By Alicia Ballard
Books are probably the only true source of magic in our world, they allow us to travel without ever leaving our houses. They show us sights that we would never think possible, they are doors into other worlds. Yet, some readers want more than their traveling mind. They wish to step through the looking glass, or find the lone door on the beach. They wish to be swept away on an adventure, far away from their real life troubles.
Our world can be a bit more magical than we tend to realize. Here we will discuss three magical places to visit found in books.
Following a yellow stuffed Pooh Bear to the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England you will find the real life Hundred Acre Woods. A A Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh often took his young son, Christopher Robin Milne, and his Pooh Bear doll named “Edward” to the forest. The forest was also used as inspiration by artist E H Shepard when illustrating the books.
Harry Potter is one of the most successful and popular children’s series to date. Many children wished and dreamed of receiving their own Hogwarts Letter via Owl. Yet, you don’t need an invitation to visit this magical site. Again, traveling to England, the King’s Cross Station plays an important role as containing the hidden platform to the Hogwarts Express. You can visit Platform 9 3/4, unfortunately the wall is solid.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” This is the opening line to The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien. Such lush and beautiful land such as Hobbiton may seem like a dreamy fantasy, but you can visit the set in beautiful New Zealand.
“Already he was a very different hobbit from the one that had run out without a pocket-handkerchief from Bag-End long ago.”
Books have the power to change us, to inspire us and lead us on wild adventures. Even though we may not travel with magical creatures by our side, we do travel with them as we chase adventure both inside our books and out in our world.