I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise and every time I watch the movies I’m in totals wonder of how they made everything.
For those unfamiliar with the Harry Potter films, “The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” is a fictional British school of magic that serves as the principal location. Much of the action in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series takes place at Hogwarts Castle (1997-2007). The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is reported to be located in the Scottish Highlands on a rocky outcrop surrounded by mountains and a gorgeous lake1. The architecture of Hogwarts is real, despite its magical nature (moving staircases and rooms that switch places). Even though it was never built, the massive edifice is an architectural marvel.
Hogwarts’ style is known as Medieval Gothic, but it is actually a blend of various styles, including Norman Romanesque, Gothic, and Gothic Revival. Durham Cathedral and Castle served as inspiration for Hogwarts School. Both Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle were constructed as threatening symbols of the new Norman king’s (William the Conqueror’s) supremacy. They are almost totally surrounded by the River Wear.