Instead of embarking on an old city walk, why not spice up your weekend outing by walking past all Harry Potter? Boasting medieval architecture, a castle and an excellent reputation for education, it’s not hard to see why scenes from the hit franchise were filmed in Oxford.
It’s always a pleasure to see a scene from one of your favorite movies in real life, whether or not you’re a super Potter fan or a more casual viewer. We’ve decided to put together a few key places you can visit on a city walk that have a connection to the wizarding world.
In addition to their pop culture appeal, the locations on the list are also steeped in history. While there are plenty of guided and paid Harry Potter tours that will take you around Oxford, it’s easy enough to do most of them on your own.
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You can follow the order of the stops we’ve listed, or mix it up and pick your favorites.
1. Church of Christ
Entrance fee: £15
Arguably one of the most famous and imposing colleges, Christ Church has been the backdrop for some iconic scenes in the Harry Potter films. Various places in Christ Church hold a history of witchcraft, such as the Bodley Tower staircase seen in The Philosopher’s Stone when Harry, Ron and Hermione meet Professor McGonagall.
Another location in Christ Church, although not used for filming, is the dining hall. This historic and impressive hall was used as the inspiration for the Great Hall at Hogwarts. The halls of Christ Church are where Hermione shows Harry the Quidditch trophy his father won.
2. School of Divinity
Entrance fee: £1 or £2
Boasting impressive medieval architecture, this location served as the setting for the Hogwarts Infirmary, which includes the late The Philosopher’s Stone when Harry wakes up after confronting Voldemort, when Harry and Hermione use the time turner in The Prisoner of Azkaban and in The goblet of fire when Professor McGonagall teaches Ron to dance before the Yule Ball. The Divinity School is located inside the iconic Bodleian Libraries.
3. New College
Entrance fee: Free out of season or £5
Another Oxford college that has served as the setting for many great films. The cloisters of this college served as corridors at Hogwarts, especially in The goblet of fire. One memorable moment is when Harry has to walk through a crowd of Gryffindor students all wearing “Potter stinks” badges as he tries to go talk to Cedric.
Another iconic scene is when Malfoy is turned into a ferret. In New College you will also find the tree where the confrontation between Harry and Draco took place. You can spot it under the city’s famous Bridge of Sighs.
4. Harry Potter Shops
Last on the list doesn’t have to do with filming the films themselves, but the opportunity to grab Oxford Harry Potter merchandise. With quite a few Harry Potter gift shops dotted around the town center you’re sure to pass one when you visit, but if in doubt there’s one located on Broad Street just up the Bridge of Sighs, where you can go after visiting New College.
Inside you can find themed treasures that will satisfy the devoted Harry Potter fan in you. Having fun browsing the robes and nick-nacks on offer is the perfect end to the Harry Potter walk.
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