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Halloween Feast in Great Hall of Hogwarts aka Christ Church

Halloween Feast in Great Hall of Hogwarts aka Christ Church


Isn’t it every Potter fans’ dream to be able to dine in the Hogwarts Great Hall? For students at Christ Church, Oxford, that’s a daily reality, and is actually the very reason I chose this Oxford College. This year, thought I’d share the story of how I celebrated halloween at university in my final 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:

Halloween Feast in Great Hall of Hogwarts aka Christ Church


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.

You may be wondering why everybody at Oxford owns a gown akin to those at Hogwarts. It it compulsory at Oxford University to wear this black gown to your matriculation, to your exams and to formal dinners. It’s a tradition that Oxford has always had and it’s stuck!

Halloween Feast in Great Hall of Hogwarts aka Christ Church


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). I may have started to tear up at this point. 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.

This event was just one of the many quirky things that I experienced during my time at Christ Church! Check out this post for 15 more facts about Christ Church you probably didn’t know about and this post for 10 more reasons to apply to Christ Church.

For more posts about my time at Oxford, check out these Oxford University blog posts:

Halloween Books to Read this Year
Halloween Scenes in Harry Potter
The Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University
Inside 8 of Oxford University’s Most Beautiful Libraries
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?

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

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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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. Candice Nikeia
    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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