This map plots the settings and references in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Scotland
The Scottish Highlands
Creative Commons AttributionThe Scottish Highlands - Credit: Laurent Espitallier
Edinburgh
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeEdinburgh - Credit: Alan Ford

J.K. Rowling was living in Edinburgh when she wrote the first Harry Potter book. So it is to be expected that she set the wizard school, Hogwarts, in Scotland. A beautiful country, filled with mountains, lakes (lochs) and forests, it makes a wonderful setting for the magical castle that serves as boarding school for witches and wizards.

Scotland is part of the United Kingdom. The capital city is Edinburgh, an important historical, cultural and financial centre.

The flag of Scotland dates back to the 9th century and is one of the oldest national flags still in use today. It is known as the Saltire, or St. Andrew's Cross.

 

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Creative Commons AttributionEilean Donan Castle, Scotland - Credit: conner395, Flickr