If you love The Boy Who Lived (and if not, WHY?) Scotland should be high on your list of places to visit—J.K. Rowling wrote the books in the Scottish capital and her inspiration is obvious everywhere you turn. That said, these are six Harry Potter Edinburgh sights every fan simply has to see.
If you’re into this post, I probably don’t need to explain the significance of Thomas Riddell’s grave, which you can find in this atmospheric churchyard.
Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, Candlemaker Row
Previously Nicolson’s Café, this is where J. K. Rowling wrote “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. It is therefore basically a site of pilgrimage.
Spoon, 6a Nicolson Street
The Elephant House
This other café is the self-appointed “birthplace of Harry Potter”.
J. K. used to sit in the back room, admiring the views over Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and Edinburgh Castle, while writing some of the books in the series.
The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge
J. K. locked herself away in room 552 of 5* The Balmoral Hotel as she wrote the very last sentences of the very last Harry Potter book. After finishing her work, she infamously graffitied a bust in the now-named “JK Rowling Suite”.
You can book a stay here, if you’re feeling fancy.
Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street
Finished Hallows 9 yrs ago today. Celebrated by graffiti-ing a bust in my hotel room. Never do this. It’s wrong.
pic.twitter.com/HsqQKydY68— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2016
This otherwise non-descript street is said to have been the inspiration for the surname of Harry and his family.
If Hogwarts wasn’t based on this historic building, perched atop Castle Rock, I’ll eat the Sorting Hat.
Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile
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