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JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3-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 3-Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
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JK Rowling's Edinburgh, a 3-Hour Walking Tour Inspired by Harry Potter
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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.
Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Too much fun even for a non-JK Rowling Enthuisist

Open kimonio here, I took my daughter, i had only saw one movie. My daughter is a big fan. With that said I walked away from this tour with Sam to want to read the books , and learn more about JK as an author....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ChuckM903
Reviewed October 5, 2018
Felt as though I was a Hogwarts student! Pure magic.

Enjoy a fun and detailed tour with enthusiastic & energetic young guide Sam. In his wizarding robes he will firstly ask the Sorting Hat to find your Hogwarts house. Then a long and fast paced trot through cobbled streets, down winding alleys, nooks and crannies...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jenniferhS460VX
Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at The Potter Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2018

I used this on my website, thanks so much Jennifer x Sam.

Reviewed September 20, 2018
Fantastic - What an Experience!!

Sam is the PERFECT guide for an Edinburgh Potter Adventure. From Diagon Alley to the grave sites that inspired character names, Sam knows his stuff is personable and lots of fun!! The 3 hours flew by!! Even if you only have a passing interest in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BlondOne65
Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at The Potter Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Thankyou so much, that's very kind. It's a magical time of year xx Sam.

Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile
A walk on the Potter side

The Duke of Wellington watched as the sorting hat decided which house each member was in as a prize of a chocolate coated frog awaits the winners. Setting off Sam takes the group to Diagon Alley past Dragons visiting the graves of Tom Riddle, Mrs...More

Thank David G
Sam S, Lesser Mugwump at The Potter Tour, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

LOL, this is a great summary thanks David. Yes port-keys, they mess with your stomach - I have to separate jumps by 3 hours, or I arrive covered in funny coloured liquid. It's quite smelly. x Sam.

Reviewed September 3, 2018
A Fun Experience

This was a fun experience for any fan of Harry Potter who is looking to see where J.K. Rowling to her inspiration. Our guide was excellent and was fun to walk around with. He kept a cheerful spirit despite the rain and the tour was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Brittany L
Samuel S, Lesser Mugwump at The Potter Tour, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thanks so much Brittany. Edinburgh council is running a survey about how we want the city to be in 2050. I've submitted rain free. Maybe if we all point our wands at the sky together and say Evanesco, the rain clouds would vanish. Just have...More

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