A Potterific Halloween at Christ Church, Oxford, AKA Hogwarts


Happy Halloween everyone!! I don’t usually do anything special for Halloween but I thought I’d share the story of how I celebrated halloween at university in my final year. Last year, to celebrate Halloween, Christ Church at Oxford University hosted a charity event for its students whereby they could pay for an even more special Hogwarts experience in the dining hall that inspired the Great Hall in the Harry Potter films. For just £15, students were treated to a magical meal inspired by the Harry Potter series and there were lots of other Potter surprises in store…

Here’s what went down:



First up, everyone received personalised Chocolate Frog cards in their pigeon holes. We were all given special Potter-related names for the evening, which were based on our real names. My surname is Hartley so I was Laura Lockheart for the night ☺

Dress Code: 

Dress robes and gowns (jacket + tie). Witch hats encouraged. Costumes definitely an option.


Upon arrival, we were encouraged to pick up a wand or a Hogwarts scarf to add to our costumes. At Christ Church we have to wear black gowns when we eat in formal hall anyway so most people were already wearing their “Hogwarts” robes. In the antehall, the Hogwarts theme tuned was played as we sipped on “felix felicis” (bucks fizz). The hall was decorated with pumpkins, howlers and more on the inside.


Now Christ Church food is not the best so this menu definitely sounds a lot snazzier than it actually was but we all appreciated the effort that went into trying to jazz it up for us.

Witches’ Broth

with Stardust

Supreme of Dragon

with Lizards’ Tails and Mixed Mandrake

Fortescue Sundae

Of course, before the feast began the choir sang The Hogwarts Song.

Then Dumbledore gave his welcome speech.

But the best bit?

At the end of the feast, Quirrell ran in screaming “Troll in the Dungeon” “thought you ought to know” before collapsing onto the floor.

For more posts about my time at Oxford University, check out the following:

8 Do’s and Dont’s When Choosing an Oxford College

How Many Books Did I Read For My French Degree At Oxford University?

What is it like to study French at Oxford University?

The Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University

3 TV Shows To Prepare You For Life at Oxford University

What’s the best Halloween story you’ve got to share? Will you be going trick or treating this evening?

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