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Friday, 6 October 2017

5 Memorable Places from Children's Films

Film locations you can visit

Many children's films include wondrous and inspiring places for characters to explore, and many of these places have real-world counterparts you can actually visit! In this week's blog post, we take a look at 5 amazing locations you'll know from the movies - read on for enchanting lands and incredible places!

1. Christ Church College and Cathedral, Oxford; Gloucester Cathedral; Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire; Bodleian Library, Oxford University; Fourth Form Room of Harrow Old Schools, Greater London; and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. These landmarks all became the "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" in the Harry Potter films. Not only that, but much of Christ Church College and Durham Cathedral's architecture inspired the design of Hogwarts at Leavesden Studios.

2. Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada. This Hotel was visited by Disney's Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee while they were designing Else'a Ice Palace. It's an incredible structure where you can sleep on a real ice bed, sit on ice benches, and see amazing ice sculptures (there's even one of Olaf).

3. Tavern on the Green, Central Park, New York, USA. A recently re-opened iconic tavern that is known to children as the memorable restaurant from "Mr Popper's Penguins".

4. Mayan temple ruins, Tikal National Park, Guatemala. These ruins were used as The Massassi Outpost in the original Star Wars film. Director George Lucas chose them after seeing a photo at a travel agency.

5. Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley, France. This stunning castle inspired the Beast's home in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Bonus: Teacher Kyle Hubler changed his classroom into a real-life Hogwarts. It was a wonderful surprise for his 7th and 8th grade students who showed up for their first day back at school to be greeted by wands, costumes and Hogwartsian furniture!

Bonus: Here's a fun project - search the web for the places used in your favourite children's film! Maybe you can visit one of them!

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