Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Harry Potter Travel

I just can't resist sharing these photos my daughter took on a recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Friends and customers know what Harry Potter fans we are in our household, so of course my daughter, who is currently studying in London, had to go visit the coffee shop where J. K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter. Doesn't it look like a comfortable place to sit and write?

Speaking of writing, you've got to love all of the Harry Potter inspired graffiti on a bathroom wall in the cafe, and the nearby graveyard with a gravestone for a certain Tom Riddell. Apparently, J.K. Rowling discovered the names of quite a few of her other characters on the gravestones there as well, from Potter to McGonagal to Granger.

What a thrill for my daughter, who grew up with Harry Potter, to see these in person and to learn that inspiration and opportunity are all around you.

Earlier this year, the whole family met in London and found some Harry Potter sites in Oxford, including the dining hall, the hospital and the big old tree from the Goblet of Fire. Finally, the kids couldn't resist a goofy pose at the fake Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station in London.

If any families are planning a trip to the U.K. and want some more Harry Potter travel trips, just stop in The Bookstore on a Friday, and we can have a fun chat.


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