MTB Sunset by Tim Moore
© T. Moore
Harry Potter Places http://www.harrypotterplaces.com/
A series of PDF guidebooks for fans available for a modest price that describe in detail the locations used to shoot the Potter films.
As some may know I frequent Swinley a fair bit for mountain biking and got to see some goings on there for the films, hence a few posts here about it. Result has been I was asked to provide some assistance with some local information and a photo to the author of these books and the third book has some detail on Swinley (or actually as a supplement in more detail as for people looking to check out locations it’s going to be near impossible to identify the locations unless you know the place and saw where they shot the stuff, like me).
Reading through, as a local one thing I didn’t know is very nearby to Swinley is Harry’s house (round by Martins Heron), or at least the original one. The locals asked too much to film there after that so Warner built a replica of the street on the studio backlot!
A little credit in there too. Woohoo, name in print! of sorts :). A thanks to Chas for producing these books and the impressive efforts gone into to researching it.
Location signs up on the roads approaching Swinley recently, saying (I think) ‘DBL‘.
Haven’t seen any in Swinley or pointing into the estate, but at least directs down Nine Mile Ride towards The Look Out.
Also, the other week, there was a sign on the junction of Shere Road where the A25 turns right up the hill towards Newlands Corner that simply said ‘BASE‘, pointing towards the hills. A typical base camp sign for a location. Didn’t have time to check it out.
Update: Not sure if it’s related but further into the hills on the back roads towards Peaslake are signs up saying ‘MAYDAY‘.
Got these from the check-up last month.
Means little to me and just look like a spine. Blurred CT scan from before supposedly shows T6 & T7 fracture. Stable Anterior Wedge apparently. X-Ray after said to them that it looks good. Fair enough.
Whatever the case I’ve been back on the bike since end of May which was barely over a month since the crash. Took it easy for a bit though, but scaled up a bit now. Fairly normal stuff now though have some fears of stuff that’s relatively easy on some days and not others. Confidence boost needed but definitely have a greater focus on risk and what I’m capable of. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop, but just if I know I can’t do it without practice and skill, then I won’t do it.
Looking up the location of the Aldershot film location, Google has this capture from what must have been a previous set up.
And then as a frequent haunt of mine, checking out Google’s view on Swinley and seems it caught not only a plane going over but also the green screen stuff that was being built there during the Harry Potter filming back in 2009.