it was still a nunnery.

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You can tour through the house above which was home to William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1800s. He was a scientist who produced the first photographic negative using this window…

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If photography sparks your interest there is a small photography museum you can tour through as well.

The village is absolutely magical; photos really don’t do it justice. Not only did I love the old stone, slate roofs and Tudor buildings but there are two more Harry Potter filming locations to stumble upon in the town!

We found Slughorn’s house from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

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We also found Harry’s childhood home from the flashbacks of earlier movies (you’ll notice that when they return to Harry’s home in Godric’s Hollow in the last movie it actually looks nothing like this house… the one used for filming that scene can be found in Lavenham).

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The village is small but a lovely breath of the past and definitely worth a wander.

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You might even meet some cheeky little friends along the way!

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Entrance to the Abbey is around £13 or free with a National Trust membership. We really enjoyed our day in Lacock and can’t wait to visit again in the summer months.

What is the best filming location you’ve been to or one that you’d like to see?

Toodle-pip! x

 

 

 

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?

 

 

Review: Platform 9 and 3/4, King’s Cross Station

King’s Cross Station is a stop in London that every Potter fan needs to make. Train stations are magical in their own right and this is the one where the whole Hogwarts adventure began. There are three main spots to see here.

The first is the REAL platform 9 and 3/4; where the film was actually shot. Luckily for me one of our friends was a body double for Ginny in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and she knew where the actual filming location was. Simply make your way down to the trains… the real platform 9 and 3/4 was shot between platforms 4 and 5. See you in Diagon Alley! (Or as Harry Potter calls it in the Chamber of Secrets “Diagonskjabdkaujsghad”). I’ve been saying it wrong this whole time.

As you can see I’m bringing many trolleys so that I can fill them up at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and Gringott’s. Wishful thinking!

The second stop to make at King’s Cross is to the fake Platform 9 and 3/4. Even though it isn’t where it was filmed it’s still a cool photo opportunity. It is right near the Platform 9 and 3/4 gift shop away from the trains. Unfortunately the line is usually quite long! Some of the more creative photo’s I’ve seen taken there are…

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Now I can’t find any information on exactly how many of these carts there are or where they are located but but I believe this one is on the outside of King’s Cross though I haven’t seen it myself.

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And then, there is the 9 and 3/4 shop! It is full of H.P. memorabilia such as wands, shirts, keychains, scarves, chocolate frogs with wizard cards and more. Very similar to the gift shop at the Harry Potter Studio Tour and the Universal Studios gift shop only smaller. On busy days there can be a line-up to go in the shop however. I’d suggest going through the week!

A friendly duel in the Platform 9 and 3/4 shop! Stupefy!

 

I really do love King’s Cross station. It is huge and always buzzing with all sorts of muggles and magical folk alike. I wouldn’t make a trip out just for this but if you’re a Potter fan who finds yourself in London it’s definitely worth a stop to get a few cool and memorable snaps, and perhaps a little something at the 9 and 3/4 shop.

I did buy a little something to remind me of my amazing adventures in London…

Rated: 4/5

Have you been to King’s Cross? Did you take any HP-themed photos? 🙂