Mag­i­cal Scot­land

Take a trip around this Bri­tish coun­try to cel­e­brate 20 years of Pot­ter magic.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel -

ON the 20th an­niver­sary of the very first Harry Pot­ter book, the na­tional tourist of­fice VisitS­cot­land has put to­gether an itin­er­ary cov­er­ing the lo­ca­tions which in­spired JK Rowl­ing to pen her best-sell­ing se­ries.

The books -- which went on to be films star­ring a lit­tle wizard with round glasses – were born out of JK Rowl­ing's love of Scot­land. The first book in the se­ries, Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher's Stone, was pub­lished in June 1997. It was writ­ten in var­i­ous cafes in Ed­in­burgh city cen­tre.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the trip be­gins in the Scot­tish cap­i­tal. Its me­dieval ar­chi­tec­ture trans­ports fans back to a time of witch­craft and wiz­ardry. There are two cafes on the itin­er­ary, Ele­phant House (where JK Rowl­ing spent hours writ­ing Harry's story, look­ing up from time to time to con­tem­plate Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle) and Spoon.

The mag­i­cal tour con­tin­ues by car or train in the di­rec­tion of Fort Wil­liam. On the way, you'll see Ran­noch Moor, a vast wilder­ness where the Death Eaters board the train in the film Harry Pot­ter and The Deathly Hal­lows Part 1. This is also an op­por­tu­nity to visit Glas­gow, whose Gothic-style build­ings are sim­i­lar to Hog­warts School.

One of the high­lights of the trip is the Ja­co­bite Steam Train, which brings the mag­i­cal at­mos­phere of the se­ries to life. Start­ing in Fort Wil­liam and end­ing in Mal­laig, fans will re­live scenes from the films on the Hog­warts Ex­press. The train crosses the Scot­tish coun­try­side on the West High­land Line.

The trip ends on the fourth day in the High­lands where VisitS­cot­land rec­om­mends vis­it­ing Steall Falls, a beau­ti­ful cas­cad­ing wa­ter­fall fea­tured in The Goblet of Fire. – AFP Re­laxnews

The part of the trip by train will re­mind fans of the scenes on­board the Hog­warts Ex­press. — AFP

A statue in­spired by the Trans­form­ers fran­chise in front of Ban Hun Lek. — AFP

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