Glencoe

On our way up to Glencoe we camped for a night on the shore of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest stretch of inland water. Here’s the view from our tent. It looks like we’re adrift!
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From a resort across the lake the house band was playing a rock version of Gangnam Style. We cringed ourselves to sleep.

Next day we bussed up to Glencoe, and Ryan sketched it straight away. Also, his hat looks like a donut.
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We asked around for the filming location of Hagrid’s hut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and were eventually directed up a hillside, “just about a hundred yards that way, where the trees come down.” Such imprecise coordinates led us in strange loops for quite a while. We questioned every flat, fern-feathered patch of ground. Is this it? Finally we crested a rise and it was unmistakable. Here was the location of the hut!
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Hagrid met us and showed us around.
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We were able to stand right on Hagrid’s doorstep, wobble along the bridge to nowhere, and witness Hermione punching Draco!… Well, maybe not exactly… The entire filming set since filming in 2003 has since been dismantled, but with the help of photos, video clips, and guidebooks, we were able to figure out the camera angles, including the scene with Harry and Lupin on the bridge, which was also shot here.
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Karen snuck around in the Forbidden Forest with Harry and Hermione.
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Ryan tried to blend in.
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The view from Hagrid’s Hut.
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We scurried around on that mountainside for a couple hours, imagining the production ten years ago. How cool!

We hiked around more along the River Coe, for which the glen is named, and Karen found a seat carved in a stump and gave a toast to the great day of discovery, with her pint….of milk.
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