Graveyards and Coffee Shops by Ali Shuart

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Let me preface this post by saying I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world, but after going to the Harry Potter Experience in Leavesden I had a whole new appreciation for the series. Needless to say I had no idea J.K. Rowling wrote the books in Edinburgh until we came here earlier this week. This morning we visited her three sites of inspiration: Greyfriars Graveyard, The Elephant House, and Spoon café. It was amazing to see where the magic of Harry Potter came to life and how it was influenced by everything around her.

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Since I did not know much about J.K. Rowling it was surprising to hear about her life from my classmates. I had no idea she was dirt poor when she started writing these books and a single mother. Now she is worth about one billion dollars and is one of the most famous people in the world. Yesterday at BBC Ian mentioned the importance of imagination because technology is rapidly changing and while we have the hardware people do not have the ideas or creativity. On our self-guided tour this morning Sue reiterated how there is inspiration everywhere and J.K. Rowling took advantage of this. This goes along with what Ian was saying to stop and think and have your imagination take you somewhere new. This is hard for us because we constantly have technology to give us answers and distract us from just thinking. People do not like to be alone with their thoughts, but if you have the potential to make millions of dollars because of a few hours of thinking then why not? J.K. Rowling did it because her train was delayed four hours.

IMG_2694It is easy to become absorbed in the latest things happening on Facebook and Instagram. We live in a technologically driven world and there is no stopping this, but some of the greatest things come out of the silence of our minds. J.K. Rowling had a rough start, but she is now one of the most admirable authors. This just goes to show how anyone can find success if we just stop to think and engage with the world around us.IMG_2695

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