The Young Tourists


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

This is our stop.

Are you sure?

Of course.  Look – there it is!

That ruined castle on the hill?

It looks like ruins to you.  That’s just so curious Muggles can’t find it.

But we’re….


I don’t know.  It doesn’t look like the movies.

Of course not.  Hollywood changed it all and everything.  Need to keep the tourists away.

Like us?  We’re not wanted.

Don’t worry, I have a plan…  Let’s go.


Aren’t they cute?

Yeah, like the thousands of others since Harry Potter.

You’re just being cranky.

Right.  Hurry, nobody’s looking, let’s say the spell and enter.


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo © Sandra Crook.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

39 thoughts on “The Young Tourists

  1. patriciaruthsusan

    Good story in dialogue, Trent. I’ve read they have a trip on a Hogwarts Express for tourists. Its destination is where else, Scotland. I also think it’s wonderful the series is printed in Braille. :) — Suzanne

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  2. Margaret

    Hollywood has magic power too, it seems. Love the dialogue. I’m just discovering the Hogwarts world, thanks to my 13 year old grandson, who reads to us from wherever he’s up to in the Harry Potter books. He’s reading them in Braille.

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  3. bearmkwa

    Harry Potter was the first thing I thought of when I saw the photo this morning. But, it was so obvious that I was certain everyone would be writing the same…and well, I’m not known for playing the same beat as everyone else… hahah, or any beat…snorting laughter. Love your story. Us muggles didn’t even see the castle this morning. Need coffeee!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was the obvious choice, but I figured I was early enough that I wouldn’t be copying too many people ;) I occasionally go for the obvious, but for the most part I dance to a different rhythm section…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! There is something about that train and the landscape – well, I don’t see many steam trains and the landscape in the movies is similar. I think it is when people take it, or any book or movie, too seriously is when the troubles start ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Movie and book tourism is funny and can turn half sane people into complete idiots, though I do understand The Lord of the Rings – I hear New Zealand is gorgeous, with or without hobbits.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Rochelle. I think the big thing to know about Harry Potter is that a lot of people think it is real and are off to discover the truth… There is also something about the photo that reminds me of the movies.



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