Two decades and eight films later, the film franchise still draws people from all over the globe to visit its filming locations, where they can walk in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione.
In celebration of the big anniversary, holidaycottages.co.uk have revealed the top Harry Potter filming locations across the UK and their most memorable moments, based on the number of memorable scenes each location featured in, the percentage of TripAdvisor reviews those locations had that were related to Harry Potter, and Instagram data.
Take a look to see where Alnwick Castle ranks.
5. Glencoe, Argyll
This stunning Scottish nature reserve is also home to Hagrid’s hut, which you can still see today on a visit, just be careful of the hippogriffs. Glencoe also formed the background for many Quidditch matches and elements of the Triwizard tournament.
6. Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
This 13th century abbey is another place where the iconic Hogwarts hallways were filmed. In the film, Harry can be spotted here in his invisibility cloak, only just avoiding being seen by Snape.
7. Oxford University
The beautiful setting of Oxford University doubles as a number of Hogwarts’ rooms, including the Bodleian library as the Hogwarts library, where Harry sneaks around in his invisibility cloak and New College providing shots for the hallways, where Mad-Eyed Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret.
8. Durham Cathedral
Professor McGonagall’s classroom is set at Durham Cathedral, the location where Ron gets the dreaded Slug vomiting curse. It’s one of a number of locations that played a part in the Hogwarts hallways, with Harry’s owl Hedwig spotted in this particular hall.