Can you imagine being in love with a movie, but then travelling to a wrong filming location? Although your answer is probably a big “NO”, this is exactly what’s been happening with some of the Chinese tourists travelling to Sydney. Apparently, many Chinese travellers believe that the University of Sydney is where the Harry Potter film franchise was filmed.
The main building of the University of Sydney
In the tourists’ defence, the university buildings were built in neo-gothic style, therefore having some resemblance to the fictitious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, we can safely confirm that none of the films was shot in Australia. Why the mistake? As it seems, a number of tourism websites which suggest that Harry Potter was filmed at the University of Sydney appeared, in an apparent attempt to attract tourists. One tourist told SBS News: “Our tour guide told us this is where one of the scenes of Harry Potter was filmed,” while another further explained: “This place filmed or I think it filmed Harry Potter, it’s very famous and I’ve seen looks of my classmates who have come here to take photos.” Those promoting the University of Sydney as the Harry Potter filming location could actually be in breach of the law.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The influx of tourists has not gone unnoticed by university personnel, who have witnessed scores of visitors wandering around the Camperdown campus. In the last two years, the number of visits to the university has increased by more than 4000 people. If you’re looking for the “real” Hogwarts, you’ll need to catch a plane to the UK, or just visit the University of Sydney and live in a fantasy.