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Okay Muggles, did you know that there are many New College Harry Potter filming locations that you can visit in Oxford?
The production team used the New College cloisters and courtyard to film scenes for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Most famously, you can see the Draco Malfoy tree where Draco gets turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody!
Here are all the New College Harry Potter filming locations and how to see the Draco Malfoy Tree in Oxford.
New College Harry Potter filming locations
We see the New College cloisters and courtyard pop up during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire many times during the movie.
Mostly around the preparation for the Triwizard Tournament where Harry is getting teased by (what seems like) the entire Hogwarts school.
Here are all the New College Harry Potter filming locations to look out for on your visit.
1. The New College Cloisters
We first see the New College cloisters featured in the Goblet of Fire when Harry is looking for Cedric at Hogwarts. This is also the place where Ron and Harry have a wee spat.
Many of the students thought that Harry cheated to take part in the Triwizard Tournament and the houses are taking sides as to who will win. So, they created some ‘Potter Stinks’ badges.
You’ll notice the scenes where the students are teasing Harry at one of the openings in the New College cloisters leading to the courtyard.
These cloisters are absolutely stunning and have some marvellous architecture to admire. Most of the religious statues you’ll see here were removed for filming.
2. New College courtyard
Another time that we see New College in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is when Harry warns Cedric about the dragons!
Cedric is lying on a bench with his fan club and Harry then warns him of what’s coming up in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.
For the movie, the team added an astrology globe statue in the centre of the courtyard (it won’t be here on your visit) as well as some extra benches.
You’ll find the filming location for these scenes in the centre of the New College cloister quad.
3. The Draco Malfoy Tree
In one of the corners of the New College cloisters, you’ll find a huge oak tree that’s taller than the courtyard itself.
This is the famous tree in Goblet of Fire where Draco Malfoy is perched as he starts teasing Harry and ends up getting turned into a white ferret by Mad-Eye Moody!
McGonagall instantly puts a stop to the ‘teaching’ and Draco threatens to tell his father about the malpractice (no surprises there!).
Although you can’t climb the tree as Draco did, it’s well worth getting a few photos or videos here. I also saw many Potterheads reenact the famous scenes while I was here.
How to visit the Draco Malfoy Tree in Oxford
If you wanted to see the tree where Draco Malfoy gets turned into a ferret, then you only need to visit New College Oxford.
Around this courtyard, you’ll also spot the place where Harry warns Cedric about the Dragons in the first task of the Triwizard tournament.
You’ll find the tree in the centre of the New College cloister quad. You really can’t miss it as soon as you arrive!
New College address is Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3BN. Click here for A Google Pin!
New College Oxford opening times and ticket prices
New College welcomes visitors every day of the week during the summer and opening times are 10.30 am to 5 pm. The last entry is 4.45 pm.
Adult admission tickets are £8 and concessions pay £7 to enter. There are family tickets available. All payments are taken by card only.
From October to March, they often allow free entry at certain times of the day. There is also an open doors weekend each September where you can visit for free too.
The history of New College Oxford
Although it is called ‘New College’ in Oxford, you may be amazed that it actually dates back to the 14th-century! It’s one of the largest and oldest colleges in the city.
It was founded by William of Wykeham who was the bishop of Winchester and the name for the college came from trying to distinguish it from Oriel College which was founded a little earlier.
It was established due to the need for educated clergymen after the Black Death created a shortage! The college motto, created by Wykeham, was “Manners Makyth Man”.
Both King’s College in Cambridge and Eton College used New College as an inspiration for their designs.
Notable alumni graduates are Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale. Women were not accepted at New College until 1979.
What else can you see at New College Oxford?
Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, New College is well worth a visit. It’s a huge campus and there are many parts to this college, beyond the cloisters, that you can visit as part of your ticket;
- The Great Quad – New College was one of the first colleges to be built as a quad which was revolutionary for its time. Here, you’ll see the Hall, Chapel, Muniment Tower, and Library in the courtyard as you walk in.
- The Chapel and Ante-Chapel – In the chapel, you’ll find lots of restored medieval stained glass, an organ, and reredos near the altar. Also, look out for the encased Founder’s Crozier.
- The Dining Hall – It’s mainly a restoration today of the way it looked during Tudor times. During Wykeham’s time, he banned wrestling, dancing, and all noisy games inside. You also had to speak solely in Latin!
- The Gardens & City Walls – there are some amazing gardens that you can explore at your leisure. You can see an ornamental mound and some of the original city walls that date back to the 13th-century.
Looking for more Harry Potter locations in Oxford?
There are plenty of magical Harry Potter filming locations that you can visit in the gorgeous city of Oxford.
You must make a stop at Christ Church to check out their Dining Hall that inspired Hogwarts Great Hall. Also, the Bodley Staircase is featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Divinity School in the Bodleian Library was the location where Harry was in the hospital and the Duke Humphrey’s Library was the backdrop for Hogwarts Library.
You’ll also find many pubs that the actors visited during filming plus some Harry Potter shops like The Shop of Secrets and House of Wonders.
Not to mention that the whole city looks like a real-life Hogwarts with many colleges, museums, and Dark Academia buildings to admire.
A little further afield, make sure you pay a visit to Blenheim Palace to see the Harry Potter Tree that is featured in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!