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Magical Harry Potter Tour

Edinburgh is the city which inspired JK Rowling as she wrote the Harry Potter books.  It is packed with reminders and inspirations which will delight visitors looking to recreate the spirit of witchcraft and wizardry.  A tour around the old town and surrounding areas will bring some fascinating and magical insights for Potter fans:

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As you walk around the atmospheric Old Town in Edinburgh, you can well imagine how the winding closes and tall, quirky buildings inspired the locations in the books such as the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley.   In the entrance to the City Chambers on the Royal Mile you’ll find a golden imprint of JK Rowling’s hands in the pavement.  Maybe by resting your hands inside hers, you will find inspiration to write your own masterpiece?

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A detour to Victoria Street will reveal JK Rowling’s inspiration for Diagon Alley: a high sided street that feels almost subterranean, with shops and restaurants, some of which are said to have similar names to the shops Harry and his friends visit before the beginning of term.  The joke shop, with its giant eyes and nose, might easily belong to the Weasleys!

Nearby you will also find “the birthplace of Harry Potter”: The Elephant House Café, where JK Rowling wrote some of her later books.  Now a buzzing stop-off for many of Edinburgh’s visitors, this is the place to sit where she sat and have a cup of tea before continuing the tour.  Another café nearby on Nicolson Street, now called Spoon, was her other favourite place. A plaque on the corner of the Black Medicine Coffee Shop beneath commemorates the location.

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Fans of Harry Potter will find much in Edinburgh that will remind them of the character and inspiration for the books.  As you walk around the city, keep your eyes peeled as streets, shops, statues and their names will remind you of elements of the book.  And when you have finished your tour, enjoy a piece of cake or lunch in the inspiring, gothic surroundings of The Hub café safe in the knowledge that your mischief has been managed.