Located just outside the city of Bath, set in the chalk hills and wide valleys of Wiltshire, lies Lacock; a tiny 13th-century medieval market town with a population of just over 1,000 people. Today, Lacock is very much a preserved village; a modern-day time capsule where visitors will struggle to find structures in the main village built later than the 18th century.
Little wonder then that this picturesque, quintessential English village, often mooted as the birthplace of photography, is frequently used as a backdrop for TV and film productions. Perhaps most famously, several of the Harry Potter movies were filmed here, includingThe Philosophers Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Half-Blood Prince,and, most recently,Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Let’s take a tour around this fascinating village and explore some of the places used during the filming ofHarry Potter before you visit the magical world in our Harry Potter Studio tour.
Harry Potter’s Parents’ House
During a scene inThe Philosopher’s Stone, Hagrid and Harry are sitting inThe Leaky Cauldron.Hagrid explains to Harry what happened to his parents, and we see a flashback scene involving Voldemort. He enters the house using magic and kills Harry’s parents, leaving baby Harry behind.
Horace Slughorn’s Hideaway
At the beginning ofThe Half-Blood Prince, we see Horace Slughorn hiding out in this house away from the Death Eaters, who have been trying to recruit him for over a year. He explains that the house belongs to Muggles who are on holiday, and he never stays anywhere for more than a week.
Lacock Abbey (Hogwarts)
The Abbey is perhaps the most iconic of all filming locations in Lacock. Featuring mostly inThe Sorcerer’s StoneandThe Chamber of Secretsand, most recentlyThe Crimes of Grindelwald.
Thecloistersserved as the corridors in Hogwarts on many occasions, whilst various rooms throughout the abbey were used for classrooms such as Professor Snape’spotions classroomand Professor Quirrell’sDefense Against the Dark Artsclass.
InThe Chamber of Secrets, Harry hears the Basilisk moving through the pipes in the cloisters, and the Chapter House at the abbey is where Harry discovers theMirror of Erised.