Take a Magical Tour of J.K Rowling’s Edinburgh
Last weekend some of the Beyond Books admin visited Edinburgh, on one of the cities ghost walks the guide told us about some brilliant Harry Potter links.
We couldn’t miss out so the next day after some en route googling we found some great Harry Potter sights that inspired J.K Rowling when she was writing the story of the boy wizard.
The first location to visit in Edinburgh for Harry Potter fans will be the Elephant House Cafe, located at 21 George Street. Every Harry Potter fan visiting Edinburgh will have this on their list of must visit locations, so expect large crowds and a lengthy line.
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.
From the Elephant House 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 Potter fans to visit and pay their respects to Voldemort.
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.
J.K. Rowling became the second recipient of the Edinburgh Award whereby popular Edinburghers have their handprints installed in the City Chambers quadrangle.
Rowling’s handprints were preserved by stone Caithness stone and set next to Ian Rankin’s.
We had great fun finding all the Harry Potter and other literary links in the city and will be visiting again soon to revist Voldermort!