London and Oxford

London, England
Oxford, England
I just got back today from another amazing but way too short weekend in England visiting two different sets of relatives. Thankfully last Wednesday was a holiday so I was able to have a 5-day weekend (well, I made it up myself) and had two nights with each family. It was a weekend full of fun, laughter, love, and food and I’m so happy I was able to make it back to see them all, even for just a short while. I even got to explore the Harry Potter studios for a day and Oxford (along with all the HP locations) another!
So the first day, after dropping my suitcase off with my cousin while she was at work in central London, I just wandered around the city and saw some stuff I missed last time.
Left, left, left right left…

Sure let’s nap right here in front of Buckingham palace.

Buckingham! And Starbucks 🙂

Some guy from Finland with terrible English and a stupid street show, desperately trying to wow the crowd.

Westminster Abbey!

The next day, aka the most amazing day of my life, I FINALLY got to the Harry Potter studios north of London to see the sets of the movies and learn about how they did everything. I spent about 4.5 hours there and didn’t want to leave! It was absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend any other HP nerd like myself to get there ASAP.

Emma Watson (Hermione)

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Rupert Grint (Ron!)

THE cupboard under the stairs!

The Great Hall! Move, guide-man!

The left and right costumes were worn by Tom Felton.

Hufflepuffs and Cedric’s Triwizard Tournament costumes

Gryfinndor! And Daniel Radcliffe’s first-year costume on the left awww

Yule Ball display

Various wigs

Harry’s clothes throughout the 7th movies

Hogwarts front gate

Gryfinndor boy’s room, Harry’s and Ron’s beds

THE MIRROR OF ERISED!!

The Common Room

Invisibility Cloak!

Triwizard Cup and the egg

Dumbledore’s Penseive

Dumbledore’s office

Stuff from the movies!

Potion’s classroom

Hagrid’s hut!

Heading to the Chamber of Secrets!

Death Eater costumes!

Part of the statue/monument to wizards in the Ministry of Magic

Umbridge’s Ministry office

The Burrow!

The Horcruxes!

Umbridge’s outfits

The Black tapestry

The Knight Bus!

Trying butterbeer, aka cream soda with some creamy stuff they poured on top.

The Potter’s cottage

#4 Privet Drive!

The Hogwarts Bridge

One of the several Ford Anglias

Nearly Headless Nick’s costume

Goblins

Voldemort before being turned back into a human

Dead Dobby!

Aragog and the Basilisk!

Diagon Alley!

Buckbeak

The GIANT replica of Hogwarts they used for filming. It was so pretty and almost emotional to see!

Before the gift shop, there was a “wand shop” that had all the names of every person involved in the films on each wand box. I mean, this room was covered in them; it was really cool.

The main hall

Waaah don’t want it to end!

 The following day I went to the town of Oxford and walked around the little city, including seeing some more Harry Potter sites that were filmed at the university.

The beautiful town of Oxford, on the grounds of Christ Church College

Christ Church College

Christ Church cathedral

Getting ready to be sorted! The staircase used in the HP to get up to the Great Hall.

Right where the boys stood! Eeeeee!

Beautiful courtyard at Christ Church College.

Around Oxford.

Entrance courtyard to Bodleian Library

The Famous Turf Tavern: An Education in Intoxication

It was graduation day at Oxford!

Everyone had the cutest bicycles with baskets in front!

The Courtyard in which Harry talked to Cedric/Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret.

Malfoy was turned into a ferret here

Some tea and a pick-me-up at England’s first coffee house the Grand Cafe, from 1650!

 My final two days I was with my aunt and her family, and I had some time to relax and spend a few moments with them. Unfortunately I was hardly able to spend time with my cousin and his family (who I stayed with Wednesday/Thursday nights) as they had to work and so we only had some time in the evening together. However the weekend flew by so quickly that I feel I hardly saw anyone! Plus Monday was a holiday in the UK but not Spain, which means that they had an extra day and I didn’t 🙁

With Sascha and the kids outside the Museum of Natural History

Just before leaving 🙁

Just before leaving 🙁

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