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Harry Potter fans, here are some places in the UK you should visit

With the latest movie in the Harry Potter world, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, opening next week, Potterheads can plan a vacation to the United Kingdom and visit the wizarding world for an authentic magical holiday.

Travel companies such as Trafalgar and Insight Vacations offer guided trips with stays in castles for a complete, authentic experience.

All the fun without the hassle.

Here are five places to visit and relive the magic of the Harry Potter films.


Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England

This was the location for Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies.

Scenes filmed at the castle include Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) first Quidditch lesson, as seen in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001), and the crash-landing of the car that Ron (Rupert Grint) and Harry flew to school in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002).

This 11th century castle is home to the Duke of Northumberland and has 150 rooms. Visitors can discover the history of the castle, go for broomstick training and take part in quests.


Oxford University, Oxford, England

Visit the Great Hall in Christ Church College. This is where producers found their inspiration and rebuilt the set in the movie studio.

Inside the college, the stairway going up to the Great Hall and a small archway on the left after the entrance were also featured.

The Bodleian Library was used as Hogwart's infirmary. It was also where Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) taught the students to dance in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005).

Oxford's Duke Humfrey's Library was used for the scene where Harry wore his invisibility cloak to sneak into the restricted section of the Hogwarts library in The Sorcerer's Stone.


Durham Cathedral, Durham, England

Durham Cathedral was used in the first two films for both interior and exterior views of Hogwarts, and is also where some scenes of Quidditch practices were filmed. The impressive archways also served as the backdrop for the scene where Ron vomits slugs in The Chamber Of Secrets.

Widely known and admired for its amazing architecture and ribbed vaulted ceiling, Durham Cathedral is one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites.


Glencoe, Scotland

Embark on your adventure in the Western Highlands for dramatic landscapes which were the backdrop for Hagrid's Hut, complete with pumpkin patch and a smoking chimney. It was also the primary location for the outdoor shots in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004).


London, England

Check out the location of the red telephone box where Harry Potter and Mr Weasley descend into the secret Ministry of Magic in the Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (2007).

Admire the platform 9¾ sign where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express, and explore the city for various shooting locations and for authentic sets, costumes and props used in the movies.

You should also walk along the Millennium Bridge and relive the dramatic sequence where Voldemort's Death Eaters destroy the suspension bridge.

The cherry on the cake is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, a must for Potterheads to get that truly immersive behind-the-scenes experience.

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