Google Maps Out the Fictional World of Harry Potter [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 3:31pm EDT

Diagon Alley from Harry Potter can now be seen on Google Maps’ Street View.

  • Photo: GooglePhoto: Google
  • Photo: GooglePhoto: Google

A good piece of news for those who didn’t have a chance to get into the world’s most popular school af magic: now you have opportunity to visit the Wizarding World’s main drag, Diagon Alley, from the comfort of your desk as Google added the set of Diagon Alley to Google Street View.

Now muggles can skip the trip to England and make a virtual visit to the cobblestone streets from the comfort of their own desk, reports The Huffington Post.

Harry Potter fans will notice the features, thoroughly described in the same-named films. It took the films’ team six months to create the 20,000 objects and packages that now can be spotted inside the windows of the virtual shops.

By the way, this is not the first time the Internet searching giant has decided to map out an outlandish location.

It’s also known for its Amazon Rainforest from Street View. Besides, the Google crew has recently added Battleship Island to their maps—the location that inspired Javier Bardem’s hideout in the James Bond movie Skyfall.

But Diagon Alley is the first fictional location Google has ever mapped.

The news comes a day after reports surfaced of a Chinese Harry Potter who has conjured up a personal fortune after creating an online “spell” emporium, earning about £109,000 each month.

Luo Shun launched his “business” last year and has since become extremely popular among those who seek paranormal solutions to their distinctly terrestrial problems.

“Writing spells is a sacred thing,” Mr Luo, 31, told reporters. “[You must] calm your heart, shower and change clothes [and] be guided by the Holy Spirit.”

“I witnessed many quite mysterious scenes and I wanted to find the answers,” Mr Luo added, revealing that he had studied feng shui with “experts”.

And now Mr Luo has earned respect from clients who hoped to find love, atone for sins or improve relations with their relatives and friends.

The 31-year-old had initially seemed to become linked to a career in accounting. However, after two years at the Changsha University of Science and Technology he left the course, believing that his future lay in the ancient Chinese art of feng shui.

“The internet spreads information fastest … so I chose Taobao to sell my spells,” explained the man, whose site now offers more than 160 different spells or products.

Last month the online shop sold 2,825 spells, and the extra popular item has become a £33 love charm.

The list of the offered spells includes such names as: “The [build] good relationship between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law spell, improves relations between the two” or “The abortion atonement spell: a spell for driving away the evil spirits [caused by abortion] and soothing the baby’s spirit.”

The now-rich Chinese refused to reveal how much money he was now making but vowed to channel his wealth into philanthropy.

“If I really become rich in the future I will build a football field in my hometown where there is no football field yet [and] open it free of charge for the kids to play on. Or [I will] build a primary school where the kids can develop according to their own interests – or perhaps build a Taoist temple.”

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