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Harry Pot­ter fans look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more ex­cit­ing than the dis­ap­pear­ing lug­gage cart un­der the Plat­form 9¾ sign at St Pan­cras rail­way sta­tion in Lon­don, should head to Ox­ford. This em­i­nent uni­ver­sity city pro­vided a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions for Hog­warts School of Witch­craft and Wiz­ardry. The mag­nif­i­cant Great Hall of Christ Church was the in­spi­ra­tion for Hog­warts Dining Hall. The Bodleian Li­brary and New Col­lege were other spots used, while north in Ox­ford­shire is Blen­heim Palace, home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marl­bor­ough and birth­place of Win­ston Churchill, which was the site of a flash­back scene in the Or­der of the Phoenix. More: vis­itbri­; vis­i­tox­for­dan­dox­


Oc­cu­py­ing the top 14 floors of the Shin­juku Park Tower, the Tokyo Park Hy­att is the pin­na­cle of movie-homage ac­com­mo­da­tion. The cen­tral film­ing lo­ca­tion for 2003’s Lost in Trans­la­tion, this high-end ho­tel is su­per luxury, from the Hokkaido elm gue­stroom in­te­ri­ors and panoramic views to the 47th-floor pool and deluxe spa fa­cil­i­ties. Rooms start from $530 a night; if you want just a small taste of the good life, head to the 52nd-floor New York Bar. While there is a $24 cover charge from 8pm, and the drink prices might make you light-headed, the live jazz and chance of run­ning into a Sun­tory-drink­ing Bill Mur­ray make it worth­while. More: tokyo.park.hy­

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