Photographer's Note

Some people don’t like my titles.
“This is not Hogwarts, this is Durham Castle!” – they would say.
“No Harry Potter movie was even filmed here!” – they would add.
“It’s not similar at all!” – they would argue.
Never mind them.

I am recently a bit into Harry Potter stories. My daughter, who is 7, reads them quite fast, she is at the fifth book. It is actually quite amazing. In Poland being that young, she would be in her fist school year. She would start to read and write. In the UK, she already reads thick books and she enjoys it. On the other hand, I remember that I was taught by my mother to read and write long before I went to school as well.

Any Harry Potter fan would be proud to live, like I do, in the North East England. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which was attended by Harry Potter is a fictional place, but for the movie filming purposes, it is amalgam of several locations. Two big chunks are in the North East England. Alnwick Castle is probably the most notable one. I have showed it here already. The other one is Durham Cathedral. If you closely inspect Hogwarts School building, you will see that it has two symmetrical towers, which strikingly resemble Durham Cathedral. They just have added turrets on top to make them look slightly different. Indeed a lot of Harry Potter scenes were recorded in or around Durham Cathedral. Across a lovely square from Durham Cathedral you can admire a charming Durham Castle which currently houses Durham University. I have heard it is one of the best universities in the country.

These two weeks there is an event across England called Heritage Open Days. Many places normally closed are open or those with the paid entry are free to visit. Last Sunday, in spite of a dreadful weather I visited this charming castle.

This photo presents Bishop Bek's Great Hall of Durham Castle, where students and staff of the college eat their meals.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7255 W: 106 N: 19125] (73316)
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