|The Hogwarts Express train|
I watched the interview from British television with JK Rowling- "A Year in the Life", from 2007. You can watch the full show on You tube. It gives rare insight into who she was and how she came into writing the books that changed her entire life. After this, I was inspired to visit the places where she wrote while she lived in Edinburgh, and the buildings and people that inspired the storyline. We also took a day trip to the highlands of Glen Coe and Fort Williams, where they filmed much of the outdoor scenes. Seeing the viaduct and the train shown above were very interesting, as was seeing the peat bogs and foggy mist where Hagrid's hut had been. We didn't have much time to stop and take photos, but the stories and seeing those places firsthand were fun.
I'll include the BBC's documentary here so you can learn more about the author with a dark past who wrote her way into the homes of millions. Her books are available in 65 languages! I love that she says she wants to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.
|Tower Bridge on the Thames|
|Meeting place for the Potter Trail Walking Tour|
|Voldemort is reborn here|
|George Heriot's School- possible inspiration for Hogwart's|
|The Balmoral Hotel where she stayed and finished her 7th book in privacy|
|The Elephant House has a small sign in the window indicating she was there|