"My Great Uncle Algie kept trying to catch me off my guard and force some magic out of me -- he pushed me off the end of Blackpool pier once, I nearly drowned"
-- Neville Longbottom (PS7)
There are now three separate piers at Blackpool, on the northwestern coast of England on the Irish Sea. The North Pier, however, was once referred to as Blackpool pier, and for nearly 150 years has been an entertainment center, now featuring a theatre, shops, restaurants, and bars. Apparently the Longbottoms have visited, for this was where Neville as a young boy was pushed off the end of the pier by his Great Uncle Algie to try to “force magic out of him”; he nearly drowned (PS7).