Harry Potter flies back to Hogwarts for film screening

The poster for the first Harry Potter movie.
The poster for the first Harry Potter movie.

A special open-air screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be staged at Alnwick Castle – where scenes from the hit movie were filmed.

The historic fortress doubled up as Hogwarts for the first two instalments of the blockbuster series, which chronicles the adventures of the boy wizard.

Filming for the Philosopher’s Stone, directed by Chris Columbus, took place at the castle in 2001 and scenes included Harry’s first Quidditch lesson.

And on Thursday, September 3, Harry, Hermione, Ron and the gang will be flying back into Alnwick when the first movie is shown on a big screen.

The evening screening, which has capacity for 1,500 people, is being brought to the castle courtesy of Luna Cinema – the country’s leading producer of open-air cinema events.

George Wood, founder and director of Luna Cinema, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the Luna Cinema to Alnwick Castle for the first time.

“Everyone remembers the castle’s star turn as Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films and I always love it when we can match a film with the perfect location.

“Audiences on the night will have a spectacular experience as the castle makes a truly stunning backdrop for our big screen.

“We’re looking forward to our first screening in Northumberland – hopefully it will be the first of many.”

People can bring a picnic or hot food and drinks will be available on site.

Booking is essential and tickets are £13.50 adult, £9 children (3-15) and £26 premium. Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

For more information about the event and to book, visit thelunacinema.com