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Edinburgh: Inspirations of Harry Potter with a Warlock

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J. K. Rowling is the Queen's companion of honor, and one of Britain's foremost role models. She taught a generation to read worldwide and put a dent in the universe. Discover the inspirations for the "boy who lived" and the woman he saved.


  • Visit the university where Rowling studied
  • See the cafes where she wrote
  • Learn how Rowling combats anxiety
  • Romance the muse and beckon inspiration


J. K. Rowling is a moderately influential woman who's sold a few books. On this tour you will dive deep into her history. Learn to use failure as a springboard, be inspired, stay committed and conquer the world. Discover the sights that inspired her and the cafes which fueled her. Experience how, through her adopted daughter, Edinburgh, she once more left footprints upon the world. Enter Greyfriars Kirk-yard and the Harry Potter connections explode. You will visit the grave of 'You Know Who', a possible inspiration for Hogwarts, attempt to wake Peeves, and explore some of the wizarding world's lesser known traditions and tales. You will hustle down a cobbled alley, full of dark doorways, crooked stairs and the watching eyes of shopkeeps. At the foot of Victoria Street (Edinburgh's 'Diagon Alley') you'll raise your hoods and study your shoes, since Eaters of death be prowling. Explore 40% of Edinburgh's Hogwartian old town, discover fabulous gothic scenes off the Muggle-track — the brickwork of Rowling's imagination. Over the course of the tour you will learn the entire genesis of Harry Potter —  from a lightning striking on a Manchester train, to how an unhappy marriage was the birthing of the world's most beloved books, becoming a pillar of British culture and shaping a generation. Rowling said Edinburgh surely rubbed off a little on her epic saga. Come and see why, and consider what you can learn from her journey.


Entry to the Museum of Scotland (when permitted) Entry to the courts (if open)

Important Information

  • Please bring a little money for coffee if it rains (or Dumbledore's Sherbert Lemons if available).
  • It's 4 miles walking so please consider eating a substantial breakfast beforehand.
  • Wear flat, comfortable, waterproof shoes.
  • Please wear weather appropriate clothing

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund


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