Welcome to the fifth post in our journey through Harry Potter’s England. See the complete list of other Harry Potter travel posts at the end of this post.
Next up on our journey? Gloucester Cathedral, home to several notable scenes from three Harry Potter movies. So come along and explore a spectacular cathedral that has stood the test of time, and even had a few magicals roaming it’s esteemed cloisters and hallways.
Gloucester Cathedral & Halls of Hogwarts
Wander along Gloucester Cathedral’s majestic cloisters and you’ll find yourself wandering through the halls of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll see lots of familiar sites as you meander through the cloisters – these very passages also served as the backdrop for quite a few notable Hogwarts scenes, including:
1. The newest Gryffindors arrive! Harry, Hermoine and Ron walked along these cloisters on their way to Gryffindor House their first night in Hogwarts. You know, just after the Sorting Hat tells them they are each in Gryffindor House.
Hey, is that a new Hogwarts student about to enter Gryffindor House? No, it’s just my little muggle – wishing he could enter!
2. The Fat Lady sang here! See if you can figure out just where the Fat Lady’s picture hung at the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room. It’s along these walls somewhere!
3. Gone troll a’hunting! Imagine turning the corner and seeing the Troll barrelling down the hall, swinging his club, as Harry and Ron did. Look down the hall, towards that window. Do you see it? That’s the door to the girl’s bathroom, where Moaning Myrtle hung out.
4. Don’t miss the Lavaratorium. That’s where the monks used to wash their hands. It’s also where Harry and Ron hid from the troll.
5. Petrified cats and spiders on the move, oh my! Find the corner where Mr. Filtch’s pesky cat was found petrified. And who can forget those spiders, emerging from the same corner and crawling out through the window. I’m getting the creepy crawlies just thinking about it!
And there’s more. Remember those messages written in blood – The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir beware. Yep, here too. Though you won’t see any blood. Thankfully.
Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape, and Lockhart all passed through the same corner. So did Filch and Madame Sprout, Ron Weasley and of course, Harry too. Yep – guess the film crew really liked this corner.
6. Beware the flood! Remember the flood from the girls’ bathroom? Just look down the corridor for the red doors. See it now? Imagine all that water flowing out of the doors. Bet that took a bit of film crew magic to “flood” the halls of this ancient cathedral.
7. Recognize this carving? Look closely at this carved head – you’ve seen him before. It’s in the scene when the school hears there’s a troll on the loose, and Harry and Ron realize Hermoine is in danger. Yep – this dude is “hanging out” behind Ron and Harry. Guess you could say he “photo-bombed” that scene!
The muggles in this neighborhood know him as Dean Kenneth Jennings.
A Little Gloucester Cathedral History
Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years, with the abbey’s original foundation dating back to 678 or 679. The current foundation was begun in 1104, and was originally built as an abbey church.
Though you won’t see any Harry Potter ghosts like Moaning Myrtle or Nearly Headless Nick while walking the cathedral’s corridors, it is said that the ancient wooden door that leads down to the crypt is haunted by monks from the old Gloucester monastery. Ok, that’s spooky. But definitely worth a visit!
Visiting Gloucester Cathedral
Please plan your Gloucester Cathedral visit accordingly. Gloucester Cathedral is still an active place of worship so it is advised that you check the Services page for times of worship and the Visitor Information page for up-to-date details.
Everyone is welcome at Gloucester Cathedral, and there’s no formal charge for admission, though you are asked to make a small donation towards maintaining this incredible, historical cathedral. And if you do plan to take photographs, you are required to purchase a photography permit.
The town of Gloucester is is in the south west region of England, close to the Welsh border, about 32 miles from Bristol and 45 miles from Birmingham.
The Journey Continues To …. Oxford University
Next up on our journey through Harry Potter’s England is Oxford – It’s More Than Hogwarts Dining Hall! Don’t miss the entire series about our journey through Harry Potter’s England:
- A Muggle’s Exploration of Harry Potter’s England
- Alnwick Castle – Quidditch Anyone?
- A Muggle’s View of Harry Potter’s London
- Lacock Abbey – Inside A Hogwart’s Classroom
- Oxford – It’s More Than Hogwarts Dining Hall
- Plan Your Own Trip To Harry Potter’s England
Have you been to Gloucester Cathedral and the city of Gloucester? What did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the Comments section below.
It’s July and I’m on vacation. But don’t take a vacation from my blog! I will continue to post through-out the month. Don’t forget to also leave a Comment. I might be delayed in answering them, but I will get right on that when I return from my travels. I promise.
Images from C.Biederman, Warner Brothers (Chamber of Secrets) and Wikipedia (Gloucester Cathedral England).