This post is dedicated to one of my favorite bookstores in the world: Blackwell’s of Oxford!

Since 1879, Blackwell’s has been supplying and trading books to the University of Oxford — it started as a local family business and quickly evolved into the hub of all student books, both for leisure and for school. This is just a dreamy bookstore — it’s old, it’s small, and it’s packed full of all kinds of books, new and old, to pique your interests. I remember getting some special anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series here, to finding unique books and critical essays regarding anything I wanted to study about Shakespeare. They really have it all.

Blackwell’s is just another magical place in Oxford as a whole — there’s inspiring and invigorating something in the air here, and Blackwell’s certainly contributes to that. It’s a store you do not want to miss if you ever venture over into this part of the world!

✨Books Set In / Inspired By Oxford✨

  1. Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
    A lovely and charming tale of romance, exploring youth and satirizing academia.
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderful by Lewis Carroll
    YUP. He wrote this while in Oxford, with the garden (where she falls down the rabbit hole), inspired by a private garden attached to the side of Christ Church. It makes you appreciate this story even more.
  3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    This one is obviously, but so much of this series was both inspired by Oxford and filmed in Oxford. Scroll down below for a few of the famous locations that are seen in the movies!
  4. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkein
    J.R.R Tolkein studied at Exeter College at Oxford and his first poem, “Goblin’s Feet,” was published in 1915. Blackwell’s Oxford, as well as The Eagle and the Child Pub, were frequent and inspirational writing locations for Tolkein.
  5. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
    Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy takes place in multiple locations in parallel universes, but it has earned a reputation as ‘Oxford fiction’, because of the importance of an alternate version of Oxford in the first book, The Northern Lights.
Christ Church College, Oxford (and the location of the first Professor McGonagall meeting in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
University College, Oxford

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