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THIS STORY LAST UPDATED: 28 August 2003 0905 BST
Harry Potter magic at Lacock
Lacock Abbey cauldron
Pots, Potter and Lacock

So, J K Rowling has waved her magic wand once more and produced a fifth novel in the Harry Potter series and it appears the Potter magic is alive and well in Wiltshire, no more so than at Lacock Abbey…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has 38 chapters and is over 255,000 words long.

300,000 people in the UK pre-ordered the new book through Amazon

Nearly nine million copies will have been produced for the first print run.

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The National Trust property featured in the first two Potter movies and since they were released Lacock Abbey has been on the must-see lists of tourists from all over the world.

Staff at Ottaker's Bookshop in Salisbury ready for the launch of the latest Harry Potter book.
Staff at Ottaker's Bookshop in Salisbury ready for the launch of the latest Harry Potter book.

BBC Wiltshire joined the visitors to take a look around as they attempted to match the reality with the fictional locations.

Take a look through our gallery of images and see what you recognise from Hogwarts!

First though, things you need to know about Lacock Abbey:

The fiction:

The Abbey's cloisters and side rooms were transformed into the classrooms at Hogwarts School while the location was also used for Harry's discovery of the Mirror of Erised.

The reality:

Stone carvingThe Abbey was founded in 1232 and comprises: cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms, courtyard, brewery and bakehouse.

Abbey converted into a country house c.1540

Grounds feature a Victorian woodland garden with an 18th-century summer house, rose garden, botanic garden and ha-ha.

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–77), inventor of the negative/positive photographic process once a resident at Lacock Abbey.

Nearby Lacock village used to film Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders and Emma.

More info at The National Trust

 
Cauldron at Lacock Abbey

Potter Magic at Lacock Abbey

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