Date: 6th August 2001
Boy wizard HARRY POTTER is to help the Britain's tourist industry following the foot-and-mouth crisis. The BRITISH TOURIST AUTHORITY (BTA) is to publish a "Potter map of Britain", which will point out key places from the books and the forthcoming film, harry potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
The map hopes to create a Potter-trail around Britain, which will bring thousands of extra tourists to locations around the country. Among the most important places on the map will be the cloisters at GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL, which was chosen to represent HOGWARTS SCHOOL in the film. JO LESLIE, a spokesman for the BTA, says the map will be distributed worldwide.
She says, "We believe Harry Potter can bring a lot of tourists to Britain. The film is probably going to be even bigger than the books and generate huge interest in Harry Potter around the world. We intend to capitalise on that. " (RP/WNWCAN)