Hogwarts Inspiration

Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland.

DSC_1816, originally uploaded by Zeus Ocean Storm.

Allegedly, an inspirational component in JKRowling’s creation. That and the rest of the Edinburgh skyline and culture. But this post is not a comparitive analysis. Why not?

While I have seen several of the Harry Potter films, I have yet to read any, yes – any, of the Harry Potter books. Most likely because I generally do not respond well with populist and pulp productions. That goes for books, movies and television – the three most prevalent presentations. Case in point, the book that I am reading right now, A Son of Thunder by Henry Mayer, was copyrighted in 1991. But I digress.

I am going to read them. Why now?

I have been on the fence, wife and both adult children have read the series and are are quivering with impatience for the next movie. (I have seen several of the movies, staying awake through most of them.) Adult daugher has even authored a fan fiction book using the HP character set.

Also, a passing interest generated from being in Edinburgh last year. The tour director pointed out the places where JKR started writing the series and the place that influenced the architecture of Hogwarts.

But I have so many other books in the round to it pile.

I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself.
J. K. Rowling
British fantasy author


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