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I really need to research before I set something somewhere. I… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I really need to research before I set something somewhere. I guessed properly that there would be cliffs leading to the sea in the Orkneys, but, er, according to Wikipedia, the islands are notable for their lack of trees, which kind of rules out the trees behind Lupin's little shack. Though I did find out that there are several uninhabited ones, so that's a plus, as a wizard with no money might still find something close to the sea, as long as it's not on an island inhabited by Muggles already. Maybe he's on the Isle of Drear with the Hairy MacBoons. ;)
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atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: February 28th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Other than the trees, your description is pretty good though. I've been on holiday there a couple of times now and it's the kind of wild, bleak place that I'm sure Remus would love. The only other thing I would say is that an Orkney house would be unlikely to have a porch, and extremely unlikely to have a wooden one (for obvious reasons). The houses there tend to be squat, stone built things with very thick walls - the winds in the winter are something vicious.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 28th, 2005 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took out the woods, but the porch kind of has to be there for the action. Maybe Remus added it himself as a place to sit and watch the sunset or something. ;)

I kind of expect that it wasn't a building meant to be lived in--his landlady is the one who he's still paying off in Shifts--so it's probably not all that well insulated against the wind. Which, yeah, just looking at a map, let alone pictures, it looked like it would be windy and bitter. The sea sounds a bit exciting around there as well, what with currents strong enough to frequently for whirlpools.

(Adds to list of places to see. In the summertime.)
atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: February 28th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough - I'm sure Remus is up to making a few wizardly modifications should he feel moved to do so :)

If you ever get the chance to go to Orkney you should jump at it. The islands are one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland - I really, really love it there. But the summertime would definitely be the best plan. If nothing else you get to take full advantage of the long hours of daylight. The last time I was there, in August 2003, the sun wasn't setting until about 10.30 at night.
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