Harry Potter filming locations: visit the real-life Godric’s Hollow and one of the most beautiful small towns in Britain!
“He was about to go home, about to return to the place where he had had a family. It was in Godric’s Hollow that, but for Voldemort, he would have grown up and spent every school holiday. He could have invited friends to his house. . . . He might even have had brothers and sisters. . . . It would have been his mother who had made his seventeenth birthday cake. The life he had lost had hardly ever seemed so real to him as at this moment, when he knew he was about to see the place where it had been taken from him.” [Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]
Godric’s Hollow is a fictional village in England featured in the books and film series as the birthplace of both Harry Potter and his wizarding headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.
Although Godric’s Hollow is fictional, it was based on a real place – Lavenham in Suffolk. Described by The Guardian as ‘one of the most beautiful small towns in Britain’, it was chosen as the location for scenes in Godric’s Hollow.
I am a massive Harry Potter fan and I have already attended ‘The making of Harry Potter’ Warner Bros Studio Tour in Watford, visited Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in both Orlando and Los Angeles.
As I don’t live far from Lavenham, it was time to pay a visit and check out this famous location.
The Guildhall and De Vere house were both used as CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) backdrops in Godric’s Hollow in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’.
The more famous of the two, grade 1-listed De Vere House is a 14th-century cottage once owned by Britain’s second to the royal family in terms of wealth and very powerful De Vere family.
But its fame comes from modern fiction as this was the place where Harry Potter was born, where Lord Voldemort killed his parents, gave him his famous scar and at the same time inadvertently made him a horcrux.
De Vere House is the second most photographed doorway in the whole of the UK, after number 10 Downing Street!
Lavenham is often referred to as ‘England’s finest medieval village’ and not without reason.
Full of half-timbered and colorful medieval cottages, Lavenham is a truly magical place and I felt like I was really walking through Godric’s Hollow. I must say it’s the most beautiful village in the UK that I have visited so far.
It must be magical as although it’s in the UK, there was a clear blue sky and glorious sunshine. Have a look at my pictures below; this place really exists!
The Harry Potter books and films have always had a special place in my heart. They teach us about some of the most important values in life – friendship, loyalty, love, equality, and that “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” [Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]
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