Lacock & Lacock Abbey 


lacockabbeyLacock is a small English town in Wiltshire with a population of about one thousand people. The most important building of the village is the abbey from 1232. In the town and the abbey many scenes where shot.


The village and the abbey appeared in the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets and the Half-Blood Prince and the filming was done in February 2001, February 2002 and October 2007 respectively.

The village itself was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086. The town is located near the road from London to the river Avon from where international trading via Bristol was possible.

The abbey and estate were sold to William Sharington for only £783 in 1540. You may not compare this price with today’s currencies because the values changed a lot over the years. Later the abbey passed to the Talbot family. They are known because of William Henry Fox Talbot who invented the negative/positive photographic process. To honour him there is a museum in the abbey.


Lacock is ideal for filming on a historic location. Most of today buildings are from the 18th century or later. Some of them can be dated back into the 14th century. The National Trust is managing the building the town remains in his historic appearance. You won’t find overhead cables, satellite dishes or even yellow road lines.


Appearance in the films


In the very first film “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” the cloisters appear in the scene where Harry sneaks into the library and is nearly caught by Mrs. Norris.




The warming house of the abbey is known as the class room of Prof. Quirrell’s “Defense Against the Dark Arts” class.




Although you can see a cauldron in this scene Prof. Snape’s class is located in the adjacent sacristy. 

DThe chapter house of the abbey is not only the class room of Prof. McGonagall but also the room where Harry nearly loses himself to the mirror of Erised.






Of course the chapter house also appears in the next film “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.




DThe muggle house of Horace Slughorn is also in Lacock and the film crew shot during three nights here. When Harry and Dumbledore walk down the street in Lacock they are actually walking in the wrong direction because the house is located to their back but they are walking to the house where Harrys parents died.








For those of you who cannot wait till next month I recommend you this book: Harry Potter on Location: An Unofficial Review and Guide to the Locations Used for the Entire Film Series“ by J. P. Sperati. You can buy it from Amazon.

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