Calling all Harry Potter fans! Did you know there are two Harry Potter filming locations in Ireland? Just like magic, these two locations form together one scene via Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). So, can you guess where this legendary Harry Potter scene was filmed in Ireland? Read on to find out…
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are located along the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland and are one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destination. Reaching over 120 metres high and spanning across almost 14km, these cliffs are among the most stunning in the world and offer truly breathtaking views. However, the Cliffs of Moher are not only popular because of their natural beauty but are also famous for being one of the Harry Potter filming locations in Ireland.
The second Harry Potter filming location in Ireland is Lemon Rock, found off the coast County Kerry. Located on the stunning Iveragh peninsula, Lemon Rock is the third islands of the Skelligs, often forgotten next to Little Skellig and Skellig Michael – a filming location that Star Wars fans would know well. Lemon Rock sits about 20 meters above sea level and forms a perfect straight line with the other two bigger islands.
What Harry Potter scene was filmed in these Irish locations…
For those of you who haven’t guessed already, the scene that was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher and Lemon Rock was featured in the sixth movie in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It is the epic scene in which Harry and Dumbledore venture to a cave in order to destroy a horcrux —goosebumps material! During this scene, both Harry and Dumbledore are standing on a rock that looks to be moving towards a cave in the face of mighty cliffs. Well, you’ve guessed it – this rock is Lemon Rock in County Kerry and the towering cliffs are the incredible Cliffs of Moher in County Clare!
As Dumbledore said “This is the place. Oh, yes. This place has known magic.”, and magic it most definitely is – bringing two parts of Ireland together in one incredible scene. For true Harry Potter fans, visiting the Cliffs of Moher and Lemon Rock, the two Harry Potter filming locations in Ireland, is a rite of passage on your trip to the Emerald Isle.
Other famous filming locations in Ireland
Did you know there are more than just Harry Potter filming locations in Ireland? Hollywood has always had a soft spot for the Emerald Isle and has been a filming location for numerous blockbusters over the years. Home to rugged coastlines, stunning greenery and magnificent views it’s easy to see why Ireland has been a Hollywood favourite over the years. Read on to check out some other famous filming locations in Ireland…
Located in Ireland’s Ancient East, the wild and rugged Wicklow Mountains are home to some of the most breathtaking, varied scenery on the island of Ireland. From lush green pastures to dramatic glacial valleys, it’s no wonder why the Wicklow mountains have featured on the big screen. Some of the most famous movies to have been filmed here are Mel Gibson’s Braveheart and P.S I Love You starring Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank.
Northern Ireland has played host to many famous on-screen scenes. As many Game of Thrones fans will know, Northern Ireland is the home of the Thrones as much of the TV show was filmed in Antrim, and across Northern Ireland. Here you can find the filming locations of the King’s Road, the House of Greyjoy, the free City of Braavos and more! Calling all you ‘Thronees’, check out Wild Rovers’ Game of Thrones day-tour and see all of these key filming locations for yourself!
West Cork, located along the Wild Atlantic Way, is renowned for its unsurpassed natural beauty and windswept landscapes. The stunning landscape has also been used as a filming location for one of Ireland’s most famous films, The Wind that Shakes the Barley. Starring Cillian Murphy, this epic movie tells the tale of Ireland’s struggle for independence and was filmed in various locations around West Cork. On top of this, we see West Cork hit the big screen once again in 2017 in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie features dramatic shots of Cork’s legendary coastline and with views stretching across the Atlantic, it’s easy to see why West Cork is such a popular filming location in Ireland!
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