This post was most recently updated on October 15th, 2018
Up North in Scotland
Scotland is known for its dramatic landscapes and tranquil lochs and a number of the Harry Potter films feature atmospheric Scottish vistas. Loch Etive, located in the Argyll and Bute area of the Scottish Highlands pops up in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 as the setting of Harry, Hermione and Ron’s campsite.
Glencoe village is located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands and was used as a number of locations in the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Most notably, the village was used as the location of Hagrid’s Hut and is home to the iconic bridge leading into Hogwarts. The bridge is actually a structure known as the Glenfinnan Viaduct and features in the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the Goblet of Fire.
Another loch, Loch Elit in the West Highlands, was used as the Avalon-inspired island location of Dumbledore’s grave. Last but nowhere near least, the Hogwarts Express itself operated in real life as the Jacobite Steam Train and runs between May and October between Glasgow and Fort William in Scotland.
The Harry Potter universe may have reached its conclusion on screen but out in the real world these shooting locations are still standing, waiting for curious muggles to bring them back to life.