ISEP student Destiny S. is a part of ISEP Voices Spring 2016. She is a first-generation college student from Northern Arizona University, and is currently studying abroad at Edinburgh Napier University in the United Kingdom.
Edinburgh, Scotland is a fantastic place to visit for Harry Potter fans. The famous book series was started in Edinburgh. There are four main places in Edinburgh to see the connections to Harry Potter.
1. The Elephant House
To start your Harry Potter tour through Edinburgh, head over to The Elephant House. This is the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling wrote the beginnings of Harry Potter’s journey.
Evidence of J.K. Rowling’s past presence in the shop
Fans have some of their art posted that utilizes the elephant and the Harry Potter connection
Even the bathroom of the coffee shop had fans leaving their mark of Harry Potter dedication
2. Greyfriars Cemetery
Located close to The Elephant House, you can find Greyfriars Cemetery, which is speculated to have inspired the names of Harry Potter characters because of the close proximity and the name similarities.
3. George Heriot’s School
This school has been thought to be the inspiration for Hogwarts.
George Heriot’s School can be seen from the cemetery of McGonagall
A closer picture of the inspirational school
4. Maggie Dickson’s Pub
See the pictures below to read about and see Maggie Dickson’s pub. The myth may have been an inspiration to J.K. Rowling for Nearly Headless Nick.
You can see why Edinburgh is such a great place for Harry Potter fans to visit!
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