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Ferne Arfin

Hogwarts, Right?

By January 31, 2013

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Harry Potter fans will recognise this picture in a flash. Obviously, it's Hogwarts, right?

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Good guess but actually, no. It's not a cinema special effect but the cloister at Gloucester Cathedral which stood in for Hogwarts on a regular basis in most of the films. The films may be available to buy online these days but I'll bet there are legions of loyal fans who watch over and over - then read the books and image what they've seen.

You can make it all real to them on your UK vacation - or February school vacation - by visiting the many Harry Potter film locations all over the country from Alnwick Castle, that also stood in for parts of Hogwarts, to the Ribble Viaduct, a feature of several train journeys and a quidditch match. After you've visited a few of the locations, make time to visit the studio where most the films were shot - just a short train journey from London. Even if you're not a fan, a visit the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, through the actual sets and behind the scenes crafts, Can't fail to turn your head.

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