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A few weeks ago, Budget Travel asked me to write an article for their website, sort of a “travel guide” to locales in the Harry Potter world. The guide is now live on their site. I think you’ll enjoy it, so wander over and take a look.


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  • aillinne

    Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!

  • Amazing, Steve. My favorite part is this:

    “Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.”

  • Jayni D.

    Steve, this is fabulous!!! Interesting and funny, it keeps your attention where most travel guides do not. I love it!

    One tiny thing I disagree with, though…I think Quidditch is more like basketball than football (either American or English).

  • sugarloaf

    fab, very funny, i have one question, how do you know 1 galleon is £5? I have wondered about the sterling/galleon exchange rate for years!!

  • Bandersnatch

    Really spectacular, Steve!

  • Hi sugarloaf!
    See this Lexicon page Wizard Money for more information, but the short answer is… Jo said in an interview it was about 5 pounds, and figures in the introduction of QA and FB agree. Note the “price” of the schoolbooks printed on the back covers is wrong, a fabrication of the publishers, and not canon. You might enjoy playing with our Currency Converter too! 🙂

  • Laurel

    Wow, that’s just amazing. Congrats for getting all these great “gigs”.

  • My favourite part:
    “Travelers would do best to remember that some magical creatures communicate only with grunts, shrieks, mournful howls, or great bouts of flame.”
    Wonderful, Steve! So funny!

  • sugarloaf

    thanks belinda, am new to this site and had’nt stumbled across the wizarding money page until you suggested it. it has laid many arguments in this house to rest 🙂 fantastic site – well done all – and thank you!!!

  • Beatrice

    Finally got the opportunity to read this. It’s great!

  • hamburglar

    Entertaining, although it is _the_ High Street, not High Street http://www.budgettravelonline.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2007/06/13/AR2007061301485.html Don’t know if that was your typo or theirs.

  • Yes, I know it’s ‘the High Street’ and that’s what I wrote. The editors at Budget Travel changed it in one place but left it correct in another. I didn’t have final approval of the text, unfortunately, or there are a couple of other editing mistakes I’d have corrected. Oh well.

  • hamburglar

    🙁 Oh well. I feel better knowing you knew 🙂 Nice writing.

  • And now it’s fixed. I sent an email to my editor yesterday and asked if there was any chance for that to be repaired and she emailed me back and said she’d taken care of it. One more nice thing about the Internet…it’s editable.

    Thanks again for you comments.

  • hamburglar

    😀 Like a slow version of Wikipedia… I do like the way you haven’t made it ‘wacky’, just calmly descriptive. Much funnier.