Oxford University was established in the twelfth century. Among the University’s famous alumni are: C S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Caroll, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Clinton.
The “Great Hall” in Christ Church College is the inspiration for the Hogwarts Dining Hall depicted in the Harry Potter films.
The Bodliean Library is another iconic Oxford building that is used in four of the films as the Hogwarts Infirmary.
The New College Tree that is inside the grounds of New College beyond the Bridge of Sighs is also shown in a Harry Potter film where Draco Maufoy tells Harry Potter “you won’t last ten-seconds” under a tree.
One of our most enjoyable dining experiences while in Oxford was at the Eagle and Child Pub which was a favorite of the Inkling’s writers group. This group included C S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Oxford is a city like none that I have visited. Dear friends of ours gave us a watercolor of Oxford several years ago and I have been intrigued by the idea of visiting the University/City ever since. They are history professors and during our friendship both were invited to speak at Oxford due to their expertise in their Discipline. Our friend Peter had been invited to speak at the High Table while Jo Ann was speaking at the Low Table.
In searching for the University I quickly found that it is co-mingled with the town. Oxford is a place that I felt most at home in during our United Kingdom Adventure and at one point during a tour we were taking, as we sat in the Library and as our guide was speaking to us I had the strangest feeling of deja-vu?
When we first entered the Eagle and Child and were searching for a table two gracious people, professors I assume, hurried to give us their’s, as they were just finishing up their dinner. When we asked how we could repay them they pleaded for us to not vote for Donald Trump.