Oxford Harry Potter
Explore the magical world of Harry Potter in Oxford, a fun adventure for Muggles and Wizards alike! Oxford is a great place to discover the secrets of Hogwarts and walk the same mysterious hallways Harry, Hermione and Ron once did.
Walk through the historic University City of Oxford and find the famous film locations inside the colleges that were featured in many of the early Harry Potter movies and learn about the places across the city that inspired the movies.
Bodleian Library – Divinity School: The gothic vaulted ceiling of the Divinity School was used as Hogwarts Infirmary in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Can you imagine the hospital beds lined up along the walls with young Harry lying in bed after his first big confrontation with Voldemort?
Bodleian Library – Duke Humfrey’s Library: Remember when Harry walked through the Hogwarts library hidden underneath his invisibility cloak with the intention to steal a book; this scene was filmed in the Duke Humfrey’s Library, part of the Bodleian Libraries and is only accessible with a private tour.
New College Cloisters: In the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry comes face to face with Malfoy who is sitting on a gigantic oak tree and where Malfoy was then turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody. This particular tree nestles in the New College Cloisters.
Christ Church: Christ Church College provided the location for many Harry Potter scenes. The staircase was used to film the famous entrance scene where Professor McGonagall meets Harry, Ron and Hermione. The staircase leads then up to the Tudor Great Dining Hall which was used as an inspiration for the great Hogwarts Dining Hall. The hallways of Christ Church were also used to film the scene in which Hermione shows Harry the Quidditch trophy his father won.
But there are many more similarities between Oxford and Hogwarts to explore; did you, for example, notice the many grotesques along the walls of the college buildings, and their resemblance to the statues Professor McGonagall awakes to defend Hogwarts?
So, if you want to discover more interesting facts and secret stories about Harry Potter in Oxford, join a Harry Potter Walking Tour. Or prepare for your first day in Hogwarts, and visit our Visitor Information Centre, the ‘Diagon Alley’ of Oxford, where you can buy your personal wand or your very own Hedwig.