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Durham Cathedral

England: Harry PotterDurham Cathedral: Prof. McGonagall's Classroom

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Over 1000 years in the making, Durham Cathedral in the city of Durham, England is one of the country's great buildings and a World Heritage site. It houses the shrine of St. Cuthbert and is a focal point for pilgrims in North East England.

Durham Cathedral Church

Durham Cathedral Church

The picturesque city lies on the banks of the River Weir and also boasts a castle, home to Durham University since 1832. The main sites to visit are the Cathedral Church and the Cloister, from which the Undercroft Restaurant and the Cathedral Shop can be accessed.

Entry to the Cathedral Church and the Cloister is free. More information about the cathedral can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

Key Scenes

The cathedral features in several scenes in two Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The stunning Chapter House, where the daily business of the monastry was undertaken, was used as Professor McGonagall's class room. Here she teaches the second year wizards to turn animals into water goblets:


"Could I have your attention please? Right, now, today, we will be transforming animals into water goblets. Like so. One, two, three. Vera Verto." - Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

"Could I have your attention please? Right, now, today, we will be transforming animals into water goblets. Like so. One, two, three. Vera Verto." - Professor McGonagall, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the cathedral's cloister features as the snow-covered quadrangle where Harry releases Hedwig the owl.

In a different scene in the cloister, Ron Weasely falls victim to his own slug vomiting curse  in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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