The magic of children’s literature

Children’s fiction contains a Wonderland of possibilities: dragons, mermaids and animal croquet (partially replicated on Oxford’s quads in Trinity). From the enchanting halls of Hogwarts to the battered old tent in Horrid Henry’s back garden, we all have memories – hopefully endearing – of reading as a child. Yet it wasn’t until I arrived at […]

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Oxford on Camera: Divinity Schools

Well, it was only a matter of time wasn’t it? I couldn’t write a column on film locations in Oxford without giving a nod to the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time. When confronted by a group of tourists perhaps the next most common question – after where’s the university?’ – that students […]

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JK Rowling shares all at Sheldonian

Harry Potter author JK Rowling visited Oxford on Sunday to commemorate Exeter College’s 700th anniversary. Rowling’s “Mortality and Morality” talk filled the Sheldonian Theatre. Students who attended said that the author revealed interesting details about their much-loved series, such as her initial plan to name her central character Harry Batt instead of Harry Potter, as […]

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Theatrical Oxonians: Emma Watson

OK, so she was here for what, like twenty minutes? But Hermione’s impact on the Oxford University scene was fairly substantial. For one it meant that the ‘VIP’ areas of the various clubs became actually vaguely necessary (and not just that place you end up when you get drunk and take your credit card out […]

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Olympics sweep into Oxford with record-breaking Quidditch event

This week, the largest UK Quidditch event to date was held in Oxford ahead of the Olympic Torch’s arrival in the city. Around a hundred of players from Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took part in a tournament playing Quidditch- the game on broomsticks made famous by Harry Potter. The two-day […]

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Two Parters: We’re not hungry for seconds

It’s the latest Hollywood-made plague, and it’s coming to a cinema near you. We’ve done remakes. We’ve done 3D. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, two-part films are taking the film industry by storm. But is there any point to them? Two-part films are not to be confused with sequels. Sequels give rise to new characters, […]

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