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In Harry Potter books, young wizards and witches send messages using owls. In northern England, Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre is the headquarters of the World Owl Trust. It houses more than 180 birds. Guests claim that the castle, an elegant 13th-century stately home, is haunted by ghosts.

Hogwarts, in Harry Potter movies, is Alnwick Castle, in northern England. It is the second largest inhabited castle in England, with magnificent interiors and art treasures, surrounded by grounds landscaped by designer Capability Brown.

A Serpent Garden is located adjacent to Alnwick Garden. A giant holly serpent holds interactive water sculptures by leading sculptor William Pye. In the Poison Garden, wannabe Hogwarts students can see some of the most deadly plants in the world and learn about the dangers from experts.