For example, the Ministry of Magic is in London. Azkaban is in the North Sea. Hogwarts is in Scotland.

All the main characters seems to be distinctly British. Passing references are made to the Muggle Prime Minister (presumably the UK PM).

So, were all the main events/places in the Harry Potter universe set entirely in Britain/UK?

Gaius points out, I believe correctly, that there were some French and German sports teams at the tournament. There are also passing references to potions and beasts from exotic far away lands and foreign magical academies. But if I recall correctly nothing of note ever seems to takes place in "foreign" lands.

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    Aren't there French and German magic schools at the sports tournament? – Gaius Jul 14 '18 at 8:36
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    The out-of-universe explanation would be that before HP made her a billionaire, JKR had probably not traveled much – Gaius Jul 14 '18 at 8:40
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    Kenny LJ, have you even read the books? – James from NZ Jul 14 '18 at 8:40
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    @KennyLJ So you are asking from cinematic perspective or from in-universe book explanations? Movies are sometimes loosely connected to the books. In the books series wizard communities from Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, Ancient Egypt were mentioned, not to mention Fantastic Beasts movies -which are considered canon, as they are written by JK herself- which are set in USA. – Lefteris008 Jul 14 '18 at 8:45
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    Question: where might a story about a british school kid and his adventures take place? – Torsten Link Jul 14 '18 at 9:31


The overwhelming majority of the events that are happening contemporaneously in the main book series take place within the confines of the United Kingdom. The sole exception seems to be Voldemort's hunt for the Elder wand. Harry sees the search for Gregorovich and his attack on Grindlewald (at his prison in Nurmengard) through Voldermort's eyes in realtime.

He approached one of them, then saw the whiteness of his own long-fingered hand against the door. He knocked. He felt a mounting excitement …
The door opened: a laughing woman stood there. Her face fell as she looked into Harry’s face, humour gone, terror replacing it …
‘Gregorovitch?’ said a high, cold voice.
She shook her head: she was trying to close the door. A white hand held it steady, prevented her shutting him out …
‘I want Gregorovitch.’
Er wohnt hier nicht mehr!’ she cried, shaking her head. ‘He no live here! He no live here! I know him not!’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)


“Kill me, then!’ demanded the old man. ‘You will not win, you cannot win! That wand will never, ever be yours –’
And Voldemort’s fury broke: a burst of green light filled the prison room and the frail old body was lifted from its hard bed and then fell back, lifeless, and Voldemort returned to the window, his wrath barely controllable … they would suffer his retribution if they had no good reason for calling him back …”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)

There are a considerable number of other events that take place outside the UK, for example arrivals of students from overseas for the Tri-Wizard cup, Hermione's holiday to France, the arrival of Quidditch teams from around the world for the World Cup, Voldemort attacking Prof. Quirrel in Albania, Hermione's parents traveling to Australia, The Weasley family traveling to Egypt, etc but all of these take place in retrospect or are recounted via a third-party to the reader or are told to people in the story.


All of the events of the original film series take place in the UK (with the exception of the "flashback" events recounted above) however the first film of the Fantastic Beasts series of films takes place entirely in America. The next film is apparently going to be based in Paris.

  • There's also Voldemort's trip to Germany to try and trace Gregorovitch earlier in the same book. – The Dark Lord Jul 14 '18 at 17:45
  • @TheDarkLord - See edit. I think this is as close as we're going to get. For the record, I've discounted the breakout from Azkaban since we don't know its actual location other than "in the north sea". – Valorum Jul 14 '18 at 17:53
  • was Gregorovitch / Nurmengard ever stated to be in Germany? Sure, the lady speaks German, but that's not necessarily conclusive – NKCampbell Jul 14 '18 at 18:07
  • @NKCampbell - "The buildings on either side of him had high, timbered gables; they looked like gingerbread houses." - They don't generally make houses like that in the UK – Valorum Jul 14 '18 at 18:11
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    @NKCampbell - There's no specific confirmation of Germany in the book for Gregorovich, nor is a specific location given for Nurmengard in any source that I've come across. It's all just vaguely German/Austrian. – Valorum Jul 14 '18 at 18:14

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