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Fortresses on Film

Fortresses on Film

What movie fortress did you dream of exploring as a child? No doubt, you lived vicariously through your favorite film character on more than one occasion while playing in a treehouse or crudely assembled stick fort. Were you aching to go to Hogwarts with Harry and Ron? Were you convinced that you would make a great sidekick for Indiana Jones? Perhaps you mused about joining “The Goonies” crew as they navigated the fantastic pirate ship that belonged to One-Eyed Willy. Join us on an evocative adventure. Below, you can explore seven famous movie fortresses – and all of the obstacles they present!

The Batcave

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The Batcave is one of the most iconic fortresses in film history. Over the course of decades with multiple films, comic books, and television depictions of Batman, the Batcave has been drilled into our heads as one of the coolest sanctuaries in all fiction. Here, we feature the Batcave from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy.

Though the Batcave is any superhero’s dream haven, there are some clear challenges when it comes to navigating the fortress, such as:

  • Convincing Alfred to admit you to Wayne Manor.
  • Playing a secret key combination on Wayne’s beautiful grand piano.
  • Entering a secret door in a bookshelf in the study.

In “The Dark Knight Rises,” Wayne Manor is still under construction (but the Batcave is still fully functional); it provides a perfect fortress for Bruce Wayne and his trusty butler, Alfred.

One-Eyed Willy’s Ship

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“The Goonies,” one of the most popular kids’ movies of the 1980s, perfectly combined action, adventure, and fantasy. The film tells the story of a group of young adventurers who discover a treasure map that leads to the famous One-Eyed Willy’s ship.

Of course, there are obstacles when it comes to One-Eyed Willy’s fortress. Brave souls must complete the following tasks:

  • Find the hidden tunnel entrance in the abandoned restaurant.
  • Avoid One-Eyed Willy’s many booby traps, such as the falling boulders and pit of spikes.
  • Play the correct chords on the skeleton piano.

The moment that the characters first come across One-Eyed Willy’s ship is memorable and exciting, no matter how many times you have watched “The Goonies.”


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The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a key location in the Harry Potter film series, is also one of the most well-known fortresses in literature. Children and adults alike are so in love with Hogwarts that, following the films, the Universal Orlando theme park recreated it as its own world. The castle – in which Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all of their friends and foes study for the better part of seven years – is a fortress full of magic.

Getting into Hogwarts is a special feat that requires a few different steps:

  • Arrive by the Hogwarts Express.
  • Avoid the soul-sucking Dementors.
  • Get there in time to pass through the unlocked gates.

For Muggles who might not be able to visit in person, J.K. Rowling reminds us, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

The Goblin King’s Castle

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“Labyrinth” is a fantastical musical. When young Sarah is frustrated by her infant brother Toby, she wishes for him to be taken away by the Goblin King, Jareth. When Toby actually disappears, the Goblin King transports Sarah to his kingdom to give her the chance to rescue her baby brother.

Naturally, there are plenty of obstacles when attempting to conquer a fortress as detailed as the Goblin King’s Castle:

  • The Labyrinth must be solved in 13 hours there is no time to waste.
  • Even if you make your way through the maze, twice you must pick the correct door to continue.
  • An enormous robot guards the Goblin City, and hundreds of goblins are ready to block you from entering the castle.

The Goblin King’s Castle is certainly not easy to come by, but once you arrive you will be greeted by the notorious King Jareth himself.

Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors

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“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is an exciting journey that follows archaeologist Indiana Jones on his quest to find the Lost Ark, but at the beginning of the film he attempts to retrieve a golden idol in an old temple in Peru.

The Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors was made for an easier entrance than an exit, so be prepared for an adventure:

  • The temple is hidden deep in the Peruvian forest, in which you must swing across a deep pit.
  • Once the idol is removed, the temple will begin to collapse – and arrows will shoot at you if you dare to leave.
  • Outside, the Hovito people are ready to attack you with spears.

The Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors is a grand fortress full of mystery and wonder – the perfect setting for a hero like Indiana Jones. 

The McCallister Home

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The McCallister family has a dream home – the iconic 1990s film shows the house in the middle of a snowy Chicago winter. The holidays are perfect for spending time with loved ones, but instead, Kevin McCallister has a really fun time eating junk, watching rubbish, and dodging violent burglars, all on his own.

The McCallister home is one of the most impressive fortresses of them all. Perhaps it’s because it lacks magic and make-believe, but Kevin still creates a land of his own within those walls. If you’re a criminal, beware of the following:

  • Watch out for Kevin with his BB gun at the back door.
  • Note the tar on the basement steps that lead to the first floor.
  • Reach the second floor only by avoiding slippery Micro Machines, heavy-swinging paint cans, trip ropes, and a giant tarantula.

As the crooks (Harry and Marv) will tell you, it’s better not to mess with Kevin or the McCallister home “fortress.”

Barad-dûr/Dark Tower & Mount Doom

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Barad-dûr, also known as The Dark Tower, is one of the most iconic aspects of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The fictional fortress is the home of the Dark Lord Sauron; it’s the perfect place for him to rule over the dangerous, volcanic land of Mordor.

If you know anything about Frodo and Sam’s journey, you should assume that Barad-dûr and Mount Doom are nearly impossible to access. Consider the following if you want to survive:

  • The black gate – protected by archers, spearmen, Orcs, and bowmen – can only be opened by mountain trolls.
  • Shelob, the giant spider, will happily stab you if you try to take the secret pass.
  • Mount Doom will erupt when you drop the One Ring into its fire – so get out of there!

Once the One Ring is destroyed, the Dark Tower’s destruction is imminent. 


Though your personal fortress may not be as well-protected as One-Eyed Willy’s ship, we know it’s important for you and your family to safeguard your own treasures. With GetSafe, you can enjoy a smart, flexible way to ensure that your most valuable possessions are constantly protected. GetSafe’s 24/7 professional monitoring system will secure you and your fortress, no matter what. For more information, give us a call at 1-888-799-6255 or head to our website.


We took extensive notes on the layouts and every obstacle shown in the fortresses associated with each film below. Then, we brought them to life in the form of step-by-step instructographics that detail significant entry and exit points as well as the dangers lurking within.


  • Batman Begins

  • The Dark Knight

  • The Dark Knight Rises

  • The Goonies

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

  • Labyrinth

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Home Alone

  • The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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