Let’s be honest, I did look up which buildings in Oxford had been used for making the Harry Potter films. I have seen them all, although I don’t remember them all too well. I have also read all the books and consider myself a semi-fan. What does this mean? I do like the stuff, but I cannot quote the books nor do I know all the details that a proper fan would even if woken up in the middle of the night and asked. Still, I wanted to see these places and feel the atmosphere of the films.
There are several such places in Oxford. With its grand university buildings, it is a perfect place to depict Hogwarts. There’s the New College with its famous tree (see Instagram), on which Draco Malfoy sat. There’s the Christ Church with the famous staircase where professor McGonagall first greeted Harry. There’s the Pitt Rivers Museum with its shrunken heads, presumably an inspiration for the Diagon Alley. Many of the Oxford places have also featured in Inspector Morse and other productions.
Not all of these places use this for their advantage. Christ Church, for instance, does. Its gift shop has many Harry Potter stuff. Turf Tavern does it too. It’s a local pub near New College where the HP actors spent their leisure time. There are big signs up. Inspector Morse had been filmed there as well. They use this fame. I don’t think it’s wrong in any way. I did hunt for such places myself. But I did find myself wondering how hundreds of years of history could be forgotten, overseen because of more recent films. People don’t go to these places for the history anymore. They want a selfie with the filming location instead. Mind you, I’m not at all interested in learning all this heavy history stuff. When I go to these places, I admire the architecture and breathe in the atmosphere. But… still, isn’t it a bit sad?
1. Own and live in a house.
Did work a bit which means that I earned a tiny bit for the future house.
2. Write AND publish a book.
Didn’t write a thing.
3. Win a major race.
An easy and short run. Decent.
Photo of the Day
Sign at the Turf Tavern. A filming location.