Are you a Harry Potter fan and love travelling? This article is perfect for you then! You will discover the best Harry Potter places in the world. From England to the USA, we tell you everything!
1 – Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter. Although JK Rowling got the idea in a 4 hour delayed train from Manchester to London, it’s in Edinburgh that she shaped the story and characters. If you love the Harry Potter books, Edinburgh is where you want to go!
First of all, let’s set the space! JK Rowling is not Scottish. She is from England and lived for a while in Porto, Portugal, with her ex-husband and her daughter, Jessica. In 1993, she leaves her abusive husband and decides to move back to the UK. Her sister was living in Edinburgh at the time and as we all know, when things go wrong we want to be with people we love. Even though she didn’t really know Edinburgh, she moved up there. She got to Edinburgh with her daughter, pretty much broke, 3 chapters of Harry Potter and more important with many dreams in her head.
She explored the city more than most people would and her attention to detail was a big part of her inspiration for the books. She discovered the streets, the graveyard and many other places when she was going out for a stroll with her daughter. She also tried to understand the Scottish culture and folklore.
By doing this, she picked up on names, mythical creatures, architecture styles…
All of this combined with what she already knew about places like London or Porto was then beautifully put together in the Harry Potter books.
The first books were mainly written in cafes such as The Elephant House or Spoon (fka Nicolson’s café).
If you go to Edinburgh, it’s a return to the sources that you will get. You will just get to see all these little things that inspired her and more importantly realise how impressive her attention to detail and observation skills are.
If you want to discover Harry Potter in Edinburgh, there are many places you can check including:
– The Elephant House
– Spoon Café
– Greyfriars Kirkyard
– Royal Mile
– Victoria Street