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Setting the Scene: Iconic Movie Settings around the World

When I think of the Harry Potter films, I immediately picture the dark, stormy castle or the cozy, warmly lit dining hall. The settings of the movies we love are a big part of what makes those movies memorable. We can visit many of these iconic movie sets around the world to immerse ourselves in and relive the magic of our favorite films!

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Forks, Washington

The Twilight franchise is set in the cozy city of Forks, Washington. Each year the city holds a four-day-long Twilight festival to celebrate the fun of the films. This year the festival will be held September 12–15. There are themed parties, cast meet and greets, panel discussions, movie showings, and so much more!

Visit the Forks Twilight festival to reminisce on the magic of the Twilight films in the actual movie setting!

Napoleon Dynamite

Preston, Idaho

Napoleon Dynamite is set in the quaint town of Preston, Idaho. This is a small but beautiful city where all the iconic homes of the Napoleon Dynamite characters are located.

Consider driving through the city, and you’ll feel like you’re a part of the movie itself as you visit Napoleon’s, Summer Wheatley’s, and Trisha Steven’s houses. You can even visit the thrift store where Napoleon and Pedro shop.

Take a trip to Preston to explore the nostalgia of the Napoleon Dynamite film yourself!

Little Women

Concord, Massachusetts

The 2019 Little Women film is set in the stunning city of Concord, Massachusetts. Plan a vacation to visit some of the incredible sights and scenery from the film. Perhaps one of the most exciting sites to see is Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House—the very home where Louisa sat as she wrote the novel. The house has been converted into a museum that you can walk through to learn more about the author’s life and see the scenery that inspired the setting for the book and films.

Near the Orchard House, there are a few filming locations from the recent 2019 film. Visit the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, the filming location for Aunt March’s house. Or explore the Lyman Estate in Waltham to see the veranda that Jo and Laurie dance on during the movie.

Take a trip to Concord to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Little Women movie.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Guernsey, England

The award-winning novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is set in the beautiful Islands of Guernsey, and the 2018 movie by the same name captures that beauty.

Guernsey is made up of five different islands—each of which offers so much for visitors to explore. Unrelated to the movie, the islands are home to many beaches, museums, shops, and restaurants. Visitors can explore the islands and experience all the fun these touristy spots have to offer.

If travelers wish to see more of the movie’s scenery they know and love, then the nearby city of Cornwall is a great place to visit. The coasts of this city are where many of the scenes in the movie were filmed. Visitors can explore the cobble-stoned village, rolling hills, and sandy beaches to feel like they actually stepped foot into the film.

Visit the Islands of Guernsey and the city of Cornwall to fully immersive yourself into the world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.