Harry Potter’s Grave becomes Tourist Site in Israel

Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Harry Potter Tombstone in Ramla, Israel (AP Photo/Moti Milord)
No, not that Harry Potter. This Harry Potter, of Birmingham, England, served in the British Army and was stationed in Israel, where he was killed, at the age of 18, on July 22, 1939, during an ambush by anti-colonial Arab rebels. Despite not being the fictional hero of J. K. Rowling’s enormously successful novels, Potter’s grave in the Commonwealth Cemetery in Ramla has become quite the tourist attraction, thanks in part to the local tourist board’s promotion of it.
The cemetery, which contains the remains of 4,500 British soldiers killed during the two World Wars and the period in between, is located in an industrial zone and can be visited six days a week.
Potter’s last letter to his parents, which arrived the day after they learned of his death, began, “Dear Mother, I am getting on alright. I expect to be home for Christmas. If I am not, it is a bit of bad luck.”
-David Wallechinsky, Noel Brinkerhoff


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