The colliding worlds of “Harry Potter” and “Downton Abbey”!

Sometimes the Potter world and projects that Harry Potter alumni are involved with collide in the strangest of ways. Alnwick Castle in Nothumberland, England, has become well known for doubling for Hogwarts and the background of the Quidditch lessons in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Now, Downton Abbey, starring Dame Maggie Smith (Professer McGonagall) is taking over the Castle for some of its own filming.

The Castle website states,

Please note that various areas of Alnwick Castle will be closed or have limited access on July 28–August 8 (inclusive) due to the filming of a major ITV period drama.
Please note that some of the State Rooms may be dressed for filming while open to the public on those days.
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Find out more details about the filming here.

Aside from Harry Potter, the Castle has also been used for countless other films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Elizabeth.

If you’re planning on visiting Alnwick Castle in the near future, then make sure you check out their Quidditch lessons, as well as other Potter features they run! And if you’re feeling nostalgic, why don’t you check out MuggleNet’s Roadtrip Wednesday posts from last year, where Kat, Caleb, and Alexandra visited Alnwick Castle, among many other Potter filming sites!

Have you visited Alnwick Castle? Or are you planning to this summer? Let us know!


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  • Alnwickist

    Yay! A great deal of excitement here in Alnwick – they’re filming just round the corner from me in Bailiffgate.

    Lots of the cast and crew are hanging out with the locals, and the town has what feels like *squillions* of Americans who seem to have rushed up to try and catch some of the filming.

    Our local paper – The Northumberland Gazette – has lots of pictures and film clips on their website, including of the Castle entrance (just below where Neville hung from one of the turrets soldiers during broomstick training in HP1).

    It seems the Castle entrance is being used to represent HMP [Her Majesty’s Prison] York – and Lady Mary is seen driving up to the entrance and going in.

    Funny seeing snow billowing around Alnwick in August!

    Any Mugglenetters ever in Alnwick, call into Bari Tea Brewery in Narrowgate in the Castle Quarter and say hello!

    • Sophie

      Thanks for the fantastic comment and update – I can imagine that it must be very exciting, and very strange too to see snow in the middle of the summer! I’d love to visit the castle some day, so I’ll make sure to pop in!