Today, I want to give a very special greeting to all the numerous followers and fans of Harry Potter!
It’s 20th Anniversary of the first book of the saga.
As perhaps everyone already know, her writer, J.K. Rowling, was born in England, in the county of Gloucestershire. She moved to Edinburgh in 1994, where she has found an incredible source of inspiration for her books and her life changed forever.
At the beginning, J.K. Rowling, used to write on the first floor of a coffee place, located at the corner of Nicholson and Drummond Street. For the modest price of a cup of coffee, she was allowed to spend the day there. She wrote, accompanied by her little daughter and thus take advantage of the heating to withstand the harsh Scottish winters. Today, there is a commemorative plaque at the entrance of this place.
The area of the city with more influence in his career, undoubtedly is the area around the Greyfriars Kirk. It is precisely the graveyard itself that has served as a basis for writing the scene of the duel between Harry Potter and Voldemort, taking place in a similar environment in “Harry Potter and the goblet of fire.”
Inside this place, we can find tombs with the names of some of its characters, like Thomas Riddell, who inspired the birth name of Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle) and the one of the Poet William McGonagall, in which it was inspired by the name of the Professor, Head of Gryffindor House and Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall.
From this graveyard we can see the OZ Bar, at the intersection of Merchant and Candlemaker Row streets, where the writer also used to spend the days writing, always with her little daughter, just like The Elephant House, on the street George IV Bridge, which also enjoys the privilege of having welcomed this writer in its early days, at a table located in the back of this cafe, by the window, where she was able to enjoy of the magnificent view of Edinburgh Castle.
At the back of the Greyfriars Kirk, is the George Heriot School, on Laurinston Place. Its architecture is a remarkable work of the 17th century Scottish Renaissance. Most of its stone carving was done by the King’s Master Mason, William Wallace.
Heriot, is a school dating from 1628. Donated by George Heriot, the famous jeweller of King James VI and his wife, Queen Anne. Mr. Heriot’s idea was to provide quality education to orphans and children from poor families. Today it is a very exclusive and expensive school, where children from the wealthiest families of the United Kingdom attend, although orphans have access to full scholarship, thus maintaining the generous and altruistic spirit of their donor. This school is the place where Mrs. Rowling was inspired to create the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Although the beginnings of Mrs. Rowling’s career were very difficult and humble, she achieved a great success and fortune. Thanks to this, she finished writing her last book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in a room at the Balmoral Hotel, one of the most expensive and prestigious in Edinburgh, where she still resides.
In gratitude and recognition, she has a place at The Writer’s Museum and yesterday June 26, 2017; it was held an exhibition at the Edinburgh Library with all of her works and some other elements, such as 2 owls that could be pet by the public.
Facebook also joined the celebrations by making sparkling, animated fireworks appearing on the screen, every time someone wrote Harry Potter.
Would you like going to Edinburgh to follow the footsteps of Harry Potter’s writer? Did you celebrate in any particular way this anniversary?
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Thanks and until the next time!