My “Follow the Owl” Theories

I wanted to post some screen shots I found while “following the owl” on

The first one is from Salem.  You can see a brown owl taking off from the awning and heading west.  You can also see the “magic” letter J.K. Rowling used as a teaser for what the website would be called. If you head west (the same direction as the owl) on the Secret Street View website, it takes you to Toronto. I have yet to find an owl in Toronto (or anywhere else I’ve looked), but I’ll keep looking. (Click the images to see them larger.)Here are some of my theories.

  • Why would J.K. Rowling go through so much effort to make an entire website with real-life GPS coordinates just to hide some letters for people to find out a name?  I think there’s more to this website.
  • This owl that I found is going in a very obvious direction and you can see it no matter what view you use (this isn’t true with other various birds and airplanes I’ve found in other locations on Secret Street View).
  • All of the owls on her YouTube page and even on Pottermore are all brown – no snowy owls to be seen.  This is important because I found a white bird in Toronto that I thought was an owl at first, but turned out to be a seagull.

Another view of the brown owl in Salem. It doesn't disappear no matter where you look at it from.

Two white birds on the same screen in Toronto. I was really hoping this was an owl, but it disappears if you move the angle. And it's not brown. Plus, why would there be TWO owls going different directions??

Another bird in Toronto. It also goes away with different views.

By the way, if you change the URL on, you get this screen:

If anyone wants to follow along, here’s the information I got from  about the scavenger hunt on June 15.

Site coordinates came from: GPS Location – name of place.

1. The Leaky Cauldron : 42.523356, -70.890698  – salem
2. Mugglenet : 51.530377, -0.123259  – king’s cross station
3. Harry Potter Xperts : -34.410362,150.900671  – australia
4. Univers Harry Potter : 29.952313, -90.067849 -new orleans
5. HPANA : -29.239004,24.507602 – Africa
6. Blog Hogwarts : 34.730748,137.383786 – Japan
7. Slug Club : -23.547149, -46.520266 -brazil
8. Snitch Seeker : 51.781383, -2.56844 -forest of dean
9. Portkey : 43.640408, -79.388795 -toronto
10. pottermore @ : 53.476311, -2.22971 manchester station 

I entered these GPS coordinates into Google Maps and this is what it looks like. Zoom out if you can’t see the world map.

I’ve noticed that people have been coming to my site from Google and I hope these screen shots help.  If anyone else has any theories to add to mine, please leave a comment and let me know!

About Jessica

I love to read YA fantasy fiction and classic literature. I also like to write and what better to write about than my life? Because looking back makes me realize how funny my life was. Painful at the time, but hilariously funny now. I'm also a stay at home my with two young boys. My house is not as clean as it could be, but I don't really care. Books are an escape for a reason. View all posts by Jessica

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