Harry Potter fans unite! Edinburgh is the birthplace of the wonderful masterpiece we know and love. So if you ever find yourself in Edinburgh (which you totally should – it’s beautiful!), then these are the places to go. Like as soon as you get off the plane.
The Elephant House Café
Due to J.K. Rowling’s financial situation at the early stages of writing the book she found that it was cheaper to buy a cup of coffee and write in the café all day, rather than paying for her heating bill at home. In fact when you enter the café and walk straight to the back you might be lucky enough to secure a table along the back wall, overlooking Greyfriars Kirkyard. This then became the inspiration for Godric’s Hollow.
The café has proudly honoured Rowling, as have many visitors who infamously graffiti-ed the bathrooms with messages of love and support for the series
Please be respectful when visiting the café. Understandably they get a lot of visitors who want to sit where Rowling sat, so either leave a donation for the charity they are supporting or why not enjoy a cup of tea and some elephant shortbread.
When Rowling needed inspiration and a break from writing she would wander around the cemetery behind the café reading the names on the tombstones. These names inspired many characters in her book, the most famous being Tom Riddle.
The Kirkyard also backs onto the prestigious, George Heriot’s School. Creepy, yes, but also the inspiration for Hogwarts with its four horses and four towers- or houses in Hogwarts case.
Walking around Edinburgh you can see inspiration everywhere. From Potterrow to Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh is a city full of dark and dirty stories and equally interesting story tellers. With pubs dedicated to the quirky characters of their past. Edinburgh is a city full of rich history and archaic buildings, many of which survived a difficult past and many wars, its no wonder it inspired strong characters and a magical world.