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Finding Hogwarts
Harry Potter fans will enjoy this entertaining article which connects the dots between J.K. Rowling's magical world and the beautiful (and, some say, haunted) old city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

J.K. Rowling was known to frequent a little café in Edinburgh called the Elephant House when she first began writing the Harry Potter series. At my daughter’s insistence, the two of us stopped there for coffee and tea several years ago on our first visit to the University of Edinburgh, where she’ll begin her 3rd year of studies just a few days from now. We didn’t request a particular table at the time, but after the waitress seated us, several small groups of kids shyly approached us and ceremoniously patted our table before running away in a fit of giggles. This video shows J.K. Rowling sitting at that very table. The window next to the table looks out on Edinburgh Castle, which bears a striking resemblance to Hogwarts. I attempted to combine the two for the illustration above.
"I was going on a train from Manchester to London and I was looking out of the window at some cows, I believe, and I just thought: 'Boy doesn't know he's a wizard – goes off to wizard school.' I have no idea where it came from. I think the idea was floating along the train and looking for someone and my mind was vacant enough so it decided to zoom in there."
–J.K. Rowling
Stephen Fry interview, June, 2003
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Google's original name… was "BackRub." • It’s official... J.K. Rowling is now more popular than Shakespeare. • J.K. Rowling became the first person to become a billionaire by writing books. However, she also lost her billionaire status because she donated so much money to charity! • Yes, there's a movie about the Helvetica typeface (as well there should be!). • When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. His nurse didn't understand German. • In April of 2002, the Muppet known as Elmo… testified before Congress. • Cartoons lie: Elephants don't like peanuts (and other fun facts about elephants.)
"But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
–J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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"They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end."
–Robert McCammon
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  • SIZE: Artwork is 8 x 10 inches, matted to 5 x 7 inches (fits in 8 x 10 inch frame).
  • EDITION: Artist proof.
  • MATERIALS: Hand-signed, limited edition, Giclée fine art print with 8-ply gallery board mat (matted, but unframed).
  • PAPER: Printed on Hahnemuhle William Turner — a 310g, acid-free, natural white, mould-made paper with 100% rag content (highly archival).
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Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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