Harry Potter superfan finds exact location of Hogwarts after scouring books for clues

Rhys B Davies, 35, began work on the project when he spotted co-author Matt Brown mapping fictional locations in Britain online. Author JK Rowling never revealed the exact location of the school

Rhys B Davies

A Harry Potter superfan has discovered the secret location of Hogwarts after searching for clues.

Rhys B Davies has gone on a mission to uncover the secret location of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft.

Author JK Rowling has never revealed the exact location of the school. So Rhys decided to look for clues in Harry Potter books, films and plays.

He says the film series places Hogwarts in the West Highlands but “the books tell a different story.”

Rhys, 35, from Aberystwyth, central Wales, said: ‘We have a rough idea of ​​when Hogwarts got its rail connection, meaning we were able to check out the maps of the paths iron and see which lines were open at that time.







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“We know it’s near Dufftown – Moray, Scotland – because Sirius Black passes there on his way to Hogwarts from London.

“Most importantly, in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry’s son is able to walk from Hogwarts to Aviemore in less than a night.

“So the result appears to be that Hogwarts is within walking distance of Aviemore. So it’s not in the West Highlands. It’s in the Grampians.”

Rhys began work on the project when he spotted co-author Matt Brown mapping fictional locations in Britain online.

The duo have joined forces to create a book called Atlas of Imagined Places: from Lilliput to Gotham City – featuring 5,000 locations from films, TV and fictional books.

Rhys said: “Matt called the Fake Britain project and asked people to contact him with suggestions for inclusion.







Rhys B Davies, wanted to find the secret place of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
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“I stumbled across this and was so excited to send in ideas and suggestions for fictional places that it took me on as a co-creator.

“We did the research by scouring the internet and looking for books. I then compiled a master spreadsheet and Matt sketched out maps and put locations in it.”

The book includes some interesting finds including George Orwell’s Animal Farm located right next to the 100-acre Winnie the Pooh Woods.

Rhys says his love of film and literature was sparked growing up in the ’90s with Saturday morning cartoons, blockbuster movies, and children’s books.

Rhys and Matt are now continuing the project by mapping new locations for a second edition.

The book is on sale now and includes vintage style cards from illustrator Mike Hall.

Rhys added: “I think Mike has done brilliantly with the cards and there is a feeling that he has created something of value here – something that people will appreciate.”

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