Harry Potter in Oxford
Oxfordshire has been used throughout the Harry Potter film franchise as a filming location. If you want to feel like you’re walking the Hogwarts Castle with Harry, Ron and Hermione, there are some must visit attractions:
Christ Church College was used several times throughout the film series. The Tudor architecture of Christ Church’s dining hall was the inspiration for one of Hogwarts’ most iconic locations: the Great Hall.
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the grand Christ Church stairway was used as the stairway up to Hogwarts. In the film you see where the first years are met by Professor McGonagall, and again where Harry, Ron and Hermione reunite at the end of the film.
The bottom of the staircase was also used in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, after Harry and Ron flew into Hogwarts in the Ford Anglia, and meet caretaker Argus Filch.
The college cloisters were also used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in a scene where Hermione shows Harry trophies that his father, James Potter, won in Quidditch.
Used as a location in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you can visit the New College cloisters where in the film young wizards wear ‘Potter Stinks’ badges, and where Harry first warned Cedric Diggory about the first Tri-Wizard Challenge. And in the northwest corner of the cloisters grass quadrangle, you can where the scenes of Mad-Eye Moody turning Malfoy into a ferret were filmed.
The Divinity School at the Bodliean Library served as Hogwarts infirmary in four films, including the first film after Harry’s clash with Voldemort. It was also used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Professor McGonagall taught students to dance.
Duke Humphries Library was used in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone as the Hogwarts library, where Harry searched for clues in his invisibility cloak.
Visit Blenheim Palace and look for the distinct huge old Cedar tree at the lakeside in the Park. This featured in the flashback scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where a young Severus Snape was being taunted by Harry’s father, James Potter.