Saturday, 28 November 2015

Oxford University

 My uncle knew about my absolute love for Harry Potter, so he kindly booked me a Bed & Breakfast in Keble College, Oxford. Walking around Oxford University was so bizarre to me. It truly felt like I was stepping foot into a movie with people wearing robes, riding bicycles and using satchels. The Architecture and history of Oxford is extremely fascinating as well. What caught my eye was how hardworking the students were. You'd find them studying in every nook and cranny, even the local pub. I was a little amazed that the employees working in McDonald's wore a tie when all I wore was a polo shirt and a sports cap back when I worked there. During my stay, I discovered that a lot of the filming for Harry Potter was done in Oxford, hence why my Uncle booked me a night there. It was so spectacular to see that hardly any 'movie magic' was actually needed as the architecture and atmosphere was already close to perfect. 

I took the photo above just outside Christ Church College. It was founded in 1379 making it older than six hundred years old. I thought this was such a classic UK photo of a beautiful cottage styled building and a lovely garden.
This picture was also taken at Christ Church College founded in 1546. It's their great hall which had been set up for a special event that evening. The great hall in Harry Potter was actually inspired by these halls found in Oxford University.
One of the many chapels found within the colleges' of Oxford University.
Do you recognise these stairs?

"Welcome to Hogwarts. Now, in a few moments you will pass through these doors and join your classmates. But before you take your seats, you must be sorted into your houses. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Now while you’re here your house will be like your family. Your triumphs will earn you points. Any rule breaking and you will lose points. At the end of the year, the houses with the most points is awarded the house cup."

Did that quote trigger any memories for you? These are the very stairs that McGonagall stood on while welcoming Harry and his classmates to Hogwarts. They're also the stairs where Harry officially became enemies with Malfoy when he refused to shake his hand.
This photo was taken in New College but you might know it better as the Hogwarts Cloister's. On the right of the picture under that tree is where Malfoy was turned into a ferret. It's also where Cedric Diggory told Harry that the prefects bathroom wasn't 'a bad place for a bath'.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, add Oxford to your bucket list now! There's also a lot of walking tours you can join to learn about this history of the place while getting some good photos. There's also the Hospital Wing you can visit from Harry Potter which doubled as the classroom. I also visited the Bodleian Library which has a copy of every single english book every published. It is also the location of where they filmed the Hogwarts library. There too are books locked to chains just like the restricted section!
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