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


Rhys B Davies, 35, started working on the project when he spotted co-author Matt Brown was mapping Britain’s fictional places online. Author JK Rowling never actually revealed the exact location of the school

Rhys B Davies
Rhys B Davies

A Harry Potter superfan has uncovered the secret spot of Hogwarts after scouring for clues.

Rhys B Davies went on a mission to uncover the secret spot of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Author JK Rowling never actually revealed the exact location of the school- so Rhys decided to search the Harry Potter books, films and plays for clues.

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

Rhys, 35, of Aberystwyth, Mid Wales, said: “We’ve got a rough idea of when Hogwarts got its railway connection, which meant we were able to look at railway maps and see what lines were open by that period.

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

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

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

Rhys started working on the project when he spotted co-author Matt Brown was mapping Britain’s fictional places online.

The pair joined forces to create a book called the Atlas of Imagined Places: from Lilliput to Gotham City – with 5,000 fictional film, TV and book locations.

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

Rhys B Davies, wanted to uncover the secret spot of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
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“I stumbled across this and I got so enthusiastic sending in ideas and suggestions of fictional places that he took me on as co-creator.

“We did the research by trawling through the internet and looking for books. I would then compile a master spreadsheet and Matt would do rough sketch maps and put locations down on it.”

The book includes interesting discoveries including George Orwell’s Animal Farm being located right next to Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood.

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

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

The book is on sale now and includes vintage-style maps by illustrator Mike Hall.

Rhys added: “I think Mike did brilliantly with the maps and there’s a sense of having created something of value here – something that people will enjoy.”

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