Harry Potter Fans Are Going To Love Scotland’s New £10 Notes!

Harry Potter fans are all abuzz with the announcement of a new 10 pound note to be released later this year.

The Bank of Scotland has unveiled a new design for the plastic/polymer note and featured on the reverse side of the note is a picture of the Glenfinnan Viaduct complete with a steam locomotive pulling a heritage tourist train. What makes the Glenfinnan Viaduct special for fans is that it was featured in four of the Harry Potter films. For the uninformed Harry Potter is the star of a series of fantasy novels written by the British author J.K. Rowling.

The novels follow the adventure of a young wizard, Harry Potter along with his close friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they battle against the evil Lord Voldemort. After the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone released in 1997, the novels have become immensely popular receiving critical acclaim and huge commercial success worldwide.

All the novels were made into films and such is their popularity that plans were announced to build a tourist attraction in the United Kingdom showcasing the Harry Potter film series. It will be a behind the scenes walking tour of authentic sets, costumes and props used in the films. Officially called the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, the attraction is located the Warner Bros. studios in Leavseden where all eight films were made.

For the Trainspotting enthusiast, the locomotive pulling the heritage train is a Stanier “Black 5”, a popular locomotive during the steam era. The front of the new note will remain largely unchanged with the portrait of Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott remaining alongside a picture of The Mound in Edinburgh.

The new plastic/polymer notes will feature the same security features as seen in the five pound note, these features include the anti-counterfeit window effect and rolling bar metallic ink which changes colour as you move the note around. Polymer/plastic notes are said to be cleaner, more durable and more secure.