Monday, March 14, 2016

A Little Something For Harry Potter Fans!

Heya everyone. 

So this week has been..... well let's just say kinda would've rather not had the beginning of the week but hey we learn from experience don't we. 

So this week we are sorry to say that Maxine will not be getting baptized as she is no longer investigating. 

Also we weren't able to see Lilly during the week to teach so just been busy finding.

Had a funny (at least looking back now it is) experience where we were early to one of our appointments we set up with a potential while chapping and as we got there to chap around we saw the women leave her home and walk down the street with a friend a good 10 min before our appointment. Didn't really find anyone while out chapping but we still always have a good ole time doing it, haha :)

Monday we got permission for Jack to take us into Edinburgh where we went to one of the Museums which was pretty cool. 

We also got to see the statue of Gray Friar Bobby's dog and went around the cemetery where Gray Friar Bobby is.


In the cemetery is actually the grave of Thomas Riddell who J. K. Rowling got inspiration for Tom Riddle in Harry Potter so obviously I got pics of that.


Take care of yourselves and God Bless!

Love yous all,

Elder Tarbet (Wolverine)

Pictures from visit to Greyfriars 





One of Edinburgh's most famous churches, Greyfriars Kirk was built on the site of a Franciscan friary and opened for worship on Christmas Day 1620. Surrounding the church, Greyfriars Kirkyard is one of Edinburgh's most evocative cemeteries, a peaceful green oasis dotted with elaborate monuments. Many famous Edinburgh names are buried here, including the poet Allan Ramsay (1686–1758), architect William Adam (1689–1748) and William Smellie (1740–95), the editor of the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

In 1638 the National Covenant was signed in the kirk, rejecting Charles I's attempts to impose episcopacy and a new English prayer book on the Scots, and affirming the independence of the Scottish Church. Many who signed were later executed at the Grassmarket and, in 1679, 1200 Covenanters were held prisoner in terrible conditions in the southwestern corner of the kirkyard. There's a small exhibition inside the church. (Read more:
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 The best-known version of the story is that Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a  night watchman. When John Gray died he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby then became know locally, spending the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave.

In 1867 Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers--who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animls--paid for Bobby's license, and gave the dog a collar now in the Museum of Edinburgh.
Bobby is said to have sat by the grave for 14 years. He died in 1872 and was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not farm from John Gray's grave.

A year later, the English philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts was charmed by the story and had a drinking fountain topped with Bobby's statue erected at junction of George IV Bridge and Canlemaker Row (opposite the entrance to the churchyard) to commemorate him!

Several books and films have since been based on Bobby's life, including the novel Greyfriars Bobby (1912) by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006). (Read more:

The Museum of Edinburgh, formerly known as Huntly House Museum, is a museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, housing a collection relating to the town's origins, history and legends. Exhibits include an original copy of the National Covenant signed at Greyfriars Kirk in 1638 and a reconstruction of Field Marshal Earl Haig's headquarters on the Western Front during the Great War, the latter exhibiting items bequeathed to the Museum.
Situated in the late 16th-century Huntly House on the Royal Mile, the museum is maintained by Edinburgh City Council. 


The grave of Thomas Riddell on Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
"Sacred to the Memory of Thomas Riddell Esq. of Befsborough, in the County of Berwick who died in Edinburgh on the Novm. 1806, aged 72 years. ALSO of Thomas Riddell Esq. his Son, Captain of the Regiment, who died at Trinidad in the West Indies on the Septm. 1802, aged 26 years. AND of Christian Riddell, his Daughter, who died in Edinburgh on the Oct, 1808, aged 31 years. ALSO Maira Jane Riddell, his daughter dies Sept. 1819 aged 47."

JK Rowling has previously said that the tombstone of Thomas Riddell Esquire in the famous Kirkyard may have subconsciously been the inspiration for nasally challenged Voldemort’s true name, since she often took strolls through the spot, which is overlooked by the Elephant House cafe, where she wrote several of the books.”

"The nearby gravestone of poet William McGonagall is also said to have offered inspiration for the name of Professor McGonagall, the head of og Gryffindor, while nearby George Heriot's school is claimed to be a template for Hogwarts." (The Edinburgh News,- Read more: 

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