Visiting the Hogwarts of the First Harry Potter Movie

Alnwick Castle has long been famous in England. But it got a whole new life in Hollywood a little over a decade ago.

Yep, Alnwick Castle is none other than Hogwarts in the first Harry Potter movie.

See if you recognize any of these spots I tiptoed graciously upon in England!

If you haven’t already checked out the reality of Alnwick Castle, hope on over here to read up on the family that lives there. Not the Hogwarts one, the muggle one.

Harry Potter Alnwick Castle

She’s a beaut, there’s no doubt about it!

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The Real People Who Live in the Harry Potter Castle

The Harry Potter movies used locations all over Britain, as well as a big helping of green screens, to create those magical movies that I, personally, watch on repeat every once in a while. (Read: Every weekend.)

One very important location was Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England. Do you think you’ll recognize it? Read on!

The experience of visiting Alnwick Castle is a strange mix of reality and magic. Let’s hit the reality part first:

Alnwick is an actual family castle, meaning, people actually live here! That’s right, the Duke of Northumberland lives here with his family.

Harry Potter Alnwick castle


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The Little Girl Behind Alice in Wonderland

Have you ever wondered about the inspiration behind English author Lewis Carroll‘s famous book?

I hadn’t … until last week!

I tend to pick up (or download) books for no other reason than “Holy shit, that cover’s [insert adjective here]!”

Adorable, beautiful, confusing, interesting, maddening. For whatever reason, I judge books by their covers.

Most recently, my eye was caught by this one:

Via blog.abramsbooks.com.

Via blog.abramsbooks.com.

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6 Awful Truths About Platform 9¾


I’m here to tell you the truth about Platform 9¾: It sucks.

I know tourists flock to King’s Cross Station to get a glimpse of the famous Harry Potter location. I know that because I’ve done it.

The magical spot between platforms 9 and 10 that young witches and wizards use to access the Hogwarts Express and be whisked away to wizarding school! Nothing says Harry Potter quite like Platform 9¾. So why am I telling you not to waste your time?

1. It takes a lot of buses. Maybe I’m just bad with maps and timetables, but it took a lot of effort to get there.

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Via pleated-jeans.com.

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