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University of Sydney mistaken for Hogwarts film location by thousands of Chinese Harry Potter fans

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Chinese tourists keep flocking to the University of Sydney because they think it was the location of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter film franchise. Plot twist; it wasn’t.

J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter has a global fanbase with people from all around the world in love with its quirky mix of magic and quintessential British charm.

When Warner Brothers transformed the books to the big screen devoted fans turned filming locations into buzzing tourist hot spots.

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England’s Goathland railway station, in the tiny Scarborough village, now sees thousands of visitors posing for photos and waving their wands there each year after it served as the location of Hogsmeade railway station.

However, some tourists have been getting their magic in a muddle, mistakenly visiting places that were never featured as locations in the films.

The University of Sydney, Australia, is nearly 10,000 miles away from where Harry Potter was filmed and yet Potter-heads have been visiting the campus because it bears a slight resemblance to Hogwarts.

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Whatsmore, some Chinese tour guides have actually been telling visitors it was filmed there.

“Our tour guide told us this is where one of the scenes of Harry Potter was filmed,” one tourist told SBS news.

Dr Jamie Fraser a curator at the University’s Nicholson Museum says he’s noticed a huge increase of tourists. Talking to SBS he claims there’s been  “more than a 4000 people increase since 2017 to 2019”. He also says, “people come to the front desk of our museum and ask us can you please show us where Harry Potter was filmed."

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One tour guide company actually lists the University of Sydney as being “the real version of Hogwarts”.

With its neo-Gothic architecture, quadrangle and well manicured lawns, there is certainly a resemblance to Hogwarts and when combined with the fake tourist information it’s hardly surprising so many Chinese visitors are being so easily duped.




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