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JK Rowling's he(art) connection

The author sought inspiration from the National Galleries of Scotland while writing the Potter series.

books Updated: Apr 18, 2007 18:52 IST

English author J.K. Rowling visited Scotland’s national art collection in an effort to cope with her only serious case of writer's block while writing the Harry Potter series.

The author went to the National Galleries of Scotland in a "desperate and random measure" to seek inspiration, but, the tour left her feeling depressed, reports the Scotsman. Rowling has written about her life as an author in a short but enlightening introduction to Reading Round Edinburgh, a guide to children's books set in the city.

The brilliantly illustrated book showcases Greyfriars Bobby and the streets that motivated Robert Louis Stevenson's eerie classic, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Memories of Edinburgh "leap out of the pages of Harry Potter for me", Rowling writes, "the places I wrote particular chapters and passages; where I despaired of ever having another idea; where I experienced all the delights and the frustrations of living in a fictional world."

But while the city has many "Potteresque vistas", she cannot indicate to particular buildings or streets indicated in her books.

First Published: Apr 18, 2007 18:10 IST