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Harry Potter abbey bathed in magical light

People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey.
People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey.Matt Cardy / Getty Images
People look at the illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey on Jan. 10 in Lacock, England.
People look at the illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey on Jan. 10 in Lacock, England.Matt Cardy / Getty Images

For two weeks the medieval cloisters of Lalock Abbey, which was featured in two Harry Potter films, will be bathed in dazzling colors to highlight their architectural treasures as part of the installation "Into the Light" by Britain's National Trust. According to the BBC, the abbey's "cloisters and side rooms were transformed into the classrooms at Hogwarts School while the location was also used for Harry's discovery of the Mirror of Erised." The installation opens to the public on Jan. 12. 

People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey on Jan. 10.
People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey on Jan. 10.Matt Cardy / Getty Images

The abbey was also once home to William Henry Fox Talbot, considered by many to be the father of photography. At the same time that Louis Daguerre was inventing the daguerreotype process in France, Talbot was developing a positive/negative process which became the foundation for photography for many years to come. Talbot's first successful photo in the 1830s (click here to see the image) was of a window at the abbey. 

The illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey.
The illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey.Matt Cardy / Getty Images
People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey.
People stop to look at the illuminated front of Lacock Abbey.Matt Cardy / Getty Images
Volunteer Kristine Heuser stops to look at the illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey.
Volunteer Kristine Heuser stops to look at the illuminated cloisters at Lacock Abbey.Matt Cardy / Getty Images

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