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JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter

  • Get the inside scoop on J.K. Rowling's life while writing Harry Potter books
  • Learn about Scottish writers at Makars’ Court and The Writers’ Museum
  • View the chess set from the first Harry Potter movie (if time allows)
JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
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JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 2.5-Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter

Learn about J.K. Rowling and the origins of the Harry Potter books during a 2.5-hour walking tour of Edinburgh. See places that inspired Rowling such as the Balmoral Hotel and University of Edinburgh's Old College; locales that shaped the Dementors and Ministry of Magic; and cafes where Rowling liked to write. Your guide is a Harry Potter fan who shares fascinating details about the wizarding world in Edinburgh.

What to Expect
The tour opens at the close, with JK Rowling finishing up the Deathly Hallows in the Balmoral Hotel and get sorted into houses.

We'll bridge what was the old North Lake beneath the castle, and above the far shore we'll chat about how JK Rowling got the inspiration for Harry Potter, and our first love story
At Edinburgh Universities Old College we'll unwrap JK Rowling's times at university.
We'll discover Nicholsons, and the Elephant house where Rowling loved to write the books, and learn about the origin of Dementors, and the Potter pilgrim traditions.
At Surgeon's Hall we'll see how Rowling's mother's death haunts the books giving them depth.
We may pop inside the Museum of Scotland to see Ron's chess set and talk about Rowling's battle with her editors and see what the sorting hat began as.
We'll enter Greyfriars Kirkyard and see how Rowling was inspired.  And endure the knock backs as Rowling digs down and fights for success in a cynical industry.
I'll point at the bridge where Eddie Redmayne - Fantastic Beast's Newt Scamander, cut his teeth acting, and talk about his Harry Potter rejections.
Scottish ice cream, if you haven't had it, it's the best in Scotland.  I've got a discount.  We have whisky ripple, it's more Scottish than the Castle.
If we're not mown down by the back to school crowds on Diagon Alley, we could be ignited by the Gringotts Dragon.  Wear fire retardant clothes.
We'll enter Riddle's Court, learn about Rowling's second love.

Mackars, or writer's Court, we'll learn how the books took off, taking the story from the UK to the US and then the world.
We'll meet the Royal Mile's dragons.
At the heart of Midlothian we'll show solidarity with Harry.

If the group is small and keen we may go inside Old Parliament Hall, to learn about the formation of the Ministry of Magic and how Rowling wove the timeline into Scottish history.

The grand finale, outside City Chambers, we'll celebrate who JK Rowling is, learn her advice to herself, and dependent on Honey Dukes breeding program, chocolate frogs shall be served.
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Reviewed yesterday

How can so much information be packed into one wizard's brain?!!! Sam was an excellent Edinburgh ambassador for our Seattle family of 5 - sharing his wealth of knowledge about the city and it's intimate connection to J.K. Rowling and the world of Harry Potter....More

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 4 days ago
Rollin' rollin' rollin'

Really great tour, we saw some brilliant parts of Edinburgh that we'd have never found otherwise (and went back to explore further). Great fun for all the generations with lots of variety - beautiful buildings, fascinating facts, interesting sights and fabulous ice cream! Thank you...More

Thank LSJE100
Reviewed 6 days ago
A Muggle Must

This tour is a fun fusion of creativity, wit and a passion for Harry Potter! Not only was the tour guide creative, funny and knowledgeable, but he also provided us with so many sweet surprises along the way! We made our way to various historic...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Knowledgeable and fun!

Sam knew so many facts about Harry Potter and JK Rowling. He pointed out some really interesting spots around Edinburgh that related to JK Rowling and when she spent her time writing in Edinburgh, and you got to do some awesome sightseeing at the same...More

Thank SamHeron
Samuel S, Lesser Mugwump at The Potter Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Sam, I'm pleased your boyfriend liked it, they're wonderful books - and an enchanting world, I wanted to make them shine. Get him to see Fantastic Beasts 2 at the cinema, the trailers look epic. x Sam.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Harry Potter Walking Tour

You can't think of Scotland without thinking about Harry Potter, so when I stumbled across this walking tour, I thought why not?!? The whole family had various experience levels with HP, but we ALL enjoyed it so you don't need to be a complete HP...More

Thank Sherah K
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