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Bodleian Library

England: Harry PotterBodleian Library: Hogwarts Library and Infirmary

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Housing over 12 million printed items, the Bodleian Library - the main research library at the University of Oxford - is the second-biggest library in Britain (after the British Library in London). It opened its doors in 1602 and is still used today by students and scholars.

The administration has a film-friendly attitude and provides access to a number of locations for filming. Apart from Harry Potter, other productions shot at Bodleian include several episodes of Endeavour (2012-2016), X-Men: First Class (2011), The Golden Compass (2007), Pocahontas: The New World (2005) and several episodes of Inspector Morse (1987-2000).

 

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The Bodleian Library features in three Harry Potter movies: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

One of the medieval reading rooms at the Bodleian, known as Duke Humfrey's Library stood in as the Hogwarts library (see main image above), while the nearby Divinity School (attached to the Bodleian Library) with its intricate vaulted ceiling was used as the Hogwarts infirmary.

The Divinity School stood in for the Hogwarts infirmary.

The Divinity School stood in for the Hogwarts infirmary.

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