Some of you may not know this, but I am a Harry Potter superfan! I have read all of the books at least 10 times each, I’ve seen all of the movies and I am undefeated in Harry Potter Scene-It amongst my friends. So, it seems only fitting that, while I both celebrate the final Harry Potter movie and mourn the loss of new Harry Potter things to look forward to (until Ms. Rowling releases the encyclopedia), I should theme today’s Friday Fantasy according to another of my loves, besides Ash, Preservation and Rainbow Brite.
Obviously there isn’t actually a castle with moving staircases and rooms of requirement, but the Hogwarts we see in the movie (pictured below they way a 1st year would see it) that we all know and love was still based on a real castle. Alnwick Castle to be exact (please note there are a few other buildings used in the filming but I am narrowing it down to one for Friday Fantasy purposes) North West view of Alnwick pictured second below.
Alnwick Castle was first constructed in 1096 to guard against Scottish invasion. Through the years it has been expanded multiple times. Today, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England, and the Percy family (heirs to the title of Duke of Northumberland) have lived there since the 1300’s.
There are many great things about Alnwick castle other than its Harry Potter connection. One of those things, in my opinion, is the gardens at Alnwick, and more importantly, their Tree House! It’s the largest in the world.
Alnwick has a good website that you can learn about the gardens and the history of this great castle, but if you can’t get to England you can always visit Hogwarts and enjoy a Butterbeer in Hogsmead in the US by visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando seen below.
Whichever one you get to, enjoy the Magic!