J.K. Rowling spent 3 years as a student at Exeter University in Devon. Whilst a number of places throughout her life influenced the writing of Harry Potter, it is clear that the rolling hills, chocolate box villages, and historical streets of Devon and Exeter were a healthy source of inspiration.
1. Gandy Street - Diagon Alley
The Vaults and Gandy Street
2. Mardon Hall, Exeter University - Gryffindor Common Room
3. The Old Firehouse - The Leaky Cauldron
4. T.P. Wiseman, Exeter University - Albus Dumbledore
5. 10 Cathedral Close Door - Room of Requirement
6. The Washington Singer Building, Exeter University - Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom
7. The Old Haunted House, Exeter University - The Shrieking Shack
8. The Hog's Head Inn - The Hog's Head Inn, Hogsmeade
9. A blustery football game in 1986 at St James' Park - Quidditch
10. The Great Hall, Exeter University - The Great Hall
11. Budleigh Salterton - Budleigh Babberton
Further into Devon is the the village where Horace Slughorn resided at the time of his meeting with Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter. It almost certainly gave inspiration to "Budleigh Salterton", a village a few miles from Exeter.
Ottery St Mary - Ottery St Catchpole
The home of the Weasleys, the Fawcetts, the Diggorys, and the Lovegoods. Ottery St Catchpole was probably inspired by Ottery St Mary, a village close to Exeter.
14. Dawlish - John Dawlish
15. Chudleigh - Chudley Cannons
Ron Weasley's favourite quidditch team finds its home in the village of Chudleigh, 20 minutes drive from Exeter.
16. Dartmoor - Godric's Hollow
If you do ever decide to visit Devon, make sure you keep your inner eye open for traces of wizards and magic.
P.S. A true Harry Potter fan in Exeter should probably join the university's own Harry Potter Society!
More information can be found by clicking on the following link: www.exeterguild.org/societies/harrypottersociety/