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Harry Potter tourism drive

Press Release   •   Jun 23, 2017 09:18 BST

Lauren Walker from the Scottish Owl Centre at Kinneil House with snowy owl Fetlar – the type of bird made famous by Hedwig – and a Ford Anglia seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Picture: James Glossop/VisitScotland

A Ford Anglia seen flying over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets has touched down in Bo’ness to help Fetlar the snowy owl launch VisitScotland’s first ever Harry Potter holiday itinerary.

The online guide has been created ahead of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – the first of JK Rowling’s seven bestselling books about the boy wizard – which was first published on 26 June 1997.

Using the itinerary, fans of Harry, Ron and Hermione can enjoy a magical four-day tour of Scotland, starting in Edinburgh, where Rowling wrote the first and last novels in the series, and finishing in Glen Coe, which forms the stunning backdrop to the movies The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire.

It also includes a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train, the real-life Hogwarts Express which can be seen crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

To celebrate the itinerary launch, one of the Ford Anglia 105Es used in the 2002 movie was at Kinneil House – a Historic Environment Scotland property – along with five-year-old Fetlar, a snowy owl similar to Harry’s beloved pet Hedwig.

The car is on display at Bo’ness Motor Museum, alongside such gems as James Bond’s Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and Del Boy’s Reliant Robin from Only Fools and Horses, while Fetlar can be visited at the

Scottish Owl Centre

Among its many feathered residents, the Centre is also home to Oulu – a 15-year-old Great Grey and real-life sister of Errol, Ron Weasley’s hapless bird who also features in The Chamber of Secrets.

Other locations on the itinerary include:

  • The Elephant House, Edinburgh – the coffee house where JK Rowling wrote much of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • The Balmoral, Edinburgh – where the author penned the final book of the series, The Deathly Hallows
  • Rannoch Moor, Highlands – the mysterious place where Death Eaters board the train in the movieHarry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Loch Shiel, Highlands – the loch which doubles for the Black Lake in the film series
  • Steall Falls, Highlands – a beautiful cascading waterfall that features inThe Goblet of Fire,when Harry faces down a Hungarian Horntail dragon in the Triwizard Tournament
  • Clachaig Inn, Glen Coe, Highlands – the inn next door to the site of Hagrid’s Hut in The Prisoner of Azkaban

Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland, said: “Harry Potter is a truly global phenomenon that has brought joy to millions of people of all ages over the last two decades. As ‘the birthplace of Harry Potter’, Scotland boasts numerous locations associated with the bestselling books and the blockbuster movies. Our handy new online itinerary allows fans to follow in the footsteps of JK Rowling as well as the boy wizard himself and enjoy a magical tour of Scotland.”

To view the full itinerary, click here:

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