Monday, 25 February 2013

Gloucester Cathedral & Harry Potter Film Location

Again I've never been to Gloucester either so was very happy to have a trip here, I love visiting new places! The first place we headed for was the Cathedral, it was a very impressive building. It has been a place of Christian worship for over 1300 years. I should add that I'm not religious but I do love religious buildings and I'm pretty open-minded towards religion, I find churches very peaceful places.

The altar and beautiful stained glass windows.

We were very fortunate as we entered the church that one of the volunteers offered to show us where scenes of the Harry Potter films were shot! We had no idea that the cathedral had been used in the films and needless to say this perked up the children, who to be honest, were a little bored, not sharing hubby and I's passion for architecture :-(

As the lady was a huge fan of Harry Potter too she was really enthusiastic as she explained how they managed to make parts of the cathedral look like Hogwart's. There was quite a lot of work involved as they had to cover up the stained glass windows and gravestones on the floors. In one part of the cathedral they had to flood the floor for a scene in the film "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets". She also said the local school children were used as part of Hogwart's-which must have been very exciting!

Above. Harry and Ron hid behind these arches whilst overhearing a conversation between Malfoy and Snape.

The centre of the cathedral, a really peaceful spot

Piper standing in the doorway where the Fat Lady's painting was, which was the door to the Griffindor Common Room

Piper walking down the corridor used for Hogwart's

Piper was really excited!

Would highly recommend a visit for Potter fans :)

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