Harry Potter

Many places in Edinburgh are said to have inspired elements of the Harry Potter series. Why not explore these magical places when staying with us.

The Elephant House

This is a cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling spent time writing the early Harry Potter books. It’s often referred to as “the birthplace of Harry Potter.” The cafe has since embraced its connection to the series and even has signs acknowledging Rowling’s patronage. (currently closed)

George Heriot's School

This school is thought to have inspired the architecture of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The school’s four houses might have inspired the house system in Hogwarts as well.

Victoria Street and Diagon Alley

Victoria Street in Edinburgh is a curving, colorful street lined with various shops. It’s often said to have been an inspiration for the magical shopping street Diagon Alley in the series.

Greyfriars Kirkyard

This cemetery features gravestones with names that may have influenced character names in the books, such as Tom Riddle, a name that became significant in the series.

Balmoral Hotel

J.K. Rowling finished writing the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” at this luxurious hotel in Edinburgh. She even left a note in one of the rooms that reads, “JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007.”

Candlemaker Row

This street is close to Victoria Street and is said to have contributed to the inspiration for Diagon Alley’s winding and magical atmosphere.

Scottish Folklore and History

J.K. Rowling drew inspiration from various elements of Scottish folklore, history, and mythology when crafting the magical world of Harry Potter. Scotland’s rich history of witches, legends, and magical stories likely influenced many aspects of the series.
These connections between J.K. Rowling’s life in Edinburgh and her Harry Potter series have made the city a destination for fans of the books and films. There are guided tours, events, and places dedicated to celebrating the magical world she created.

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