Oxford: Just makes me want to go to Hogwarts

1 Apr

After Stratford-Upon-Avon and our lunch in the Cotswolds we went to Oxford. The University itself is comprised of several colleges including Christ Church which was founded by Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s trusted advisor (later imprisoned for treason, Wolsey slit his own throat. His remains are in St. Paul’s) in 1525 but was unable to see its completion. Henry VIII refounded it as King Henry’s College and after breaking from the Vatican and forming the Church of England refounded it again but as Christ Church.

Christ Church College

There was a massive line (or, queue as the Brits say) to get in but luckily we were with a tour and got right in. One of the main tourist draws to Christ Church (in addition to the architecture, cathedral, and art) is that Christ Church inspired some sets from the Harry Potter movies and was used as a filming location for some scenes. This is what we cared most about, naturally.

The dining hall that inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts. It is a functioning dining hall, so the students of Christ Church get to eat in the Great Hall every day.

The staircase where they filmed a few scenes of the first two Harry Potter films

Professor McGonagall waits for the first year students on the stairs...

The courtyard at Christ Church

Inside Christ Church Cathedral.

Beautiful medieval architecture

Medieval Union Jack flags

Entrance to the library, off-limits to visitors to our great disappointment

This tree has formed a bond with Christ Church

One of many prestigious looking buildings at Oxford

An interesting old building

Logic Lane... Oh, Oxford.

Spring is in bloom in Oxford

The Eagle and Child Pub, a frequent hang-out of J.R.R Tolkien (author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and C.S. Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia books).

Overall, I enjoyed Oxford. It’s full of history and beautiful architecture. And it’s Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Chronicles of Narnia connections certainly help.

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