One of the UK’s greatest draws for tourists is to find Harry Potter filming locations around the country.
But what is perhaps lesser known with Potterheads the world over is that Gloucester Cathedral in the South West of England was used as the majority of interior Hogwarts scenes within Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
A couple of scenes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were also filmed at Gloucester Cathedral.
This mini-guide seeks to tell you more about Gloucester Cathedral as a Harry Potter filming location. Are you ready?
Harry Potter scenes filmed at Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral was used in multiple scenes within the Harry Potter films.
It’s home to the original door to the Gryffindor Common Room, as well as the corridor that spelled out the ominous words: “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened! Enemies of the Heir beware!” and “Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever” in the second movie.
Some of the troll scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were also filmed within Gloucester Cathedral, as well as scenes where Harry overhears Draco and Snape talking about the unbreakable vow in the sixth movie.
Interesting facts about Harry Potter filming at Gloucester Cathedral
Although Gloucester Cathedral is picturesque and ancient in its own rights, there were a few things the Harry Potter filming crew had to change on-site.
Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about the Harry Potter filming that took place at Gloucester Cathedral…
- Modern keyholes, locks, signs and light fittings had to be covered over and painted to help disguise them ahead of filming. Today, you can still see a box that covers some light switches!
- In order to get the effects of Moaning Myrtle flooding the girls’ toilets spot on, the crew had to actually flood the cathedral. Thankfully, a false floor was created to help prevent damage!
- Any clues that this Hogwarts filming location was actually a cathedral had to be hidden. For instance, haloes in the stained glass windows were covered with plastic filter paper.
- If you were curious how they got away with writing on the cathedral walls in “blood”, then fear not, the wall was covered with fake panelling made to look like stone.
About Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral can be found close to the City Centre of Gloucester, a historic city in the South West of England.
Built over 1300 years ago, Gloucester Cathedral has been used as an active place of Christian worship since 678-679 AD (when Osric, an Anglo-Saxon prince, founded a religious house here).
There are several famous people buried at Gloucester Cathedral such as Osric himself, King Edward II of England and Robert Curthose, the eldest son of William the Conqueror.
Alongside being used as an iconic Harry Potter filming location, Gloucester Cathedral has also been used in Doctor Who, Wolf Hall and Sherlock.
How to visit Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral is open year-round and is free to enter so you can try to find all the Harry Potter filming locations yourself.
Or… on selected days of the year, you can embark on a guided tour and be shown the Harry Potter secrets of Gloucester Cathedral by an expert (useful if you’re in a bit of a hurry!)
Harry Potter Address Book
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Well, there you have it! I hope you have fun ‘pottering’ around Gloucester Cathedral!
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