A Harry Potter stroll through the tomb stones

To say I’m a Harry Potter fan would be an understatement.  If I didn’t know better I’d think magic runs through me.  So needless to say, I found quite a bit of magic following the footsteps of JK Rowling through Edinburgh.

Pit stop – The Elephant House

This is the cafe that the first Harry Potter books were written.  Right Here!  Possibly at our table! Needless to say, we stopped in for lunch.  As expected, it is very busy so be prepared to wait a little. The food was actually quite good though and, I mean, Harry Potter was written here.  Need I say more?

See more on Elephant House.

The main attraction – Greyfriars Kirkyard

Greyfriars is said to be “the most haunted graveyard in the work”.  Although it is famous for hauntings and grave snatching, Harry Potter history is now drawing a crowed.

Story has it that while writing the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling would come to the cemetery to think.  A number of the character names were inspired by those laid to rest.  It has now become a bit of a sport hunting for character inspiration.

Needless to say, my sister and I spent a lot of time here.

Featured: Thomas Riddle, Black family, McGonagall, Fletcher and Moodie.

To all those visitingplease do remember that this is still a cemetery.  Although there have not been any new burials in centuries, it would be wise to show some respect.

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or just interested in Scotland’s history, this is a must-see.


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