Harry Potter in Oxford

Hands up if you're also a Harry Potter nut? Yup, knew it.

We all know I am! Last year my cousin and I finally got to use our Christmas presents from our Grandparents to go on the Harry Potter studio tour. We were both so excited rocking our matching Time Turners, taking selfies in the Mirror of Erised and crying at the end. When my boyfriend offered to take me around Christ Church and see the actual locations and inspiration for a lot of the Hogwarts sets, I nearly exploded with joy. I don't think he has ever seen me that excited.

Excited on 'our way to Hogwarts' faces - #nomakeupselfie

Dude... that's Hogwarts. ACTUAL HOGWARTS!

From the second we arrived in Oxford I was a squealing ball of glee (annoying right?) skipping down the streets to Christ Church. and when we arrived I wasn't sure if I wanted to cry, scream or just go quiet in sheer awe. I've been around Oxford a couple of times and I always love how beautiful it is but Christ Church is just outstanding.

The first stop was OBVIOUSLY the Great Hall... it had to be done. When I went to the studio tour, I was allowed to open the doors to the Great Hall because it had just been my birthday and I remember the sheer exhilaration of being in there whether or not it was real. It didn't matter to me. When we got to the Hall in Christ Church, I was surprised to see how small it was in comparison but when you saw it you really saw Hogwarts. There are vaulted ceilings, portraits hanging from basically every inch (including ones of CS Lewis and Lewis Carrol!), beautiful fireplaces and the rows of tables. The only thing missing were the house flags but the loser I am imagine the gold and crimson Gryffindor colours everywhere.

Me wandering around in awe

Then we saw this and everything felt very 'The third floor is strictly forbidden'/ 'The chamber has been opened. Enemies of the heir beware'

*looks out for Basilisk*
We wandered around the church for a while which was equally as beautiful and I loved how someone was there just practising on the Organ. Then we went outside and through the cloisters.

Uh oh... Umbridge won't be happy with us...

Leaving via the gift shop is always dangerous. I did manage to control myself mainly because Gary is the sensible one and I already have a lot of Harry Potter stuff... However when I saw this shelf of Alice in Wonderland I had to put everything down...

Unfortunately there was no Honeydukes, but we popped over to a 'retro' sweet shop opposite the university that sold a bunch of official Harry Potter sweets and Gary treated me to a sugar mouse and some Cola Cubes.

Needless to say I had a whale of  a time and will have to go back soon to visit the library :-)

Have you had any fun day trips recently?

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