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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  1. 31st October 2017 / 2:51 PM

    oh my gosh this looks amazing! I would love this, I went to a Harry Potter quiz the other day and was rubbish at it though haha x

  2. 31st October 2017 / 6:47 PM

    Oh wow this is absolutely amazing what a fun thing for Christ Church to have done for Halloween last year!

  3. 1st November 2017 / 12:53 AM

    I love that they created a Halloween menu and even gave you the option of dressing up as well! I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series so I would have been in my element !

  4. 1st November 2017 / 9:06 AM

    This sounds like such a fun evening! Love the idea of the chocolate frog card invites. Tx

  5. 1st November 2017 / 9:32 AM

    That’s so good that they did a themed event for you guys, might as well make the most out of being in the hall x

  6. Bex Smith
    1st November 2017 / 11:28 AM

    Wow this sounds like so much fun – my type of Halloween event!

  7. 1st November 2017 / 5:12 PM

    This is so cool, and of course the perfect setting for it! I love the personalised touches 🙂

  8. 2nd November 2017 / 9:14 AM

    This sounds like a really fun evening for Potter fans, love the little touches like the names.

  9. Anosa Malanga VA
    3rd November 2017 / 2:47 AM

    Wow, what a great way to have your final Halloween party. Indeed such a magical experience. Now I got an idea to have this theme for our family Halloween party next year.

  10. Linda Hobbis
    3rd November 2017 / 9:39 AM

    That’s a great bit of fun. Far more memorable than sitting in and waiting for trick or treaters.

  11. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    3rd November 2017 / 2:17 PM

    This looks perfect for Harry Potter fans. I have never read any of the books though.

  12. 5th November 2017 / 7:18 PM

    Wow! This looks like so much fun! I love all the photos you took!

  13. Melissa Zia
    6th November 2017 / 1:30 PM

    Wow looks like a great place to go for halloween! Great photos

  14. Laura
    8th November 2017 / 7:10 PM

    OMG I would have absolutely LOVED this. I am a huge Harry Potter fan xxx

  15. 12th November 2017 / 10:35 PM

    That looks as if it was an incredible experience and I am not even a Harry Potter fan.

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