• 'Harry Potter' grave in Israel attracting tourists

    2010-11-19

    An otherwise unremarkable grave in the Israeli town of Ramle has recently attracted tourist attention due to the fact that the name on the headstone reads "Harry Potter".

    AOL Travel reports that the Harry Potter buried in Ramle is actually a British soldier who died in battle after being sent to Palestine in 1939. Fans of the Harry Potter book and movie franchise in Israel and abroad are not dismayed by this and have begun flocking to the site.

    Though the small town does not keep track of visitor numbers, local tour groups say that business is booming, and the town has recently begun to advertise itself to tourists based on the grave's growing fame.

    Ron Peled, a local tour guide who regularly brings groups to see the grave, said "There is no connection with the Harry Potter we know from literature, but the name sells, the name is marketable."

    A similar attraction is located halfway around the world in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where a gravesite reads "J. Dawson," a name some may recognize as "Jack Dawson" from James Cameron's movie "Titanic". In that case, however, it was the grave site that reportedly inspired the character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 film.


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