Did you know that J.K Rowling wrote the world famous Harry Potter novels right here in Edinburgh? If you are a huge fan of Harry Potter then you definitely want to come & explore Edinburgh and see where the inspiration for Harry Potter all began!
J.K Rowling famously created her story of the boy wizard while living in the city. Before reaching global fame, she could be found working on her novels in various small cafés within the capital as it was cheaper for her to buy a cup of coffee than to heat her own home while she worked.
So, don’t be a muggle, grab your Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger and take them on a tour of the following…
Said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley, this colourful and curved street located in the Old Town is filled with independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Edinburgh City Chambers
Just off the Royal Mile you can find J.K.Rowlings handprints reproduced on a flagstone in the quadrangle in front of the Edinburgh City Chambers building. J.K. Rowling was awards the Edinburgh Award in 2008 and this is when the prints were produced.
The Elephant Café
The first (and most renowned) location to visit in Edinburgh for Harry Potter fans will be the Elephant House Cafe, located at 21 George Street. This is where J. K. Rowling used to sit daily to write the first and second books, as it was cheaper for her to pay for a cup of coffee than to pay her heating bill at home. Needless to say, she finished on very different circumstances.
From the Elephant Cafe, J. K. Rowling could source much of her inspiration for what she saw out of her window. The first of these sights was nearby cemetery Greyfriars Kirkyard – where Tom Riddle’s grave resides which has now become a sight in itself for hardcore Harry Potter fans to pay respect to the Dark Lord.
George Heriot’s School
Built in 1628, George Heriot’s School has four houses, four towers, and was a clear source of inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
If you would prefer to be shown around the sights rather than exploring on your own, various guided walking tours are available with “The Potters Trail” being one of the most popular or why not book a seat on the Harry Potter bus and explore the magical trail on a vintage double-decker London bus.
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