Posted by: L. E. Barnes | November 17, 2010

Rest in Peace, Harry Potter

Harry Potter dead? Say it ain’t so!

I’m afraid it’s true. It turns out Harry Potter died… in 1939. According to a recent news report

This deceased Potter was a British soldier killed in 1939, and his grave is helping draw tourists to the backwater Israeli town of Ramle….

Pvt. Harry Potter was born near Birmingham, England, and joined the British military in 1938. According to his regiment’s website, he arrived to British mandate Palestine later that year, where he was killed in battle with an armed band in 1939. He was 18.

The tombstone says, incorrectly, that he died at 19 — a result of him having lied about his age so he could enlist.

The municipality said people began inquiring about the grave about five years ago, and the city listed it on its tourism website at the start of the year.

It’s amazing what name recognition can do. As Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet, “What’s in a name?” Well, in some cases it can be tourist money!



  1. Definitely, money:)

    • Lucky for the people of that Israeli town!

  2. Hee hee! That’s awesome.

  3. Great story and god bless him for his patriotism.

    • It’s sad that he died so young. May his soul be at peace.

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