There aren’t many—if any—Harry Potter filming locations you can spend the night in. To vacation like the boy wizard, your best bet is a quick nap on “Hogwarts Express” (also known as the Jacobite Steam Train) on its way between Scotland’s Fort William and Mallaig. But don’t be disheartened just because there aren’t any official spots for you to embrace your inner Ron, Hermione, or Harry. Wittingly or not, a number of homeowners have created the perfect haven for Harry Potter book and film fans—from Hagrid’s groundskeeper home to an apartment within apparating distance of the Order of the Phoenix headquarters. Below, find a few of our favorites.
Sure, Hagrid’s bathroom on the Hogwarts grounds probably didn’t look this great (or clean for that matter), but we appreciate the upgrades the folks at North Shire have given to his home. (We doubt the Hogwarts groundskeeper could even fit in that copper bathtub.) From the outside, the two-bedroom house looks nearly identical to the friendly half-giant’s on-screen abode, albeit a little spruced up with stained-glass windows and no Hippogriff in site. The stone exterior, rustic wooden beams, and an eclectic smattering of pots and pans strung from the ceiling inside keep the magic alive for kids who want to share the home’s bunk bed. If your fellow travel companions prefer Gandalf to Dumbledore, never fear: the farm that Hagrid’s home sits on—located about 1.5 hours north of Leeds—also offers a hobbit-hole to rent.
North Shire owner Carol Cavendish knows that the recreated homes on her farm hold a special place in readers’ hearts: “[These books] got me through challenging times when I would turn to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books for pure escapism. That’s why it is so fantastic to create an environment where others can also leave behind everyday life and step into their favorite storybook,” she told the Daily Mail.
Book now: From $384/night, northshire.co.uk
It’s not often that themed decor is understated, but this Harry Potter-inspired apartment in Edinburgh’s Old Town manages to stay away from the kitsch. And this one-bedroom didn’t just catch our eye, it caught Airbnb’s too. The home, with its portrait wall (we can’t promise the subjects will move) and haunted forest bedroom, is listed as an Airbnb Plus, which means it’s been inspected for quality design and to make sure it meets an 100-point checklist, which includes a well-lit entry, easy check-in, comfortable mattresses, a coffee maker, a bathroom free of the host’s personal items.
Book now: From $117/night, airbnb.com
The perk of this two-bedroom apartment is its location: the exterior for 12 Grimmauld Place, home to the Order of the Phoenix and Sirius Black, was filmed just a block or so away on Claremont Square. In fact, the exterior to this very Airbnb Plus (approved on that same 100-point checklist as the Edinburgh apartment) is fairly similar to the Order’s headquarters. Inside, the light-filled home near King’s Cross station comes with its own back garden and puts the dark, dusty HP HQ to shame. Note: While you won’t have to battle any booby traps or house elves to enter, you will have to climb two flights of stairs.
Book now: From $500/night, airbnb.com
This castle is in western France, about four hours from Paris, far from Hogwarts’s setting in the Scottish Highlands. But between the eclectic, multi-leveled stone architecture and the domed bedroom with a wallpapered ceiling that looks nearly like the night sky, this is about as close to recreating the wizarding school as you can get without copious amounts of CGI. Wander through the Airbnb’s medieval gardens, enjoy dinner next to the dining room’s impressive fireplace, and trek down the home’s granite staircases to the dungeon. We can guarantee there will be no trolls.
Book now: From $448/night, airbnb.com
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