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The Rock-itt : January 2014
<> <> b By The Rock-itt’s Mister Movies.. Robert Florczak Visit....http://wwwrobertflorczak.com Pictures as they were on location 2001 As they are now 13 years later J.K. Rowlings couldn't have kn own that her idea for a fantasy novel about a young wizar d and his friends would draw millions upon millions of readers and viewers, but that idea eventually turned into the biggest selling literary series and highest grossing film series in history. Planning a driving tour of the British Isles with my young son and daughter, I asked them what particular sights they would like me to include in the itinerar y. Both had their own individual wishes from Beatrix Potter's Hilltop home to the eerie Loch Ness in northern Scotland. But one wish they together presented to me was to go to locations where scenes from the Harry Potter movies had been film ed. A splendid choice! While in London, it was a must that we search out Platform 9 3/4, the magical launching point for the characters' train trip to H ogworts school of wizar dry. Though the train station at Kings Cross now has section s set aside for tourists looking for the same spot as we, they are not actually in the film and my kids wan ted the real thing. Movie Locations Then and Now Pressing a particularly congenial conductor for an accur ate location, he l ed us to a platform that my kids immediately recognized, right down to the brick wall from the film. In a bit of theatricality themselves, they had me photograph them with their hands magically "disappearing" into the wall. Such little hams! Far ther north, just before the border of Scotland on the east coast, is th e medieval town of Alnwick. The castle, which was begun in 1096, is a haunting specim en of 11th century architecture, and an understan dable choice for the filming of scenes from a fantasy adventur e stor y. The book described the students of Hogwor ts learning how to play Quidditch--a game that required the deft flying on wooden br ooms. I hadn't particularly recalled that scene in th e film, but upon entering the grassy courtyard of the castle, my kids recognize it as the location of the Quidditch lesson. In a rare rever sal of roles, they instructed me how to set up the replicated scene, with them standing opposite each other just as the students had in the film. I took their word an d snapped away. When we eventually returned home, I looked up the scene and, sure enough, they were right. Perhaps someday they'll continue my hobby and begin photographing their own Then & Now pictures of films to come!