Why Harry Potter Fans Need to Go to Edinburgh

April 11, 2016

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.

Fans wanted Sirius to join the cemetery Harry Potter party
Fans wanted Sirius to join the cemetery Harry Potter party
Possible origins of Professor McGonagall
Possible origins of Professor McGonagall
Moodie = "Mad-Eyed" Moody
Moodie = “Mad-Eyed” Moody


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.

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You can see why Edinburgh is such a great place for Harry Potter fans to visit!

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