Dec 9, 2010
The grave of Private Harry Potter in Israel has become one of Israel’s top tourist attractions thanks to the fact he shares his name with the world’s most famous wizard.
The real Harry Potter left his family’s home in Kidderminster to join the army in Birmingham in 1938. And he died in Israel in 1939 during an uprising.
Ken Potter, 77, was just six years old when his elder brother was ambushed and killed.
"Harry has never left our thoughts," said the former greengrocer, from Kidderminster, "I remember a policeman came to our door to give mum and dad the news. They were very upset but we didn’t really know what was happening. We were just young kids and all I was bothered about at that time was going and playing. "
But despite his late brother and the boy wizard sharing the same name, Ken admits he has never watched the films.
And he said, "It was my sister’s son who first found out about the interest in his grave about three years ago while on the internet. We couldn’t believe people visit his grave, but apparently they come from miles around to have their photo taken next to it."
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