Harry Potter and The Divinity School

Oxford is jam-packed with history, beautiful buildings and of course, students. And a tour around the Bodleian Libraries is a great way to spend an hour or so. But if you don’t have enough time to do the full tour, simply pay the princely sum of £2 and nosy around the Divinity School instead.

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And if the school looks it something out of a Harry Potter film, well…

It is. The school featured in two Harry Potter movies in fact. It was the Hogwarts Infirmary in ‘Philosophers Stone’ and the setting for Harry and Ron’s dance lesson in ‘Goblet of Fire’.

A number of other scenes from the films were filmed across Oxford University’s grand buildings, so a tour delving deeper into these is a must for any Hogwarts fan.

It’s not just the architecture that wouldn’t look out of place in one of JK Rowling’s bestsellers. The school is also home to Bodley’s Chest. This piece looks like it should be stashed in Dumbledores study, locking away a Boggart.

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The chest kept the libraries money safe and needed three different keyholders to open it – just look at that locking mechanism. Both secure and a thing of beauty.

And so we end, of course, with a notebook. I picked up this beauty from the library gift shop.

Just look at this gorgeous object of loveliness. It’s shiny, it’s gold and it has little, tactile books on the surface. *SWOON*

Have you been to the Bodleian Library or Divinity School? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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