Monday, 21 March 2016

A to Z Blog Challenge - Theme Reveal


Today is the theme reveal for the A to Z Blog Challenge.

My theme is "Filming Locations of the Harry Potter Movies".

In 2011-2013 I lived and worked in the United Kingdom.  I wanted to travel and see as much of the country as I could, however I didn't know where to start.  Then my mother bought me a ticket to a walking tour of London, based on the Harry Potter filming locations.  This set the idea in motion, and I decided that I would base my travels around the UK on these 8 movies.  I knew they'd been filmed in a variety of locations and a travel theme would give purpose and direction to my exploring, as well as motivate me to get out there and see the place!

The filming locations of Harry Potter - I don't think I'll get all of them into the 26 days
Over the two years, I managed to visit just about every filming location I could find out about.  There were a couple of places that were too out of the way, too random, or closed for too much of the year, however I think I did a pretty good job of covering them.  I relied heavily on blogs and books for information.  Since the release of the extra-special-extended-editions of the movies, and a couple of official behind-the-scenes books, I've been pretty pleased to discover how accurate my travels (and sources) were, although I have found one or two discrepancies!

For those interested, the books I used were Harry Potter On Location and the Harry Potter Places series.

Over the month's challenge, I'm going to talk about a different place each day, linked (however tenuously) to the letter of the alphabet.  More importantly, I'm going to share my photos and screenshots so you can see the location's link for yourself.

A side note: because I am from Australia, and travelled in the UK, I will be referring to the first film by its proper name "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and not by the altered title it was given for the American release.

I'm also going to be writing a second blog over at Fangirl Stitches, which is linked to my Etsy store of the same name.  Over there I'm going to be stitching not one but two of the cross stitch alphabets available from my store.  If you're into craft, geekiness, or geeky crafts, please drop by!

Happy travels

Ros

24 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to these posts! It's been a dream of mind to visit the UK and to go on a Harry Potter tour of the filming locations is right up my alley!

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully I can inspire your future travels :)

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  2. Such a fun theme! I can't wait!!! :)

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    1. Thanks :) I'm looking forward to sharing my travels

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    2. Need to be aware of which account I'm signed in as! Both the one above and this one are me.

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  3. Soooooooooooooooo excited :D
    Have bookmarked your blog now!
    - Saraallie
    www.saraallie.blogspot.com

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    1. Need to be aware of which account I'm signed in as! Both the one above and this one are me.

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  4. So. Much. Magical. Awesomeness! *books Hogwarts Express tickets*

    AtoZ Theme Reveal_EOS
    #TeamDamyanti

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    1. Hahaha thanks! Leaving from platform 9 3/4 on 1 April.

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  5. That is a seriously neat theme! Harry Potter fan in the house here, so...I think I'm going to apparate into this blog quite regularly during April :)

    All the very best for a wonderful A-Z

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thanks Nilanjana :) Looking forward to having you visit

      Ros
      Fangirl Stitches
      Travel like a Geek

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  6. I love Harry Potter, this theme is great :) I hope you enjoyed your tour!
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I had a fantastic time finding all the locations, and am looking forward to sharing them :)

      Ros
      Fangirl Stitches
      Travel like a Geek

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  7. Cute theme! This is my 4th year with the challenge and never saw such a theme before. People have done themes of characters from the Harry Potter movies, but never where they were filmed! It is amazing too when you start working out the letters what you can come up with for the different letters. One year I did the challenge with things we saw on our walks with our then corgi which was just about a mile to mile and a half walk around an ocean area in the San Diego area. It was amazing I could come up with all 26 letters in such a short area; just always carried my camera with me :)

    have a fun challenge!

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/2016/03/its-that-time-again.html

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    1. Thanks Betty :) It's one I've wanted to write for a bit, and I've finally got the chance/time/motivation! Glad to hear it is something different. Love your idea of completing the challenge on your walks :)

      Have fun

      Fangirl Stitches
      Travel like a Geek

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  8. Ah this is so imaginative and geekily awesome! I love Harry.
    Can't wait to see.

    Jazminn
    Under Jazminn Skyes

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  9. What a fun theme! All of the locations on my to visit bucket list have connections to movies, books, or both. :)

    JEN
    Lexical Creations

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  10. Can't wait to see your AtoZChallenge, it sounds amazing, I am truly on tenderhooks to find all these places and then hopefully I'll be able to go to them all. I know I've already been to quite a few. I'm blogging blessings at http://llmcalling.blogspot.com and also poems about MS at http://mscalling.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-to-z-of-ms.html

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  11. Sounds like a great theme! Looking forward to following in the A to Z of it! Catch mine if you can, www.ASmile4ufromJanet.blogspot.com for a trip through Music A to Z.

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  12. Whoa! I had no idea there were so many filming sites! We are living in Norfolk UK at the moment and was excited to go to Lavenham to see the Grange Hall there and the building *sort of* used for the Potter home. Maybe we can get to some of these other ones while we are here. Gail at Making Life An Art

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