|Deb and Big Ben can’t wait for Potter tour!|
We started by the Thames at the Parliament buildings for our first Potter locale. My picture is waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy far off as I am using my iphone for this trip in an effort to keep it simple. This farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry offffffffffffyyyyyyyyyyy photo shows the bridge from Prisoner of Azkaban where the triple-decker bus had to squeeze for its life between two other buses. Next stop was the tube turnstiles at Westminster where Ron couldn’t get his ticket through. Next stop was my back is killing me and I have pins and needles down my left leg. Try to figure out what film that was from!
Triple-decker bus escape!
|Ron can’t get through the turnstiles.|
Moving on with the real Potter tour, we went to 10 Downing Street, which as you know is the residence of the Prime Minister. Our guide recalled for us a scene in the Half Blood Prince where the Prime Minister heard a cough from a painting that ended up being a message from the Ministry of Magic appearing in the fireplace.
Scotland Yard. Harry, Hermione and Ron try to sneak in to M of M!
|Death Eaters would not dare show their faces on such a fine day!|
|He Who Must Not Be Named has found another gig, clearly!|
|Guy in green is standing where Ron peeked around looking for danger.|
Scotland Yard supplied our next Potter location with Ron peeking around looking out for enemies and the phone box appearing under the stone overpass as they dialed the number 62442, which our guide pointed out translates to MAGIC. Next stop: Trafalgar Square where the Death Eaters flew menacingly, threatening London and the world.
|10 Downing Street-Ministry of Magic needed more than ever!|
|The phone booth magically appears|
The last spot we visited was a wonderful little alley of bookshops, which was actually suggested to me by Barb’s friend. This was the alley that inspired Diagon Alley! So wonderful, I browsed for an hour after the tour.
finished the tour with a fact that you may well know but I did not. When J.K.
Rowling finished the first book she submitted it by her name which is Joanne
Rowling. Her publisher told her that her book could be a big hit with boys but
it would not be if she published it under a woman’s name and suggested she do
initials. So she kept the J, and took her Grandmother’s name of Katherine. Wow,
never changes for women, does it?
|J.K.'s model for Diagon Alley|
After the tour I had a bite and went to the National Portrait Gallery, which was amazing. They had an exhibit featuring the “first actresses” which was as fine an exhibit as I have ever seen. The main feature for me was the actress “Sarah Siddons” who was one of the few actresses at the time who did not rise to her status from the brothel. I also had no idea she was a real person as I had figured they made up the name “The Sarah Siddons Society” in the movie “All About Eve”. Exquisite portraits in this gallery.
The Early Actress series
Stunning oil portrait of two loving brothers who happen to be princes.
I could have spent days but my back and the time would not allow. Damn White Rabbit reminding me that I had to get to my husband’s show. Which I did and which was great. I think it is going to be a big hit, so stay tuned. That’s it from London for tonight. I’m your correspondent Deb McGrath signing off.
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