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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire | 2005

Harry Potter location: Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Oxford
Harry Potter location: Ron Weasley learns to waltz: Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Oxford

The fourth in the Harry Potter franchise takes an even darker turn, though die-hard fans were unhappy with the way much of the book’s plot and complexity were jettisoned.

The woods through which Harry and the Weasleys tramp as they set out for the Quidditch World Cup, and where they meet Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) and his father, is Ashridge Woods, on the Ashridge Estate between Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury in Hertfordshire.

Also on the estate, owned by the National Trust, is the hill on which the ‘manky old boot’, which is actually the Portkey, is found. It’s Beacon Hill in the Ivinghoe Hills near Berkhamsted.

They’re immediately whisked away to the coast, overlooking the spectacular white cliffs known as Seven Sisters, between Seaford and Eastbourne in East Sussex. The Glastonbury-like campground, though, was filmed back at the studio in Leavesden.

Not many of the previous locations are used though, once again, Hogwarts Express chuffs over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland en route to the wizard school.

Lakeside scenes, with Hermione having to convey messages between Harry and Ron, and where, later, Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) confronts Barty Crouch Sr, are filmed between the Cascade and the Roman ruins on the shore of Virginia Water in Surrey. The cascade, by the way, is the little waterfall used for the Princes' duet in Rob Marshall's 2014 film of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods.

The wood in which Hagrid shows harry the dragons in their crates before the first challenge, is Black Park, a popular location alongside Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The forest provided the spooky backdrop for many a Hammer horror film.

Hogwarts this time, when it’s not constructed in the studio, is in Oxford. The corridors where everyone seems to be sporting ‘Potter stinks’ badges, and the quad in which Mad-Eye Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret, are the cloisters of New College, Holywell Street. It’s in the richly-vaulted Divinity School of Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Library (which was ‘Hogwarts infirmary’ in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) that Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) teaches a deeply embarrassed Ron to waltz ready for the Yule Ball.

Up in Scotland, the first challenge of the Tri-Wizard Tournament is set against the dramatic landscape around Steall Falls at Glen Nevis. Harry is chased into the spectacular gorge at Black Rock Gorge, Evanton, about 15 miles north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.