Is Hogwarts Based on a True Story?
The magical world of Hogwarts, the setting of the beloved Harry Potter series, has captured the hearts of millions of readers and moviegoers around the world. But is Hogwarts based on a true story? The answer is no, Hogwarts is not based on a real place.
The Hogwarts we know and love is a fictional castle created by author J.K. Rowling. Rowling drew inspiration from a variety of sources when creating Hogwarts, including Scottish castles and cathedrals, as well as her own imagination.
But while Hogwarts Castle isn’t real, the Hogwarts that we have grown to love through inhaling the films IS a place that we desperate fan-people can visit… in one way or another.
For those who can’t make it to Scotland, the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London is the closest thing to a real-life Hogwarts experience. The tour takes visitors through the actual sets used in the films, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and Hagrid’s hut. The tour also features props, costumes, and other artifacts from the films.
For those who want to visit a real castle, there are several locations in Scotland that inspired the Hogwarts castle. Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England was used for exterior shots of Hogwarts in the first two films. Other castles that may have inspired Rowling include Doune Castle in Scotland, and Durham Cathedral in England.
So while Hogwarts isn’t based on a true story, fans of the Harry Potter series can still experience the magic of the wizarding world by visiting the locations that inspired it. On August 17, 2022, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood, offering fans the ultimate Hogwarts experience. Until then, there are plenty of ways to get your Hogwarts fix.