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Marion
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Compare to the concept art:

Total Posts: 624 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 4:17 am on Jan. 5, 2010 | Link to this post
Krss
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Wow!! It's great to see that! :smile: They really were very accurate. Except for the building on the left.

Hope you took so many other pics that some will match the game when it comes out.:tongue: How lucky to be in Oxford. Can you share some impressions?

Total Posts: 2307 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 5:47 pm on Jan. 5, 2010 | Link to this post
Marion
forebrain



If the game visits some of the main sights of Oxford, like Christ Church with that famous Harry Potter dining room, then I'll have the photos to compare. :smile: My brother didn't take me to all of them though.

Impressions... well, my brother went there first to visit his friends in Oxford (he's studying in London), and I showed him that concept art before I got there. He said Oxford looked exactly like that when he went - dark and gloomy. Sadly, as you can see from my photo, it wasn't so dark when I was there, even though it was winter.

The main shopping district was also fairly crowded since it was just after Boxing Day, but even then Oxford struck me as a pleasant, quiet little town. Even a shouting match and a near fight between some hooligans and a homeless guy in the evening didn't shake my impression of it.

Many of the main buildings, like the Radcliffe Camera which is part of the Bodleian Library (which apparently houses all the books ever published in the UK!) aren't open to the public. Sad, for a nerd like me. :sad:

It seems that for the colleges open to the public, there are entrance fees charged. Some only charge 1, but that Christ Church I mentioned above had a 6(!!!) entrance fee. I think it must be the fame of that dining room. Oh, and I also learned that Lewis Carroll (the author of Alice in Wonderland) taught mathematics there. There were informative posters all over the college with pictures of Alice, and in the dining room I didn't hear a single mention of Harry Potter - only a curious American asking about a stained-glass window with pictures from Alice in Wonderland.

But I think I'm rambling, and none of this is probably of any interest to anyone.:tongue:

Total Posts: 624 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 11:32 pm on Jan. 5, 2010 | Link to this post
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Haha right, I'm sure anyone waiting for the game will be envious and curious about Oxford. :smile:

Sounds like a cool trip! I agree that Carfax Tower is not very dark in your picture.:tongue: I would like to see that library.

What can you visit inside colleges? Classrooms and such? Is the architecture impressive inside?

Oh, is there a Dread Hill House on Dread Hill?:tongue:

Total Posts: 2307 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 2:49 am on Jan. 6, 2010 | Link to this post
Marion
forebrain



I have no idea about the other colleges, but inside Christ Church I visited the dining room and the cathedral, which are the only areas open to the public. I don't think they want us pestering the students in the classrooms and libraries.:tongue:

Here is a picture of the dining room:


And the cathedral:



I didn't go to Dread Hill unfortunately, so I didn't find out if there was a Dread Hill House:tongue:

(Edited by Marion at 1:59 am on Jan. 7, 2010)

Total Posts: 624 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 1:59 am on Jan. 7, 2010 | Link to this post
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Very nice pics. :smile:

Harry Potter had four houses, though, so why aren't there four tables? :erm:

Total Posts: 2307 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 3:45 am on Jan. 7, 2010 | Link to this post
Marion
forebrain



I don't know. Maybe they rearranged the tables just for the movie?

(I actually didn't watch Harry Potter, haha.)

Total Posts: 624 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 10:28 pm on Jan. 7, 2010 | Link to this post
Jules
pear in disguise in the bottom of a strawberry's stomach



Very nice photos, Marion! Not rambling at all! This is all very interesting. Keep going if you wish!

Total Posts: 603 | Joined Oct. 2006 | Posted on: 4:56 pm on Jan. 8, 2010 | Link to this post
Marion
forebrain



Well, I don't really know what else there is to say about Oxford, except that I wish it had been dark and gloomy there when I went. Seeing Carfax Tower was probably the highlight of the day. We also had lunch at a restaurant owned by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, so that was fun. :smile:

Total Posts: 624 | Joined Aug. 2006 | Posted on: 2:05 pm on Jan. 10, 2010 | Link to this post
 

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