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  1. Experience the wonderful world of Harry Potter

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    Experience the wonderful world of Harry Potter

    Nov122010

    To celebrate the next eagerly awaited Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, we’ve put together a list of some of the locations where this blockbuster motion picture, which is sure to be a smash hit, was filmed.

    Diehard fans of Harry, Ron and Hermione can follow in the spellbinding footsteps that led to their astonishing adventures by visiting the places where the stars brought these characters to life.

    With this range of affordable accommodation available on Hostelworld.com, any Harry Potter fan can have the perfect base from which to explore these enchanting settings whilst delving into the magic of the Harry Potter legacy.

    King’s Cross, London

    King’s Cross is on the doorstep of London’s trendy Islington and Angel districts, and is just a stone’s throw from the City of London. And it’s at King’s Cross train station where Harry Potter extremists can attempt to walk through the wall to platform 9 ¾ where its most famous train, the Hogwarts Express, departs. It’s also here that Ron scandalously stole his father's flying car in the second instalment.

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    Reading, Berkshire

    Located in Berkshire, Swinley Forest is the location for some of the scenes from the latest film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Country strolls through the stunning woods are a must as visitors are able to locate where Ron chased a rabbit through the forest, as well as exploring the area in which the spirit of the Dark Lord along with his twenty Death Eaters flew through the trees scattering their evil curses.

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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales

    **SPOILER ALTERT**

    South Wales is famous for its mountainous rugged landscapes, national parks and clean beaches. Harry Potter fans will be thrilled to learn that the huge and remote Freshwater West beach was used to film several of the scenes in the latest film. This was the area where Harry, Hermione and Ron undertook the burial of Dobby the house elf and where several scenes featuring the Death Eater, Bellatrix were also shot. Aficionados might also be able to spot the remnants of the Shell House, which was specially constructed on location from large scallop shells.

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    Fort William, Scotland

    The Glenfinnan Viaduct near Fort William, seen in the flying car sequence in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is crossed by the Mallaig to Fort William railway line which is also the track used to transport Harry and his pals to Hogwarts. This stunning backdrop is the ideal opportunity to relive the amazing movie moment when you set your eyes on the impressive 1000 foot viaduct spanning the valley across twenty one huge arch supports. Fort William and the wider Ben Nevis area were also used in the Harry Potter films as the background landscape for the Quidditch scenes. Steall Falls is nearby, as well as the waterfall at the base of the mountain where Harry's battle with the dragon took place.

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    Orlando, Florida

    Opened in the summer of 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios is vying with Disney World as the city’s number one attraction. Here visitors can jump on thrill rides such as the Dragon Challenge and the Flight of the Hippogriff, as well as go shopping in the village of Hogsmeade and buy magic wands at the famous Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

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