8 Harry Potter links to Surrey that show it’s the true home of series

It has been almost 20 years since the first Harry Potter film was released, but the magic is far from dying out for fans across the globe.

Despite being predominately set in the magical wizarding world of Hogwarts, Surrey remains at heart of the adventure, and we think there may be evidence to claim the county as the true home of series.

Surrey’s links include the films featuring an array of local actors and scenes being filmed in the area, as well the county playing a key role in Harry’s childhood.

SurreyLive has explored the various links between Surrey and Harry Potter – with some more apparent than others.

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Harry Potter grew up in a Surrey town – but where?

The set of 4 Privet Drive, on display to visitors at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour
(Image: Warner Bros.)

Little Winging and the iconic house where Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon begrudgingly brought up Harry Potter is in Surrey.

The fictional town, created by author JK Rowling, is where Harry lives and sleeps in a cupboard under the stairs.

SurreyLive has previously looked at the possible locations in Surrey that the town could be, based on the various clues across the seven books.

Draco Malfoy in Dorking

Tom Felton at Dorking Domestic Appliances with his mum Sharon Felton.
(Image: UGC TMS/Dorking Domestic Appliances)

Every Harry Potter fan will know this face. It’s Draco Malfoy, aka Tom Felton.

The villain of the series, but all-round nice guy in real life, spent part of his school days at Howard of Effingham School.

He was a member of four school choirs in his childhood and was even given the chance to be part of the Guildford Cathedral Choir.

He has previously been spotted in Dorking Domestic Appliances, helping out his mum when the wizard used his magic touch at the popular business.

The Battle of Seven Potters was fought over the county

The Battle of the Seven Potters, an aerial battle of the Second Wizarding War – took place above Little Whinging in Surrey.

The battle on July 27, 1997, featured several members of the Order of the Phoenix, who took Polyjuice Potion to resemble Harry Potter, who were ambushed by Death Eaters while removing Harry Potter from the home of his relatives.

It was one of many attempts on Harry Potter’s life by Tom Marvolo Riddle (Lord Voldemort). The Order managed to get Harry to safety, but suffered the loss of their leader, Alastor Moody, and Harry’s owl, Hedwig, according to website Hogwarts is Here.

Professor Filius Flitwick was born in Epsom

Warwick Davis at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre
(Image: SurreyLive/Grahame Larter)

Warwick Davis, 51, played Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films and appeared in all film adaptations, expect Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Born in Epsom, Davis, who has a rare form of dwarfism, attended both City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead and Chinthurst School in Tadworth.

Warwick continues to have many links to Surrey, including performing, writing and directing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Woking’s New Victoria Theatre pantomime in 2016.

Filming locations in Surrey

Harry and Ron lurking behind a tree in Farnham
(Image: Jaap Buitendijk)

Thanks to Surrey’s connections to the film industry and its beautiful scenery, lots of the scenes in the series were filmed in the county, with others shot in surrounding areas.

Bourne Woods, between Farnham and Tilford, is where the chase scene in the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was shot. After taking such care with their protective enchantments as they camp out in the woods throughout the film, Harry, Ron and Hermione are rumbled by the ‘snatchers’,

Some woodland scenes from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince were also filmed in the woods, which are managed by the Forestry Commission.

It was at the edge of Virginia Water Lake that Daniel Radcliffe shot the scene where dozens of dementors swoop down on Harry and try to perform their not-so-romantic kiss in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Part of the scene involving Buckbeak by a lake, in the same film, was shot here too.

Rufus Scrimgeour attended a Guildford drama school

Award-winning British actor Bill Nighy, who plays Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, was born in Caterham in 1949.

He played a British wizard who was a powerful ranking official in the Ministry of Magic.

One of Bill’s first jobs was working for The Croydon Advertiser as a messenger boy. He also attended the Guildford School of Acting to train for stage and film.

Neville Longbottom drinks in Guildford

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis at The Stoke Pub, Guildford
(Image: The Stoke, Guildford)

Matthew Lewis, best known for playing fan favourite wizard Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, has previously stopped for drinks at a Guildford pub.

Matthew starred in all eight Harry Potter films, the second-highest grossing film series in the world, but enjoyed interacting with fans at The Stoke in Guildford.

He has also starred in television dramas, playing Jamie Bradley in The Syndicate and Sean Balmforth in BBC crime drama Happy Valley.

A Harry Potter prop designer has a studio in Surrey

Graeme Lougher, who made items for the Harry Potter films, has worked across Surrey including having a workshop in Cranleigh.

He honed his craft at Shepperton Studios and worked on Harry Potter background props.

The sculptor with years of experience in sculpture, moulding and casting, said in 2015: “I started working for a theme park in 1992 building models, and then from there I went to work at Shepperton Studios working a little on things like Red Dwarf, Father Ted, and creating background props on Harry Potter.”

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