Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002


Chris Columbus


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London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Kings Cross Station, Euston Road at York Way, London N1 (tube: Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines)

St Pancras International, Euston Road at Pancras Road, London NW1 (home of Eurostar) (tube: Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines)

Wiltshire: Lacock Abbey, three miles from Chippenham(Great Western Main Line from London Paddington)

Gloucestershire: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester (rail: First Great Western from London Paddington)

Oxfordshire: Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford

Northumberland: Alnwick Castle. Alnwick is 33 miles north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and 80 miles south of Edinburgh (both served by international airports). (rail: East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross)

Co Durham: Durham Cathedral, Durham (rail: East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross)


See also:

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone)

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Lacock Abbey, also seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) was a featured location in 1958’s swashbuckler The Moonraker

Alnwick Castle is a veteran location, seen in Disney’s The Spaceman and King Arthur; Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, with Kevin Costner; Mary Queen of Scots; Becket, with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton; and Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett

Harry Potter location: St Pancras Station, London

Harry Potter location: the ‘King’s Cross’ exterior: St Pancras Station, London

The tone is slightly darker for the second of the series and, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of the same locations, though ‘Privet Drive’ is recreated in the studio.

Pity poor King’s Cross Station. After years of being overshadowed on screen by its more photogenic neighbour, the Victorian mock-Gothic St Pancras Station, King’s Cross finally got its moment of glory through the Harry Potter series.

But, although its platforms appear again as Harry, Hermione and Ron fail to catch the Hogwarts express, the Weasley’s Ford Anglia takes off in front of screen-friendly St Pancras (now, of course, St Pancras International, home of the Eurostar terminal).

The fantastic exterior of St Pancras has graced many films, though never more unusually than as a royal palace in the imaginative 1995 film of Richard III, with Ian McKellen.

The Weasley house was built on Gypsy Lane, near the village of Abbots Langley, opposite the film’s base at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire.

Harry Potter location: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Harry Potter location: the Weasley’s Ford Anglia lands on the Viaduct: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

On its way to Hogwarts, the Ford Anglia lands on Glenfinnan Viaduct, on the West Highland line between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland. There’s a regular diesel service, but if you want to cross the viaduct in a traditional steam locomotive, West Coast Railways run the Jacobite Steam Train during the summer season (May to October). The viaduct was also seen in WWII drama Charlotte Gray. Also in Scotland, the dramatic landscapes around Hogwarts were filmed in the area of Glencoe.

And, although most of the shots of Hogwarts are digitally created, some familiar locations are revisited for individual scenes. Harry and Ron's arrival at the school in the battered Ford Anglia is Alnwick Castle in Northumberland; and the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester once again become the corridors of the wizard school.

Similarly, Durham Cathedral appears again as Hogwarts quad, where Ron begins to regurgitate slugs after his spell backfires; and its Chapter House becomes the classroom in which Professor McGonagall teaches the young wizards to transform animals into water goblets, and reveals the story behind the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter location: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Harry Potter location: suspicion in the corridors of Hogwarts: the Cloisters, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

The cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, become the corridors of Hogwarts in which Harry finds “the Chamber of Secrets has been opened” written in blood on the wall.

There’s a return to Oxford University, too. Hermione researches the polyjuice potion in Duke Humfrey’s Library; and its on the staircase outside the University’s Great Hall that Harry in flashback sees the meeting between Dumbledore (Richard Harris) and Tom Riddle.

The hushed classroom, in which Harry becomes the object of suspicion after speaking parseltongue, is the Chapter House of Lacock Abbey (which you might remember from the previous film as the room in which Harry discovered the Mirror of Erised), and the corridor outside is the Abbey’s Cloister.

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