Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is a well-known tourist destination because of its cultural and historical sites. Edinburgh Old and New Towns have been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another reason for Edinburgh popularity among visitors is that, this is where J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. Many visitors are drawn to see the inspiration and location behind the famous book series.
One of the reasons why I visited Edinburgh was to see the different Harry Potter locations. I do admit that I am a Harry Potter fan, but I didn’t really start reading the books until the fourth movie. I didn’t get a chance to visit all of the locations however, here are some of the Harry Potter destinations that I got to see.
1. The Elephant House
This cafe is known to be the place where J.K. Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books. The cafe can get really busy, but fortunately there were seats available during my visit. I got a cappuccino and pie, which were pretty good. It’s a cozy place to relax and have a drink. Also, there are photos of J.K. Rowling in the Elephant House.
At one of the corner walls in Grassmarket there’s a frame with a sign ‘Diagon Alley’ and some description. The alley does remind me of the wizard-like settings in Harry Potter.
3. Greyfriars Kirkyard
Two of the character names in the books were inspired from this graveyard (Riddell and McGonagall). I didn’t really get a chance to visit since the gates were closed at that time.
4. Edinburgh’s Castle
The castle is situated on top overlooking the city of Edinburgh (it does remind me of Hogwarts where its also situated on top with fortresses). There’s also a great hall inside the castle.
– The Balmoral Hotel: This is where J.K. Rowling completed the last Harry Potter book.
– J.K. Rowling Handprints in the City Chambers quadrangle.
– George Heriot’s School: Possible inspiration for Hogwarts school system having 4 houses.
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