There’s no denying that the talented production team behind the hit Harry Potter series scouted some absolutely stunning filming locations, many of which can be found in and around Yorkshire – including the huge manor that played home to the Malfoy family in the Deathly Hallows Part 1 instalment. Located just a short drive away from Sheffield in the stunning Chesterfield countryside, Hardwick Hall provided the gloomy backdrop to Malfoy Manor back in 2010 – and fans can still visit it today.
Part of the Hardwick Hall National Trust site, the stunning building lended itself perfectly to the filming crews for the movie, with its huge, floor-to-ceiling stately windows and sharp finishings offering both a regal and sinister feel to the building – the perfect representation of the pure-blooded Malfoy family.
While the beautiful hall was manipulated with CGI in post-production, the core architecture of the building can still be recognised in the movie, with its dominating appearance amplified by towers and, of course, the gloomy black clouds that became synonymous with the later years of the Harry Potter series.
Playing an integral part of the final two movies thanks to its role as – what we at the Yorkshireman are gonna call – ‘Voldemort HQ’, the movie used the actual exterior of the hall for Malfoy Manor, meaning fans can get a snap right outside of the most recognisable part of the building.
What’s more? Despite the fact that the actual inside of the property didn’t feature in the movies, the production team took heavy inspiration from the building – so when visiting inside, fans may spot a few familiar sights when pottering around.
From the regal-looking pillars that fans will remember from the scenes where Harry and co. are imprisoned at the manor, to the long table that seated Voldemort and his Death Eaters in Deathly Hallows Part 1, there’s plenty of fantastic nods to the movies throughout the estate to spy.
Hardwick Hall can be found at Doe Lea, Chesterfield S44 5QJ and you can book tickets to visit here.