Its no secret that I am a massive Harry Potter fan. I love the books as well as the films and I’m extremely lucky in that my husband, Brock, is also a huge fan. I was dying to see the various filming locations used throughout the HP films around Oxford University and Saturday we finally made our way to the historic town.
The weather was perfect for exploring: cold but sunny. We bundled up, had our “Harry Potter Trail” map in hand and just spent the entire day walking around Oxford, taking it all in. All in all we saw five locations where various HP films were shot and was completely blown away by how ridiculously beautiful Oxford University is. The campus is sprawling and consists of dozens and dozens of stone buildings, each more impressive than the next. My favorite site was the grand staircase leading to the Great Hall in Christ Church. This staircase was featured in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and the Great Hall was the inspiration for the Great Hall in the HP films.
It was also really exciting to visit the Divinity Hall, which was used as the infirmary in “HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and again as the room where Professor McGonagall taught the students to dance in “HP and the Goblet of Fire.” And above the Divinity Hall we were able to tour Duke Humphrie’s Library, which was used as the library in the first HP film.
We ended the day with some wine and a hardy meal at the famous Turf Tavern. This place was a hidden gem, down an extremely narrow alleyway near New College where Bill Clinton hung out when he was a student at Oxford back in the ‘60’s. We then roamed the streets until we were almost frozen.
Check out the pictures below from our incredible day.