Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets.
A number of Christ Church College locations were used for filming the Harry Potter movies.
The old cloisters provided the backdrop to Harry being shown his father’s Quidditch trophy.
The stairway up to the Dining Hall was used as the entrance to Hogwarts where Professor McGonagall informs the new students they are about to be sorted into their houses. Christ Church decided to not use the Sorting Hat for the selection of their students. Two other scenes were filmed on this staircase: when Filch, the caretaker, catches Harry and Ron arriving late, and when Harry has a flashback of Dumbledore talking to Tom Riddle.
Even though the Dining Hall was not used for filming it was the inspiration for the Hogwarts’s main hall. You can easily imagine floating candles, moving pictures, flying owls and hurrying ghosts.
More Harry Potter, Oxford locations in our next post…
This is an excerpt from the tour Oxford’s Noble and Great Ones – Part 1 which explores around the southern part of Oxford. The full tour is found on www.obelisktours.co.uk