“You’re a wizard, Harry!” Come to the UK and learn English in a Harry Potter experience!

Discover the locations of Harry Potter films while studying with us!

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By Lucas Kaphengst - uploaded on 15/11/2019

In 1997 a British author came up with an idea that would change the world forever. When Joanne Kathleen Rowling was sat on a train going through the Scottish Highlands, she imagined the story of a little boy going to a not-so-ordinary school and fighting evil with his two best friends. So, she set down in a café in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh and started writing, not knowing that soon everyone would know her name, and especially the name of her main character: Harry Potter.

7 books translated in 69 languages, published in 200 countries, 8 movies that made $8.64 billion worldwide and a fan base stronger than any other! Harry Potter is a phenomenon without a doubt! And if you consider yourself a big fan, it is definitely a great idea to come to the United Kingdom to study English here. You can dive into the magical world of Harry Potter. With filming locations in England, Scotland and Wales you will come across Harry Potter all over the country. International House Newcastle gives you the opportunity to visit these amazing location!

1) Alnwick Castle

Take flying lessons on a broom! Yes, that’s right, flying lessons! The small town of Alnwick in Northumberland, very close to Newcastle upon Tyne, is home to Alnwick castle, one of the castles used in the Harry Potter movies to shoot some of the most iconic scenes. Our school, International House Newcastle, organizes regular trips to “Hogwarts”.

2) Durham

Durham Cathedral, was one of the filming locations of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter films (the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Prisoner of Azkaban). Walk around the cathedrals majestic hallways used as Hogwarts school hallways. It is one of the oldest cathedrals on the British isles and that’s whyit really makes you feel like you were inside the old historic Hogwarts castle.

By the way: Durham is only 10 minutes by train from Newcastle! So hop on “Hogwarts express” and discover magical Durham city!

3) Edinburgh

The “birthplace of Harry Potter”. In Edinburgh you will come across the name “Harry Potter” almost everywhere in the city. If you go to the city (where we also organise trips to) you have the opportunity to visit the famous “Elephant house” café, where J.K. Rowling wrote the first book, take a walk on the spooky graveyards to find the names of some of the most famous characters of the stories and see Edinburgh Castle, which also was one of the inspirations behind the Hogwarts castle. 

So, what are you waiting for? Come to the United Kingdom to live in the magical world of everyone’s favourite wizard!

International House Newcastle offers the following programmes at Alnwick Castle and Durham in Spring and Summer 2020.