Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
The Princess Bride (1987) / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
When Buttercup is kidnapped by the criminal troupe of Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo, they decide to scale the Cliffs of Insanity, AKA the 702-foot-tall magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Not only does the Man in Black follow them, but he also manages to scale the cliffs by hand even after his rope is cut. Don’t try that: The cliffs have a paved walkway, from which you can feast your eyes on the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges, as well as the Aran Islands, perched in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.
It’s these same waters Dumbledore and Harry soar over in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the franchise’s sixth installment. When the two head to the cave to destroy the first of Voldemort’s seven Horcruxes, it’s the Cliffs of Moher that serve as the foreboding backdrop. But in real life, there are no evil Horcruxes, Voldemort is purely fiction, and the cliffs are a lot brighter and happier than they appear in the film. In fact, more than 1.4 million people visited here in 2016, making it one of Ireland’s biggest -- and tallest -- attractions