Sunday, November 13, 2011

Dobby the House Elf Named after Edinburgh Business

Scotland on Sunday
13 November 2011

Driver’s tall tale casts a Harry Potter spell on tourists

By Shân Ross

IT PROMISES to be a magical experience that transports tourists into the mind of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Thousands of visitors taken to a garden centre on the edge of Edinburgh are being told that it provided the name for one of the most popular characters in Rowling’s mega-selling set of Potter novels.

But Scotland on Sunday can reveal that what has become an urban legend now being publicised by a number of tour companies -- that Dobby the House Elf was named after Dobbies the business -- was made up by an Edinburgh bus driver and guide. [...]