This is really cool. I like knowing and investigating things haha. I definitely need to come to Scotland asap!
In the meantime, you can check them out on Instagram here - but be warned, it will make you hungry.
Thanks for sharing. It’s great you’re coming back and you’ll have the opportunity to see them.
So yes, you can actually buy a wand from Diagon Alley!
Sign up for tips, info, and travel antics delivered once a month to your inbox. Chewzz is a brand new sweet shop in Gorgie, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your email address will not be published. After finishing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J K Rowling returned to study at Edinburgh University. Hopefully you do make it here :D. You can do a couple of different tours, or just take yourself around with the map!
If you're a huge Harry Potter fan like me, then you'll definitely want to add Edinburgh, Scotland to your travel bucket list. The speculation does make it fun!
In August 2017, Diagon House was opened on Victoria Street, meaning there is now a real life Harry Potter shop, on what is thought to be the inspiration for the street. I’ve made 6 different countries my home and travelled to over 40.
Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The whole area is a wonderful place for people to explore when they visit Edinburgh and given it’s in the vicinity of other Harry Potter locations, it’s easy to get to. Do you fancy a new job which involves working alongside Sam Heughan? And also if I had a spare 1000 quid I’d totally want to stay in that hotel room, haha.
Visiting Edinburgh has been on my bucket list for SO long now, mostly for the Harry Potter connection!
However, J K Rowling actually wrote the first Harry Potter novel on paper in longhand and later typed it on a typewriter at home. I live not even an hour from Edinburgh down in the Borders and I had no idea about these places. Shipping will be calculated at checkout. We're going to try get sweets from elsewhere, like Dubai, as well. I’m not a Harry Potter fan but I have watched all the movies so I recognize some places, maybe I am a fan?
The Philosophers Stone was finished in 1995, which is also the year the Elephant House opened. There is also the two and a half hour Harry Potter Walking Tour of Edinburgh which is paid. ?? What!?!
The walking tour sounds fabulous!
I just turned 50 last week (spent it in Greece and between those two…I feel old!!!
Required fields are marked *. So yes, you can actually buy a wand from Diagon Alley! Behind Greyfriars Kirkyard is one of the most prestigious primary and secondary schools in Edinburgh.
I’ve never seen the graveyard closed, although it must be at times, but that doesn’t mean finding the graves of those who might have inspired Harry Potter characters is easy. Bursting with all the coolest and most exclusive limited edition merchandise and props from all your favourite films and comics. So where did J K Rowling write the first book in the Harry Potter series?
I didn’t know they existed for so long!
While some say Potterrow was the inspiration for the name of the main character of the series there is no evidence it did so.
Haha it does get pretty cold around that time! I visited the church and White Horse pub, it was exciting seeing them for real and knowing these were the actual sites that were filmed. I would really like to do one of the two tours you mentioned…I guess I will have to return to Edinburgh one day. Living in Edinburgh and travelling around Scotland has given me the opportunity to see things that seem straight out of Harry Potter almost everywhere I look. Come up when the steam train runs on the border line!
This isn’t exactly a Harry Potter location, but it should now be on every Harry Potter fans (over 18) list when looking for Harry Potter places to visit in Edinburgh because they serve BUTTERBEER.
Free UK delivery on orders over £40! Consequently, it’s also the busiest! Some think that the gravestone of Mrs. Elizabeth Moodie may have inspired the name for Harry Potter character Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody. Independent since 2012. While J K Rowling has never confirmed the gravestones at Greyfriars are a direct inspiration for some of the Harry Potter characters, she did mention that gravestones are a useful source of information in general, and has confirmed she took walks through the graveyard as it was close to both the Elephant Cafe and Nicholson’s Cafe. I found a “Diagon Alley” sign by Grassmarket (think it was somewhere between Victoria Street and the kirkyard), not sure who put that there lol.
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A big difference from where she started, writing in Edinburgh’s cafes because it was cheaper to buy coffee than pay for heating, with her baby daughter at her side.
The Elephant House is a cosy cafe that doesn’t look like too much from the street but stretches back to give views over Edinburgh Castle and Greyfriars Kirkyard (other Harry Potter sites I’ll mention soon). At the time it was co-owned by her brother-in-law and would have been a space that she could feel comfortable spending time in. It was a bit of research but I really enjoyed it :).
Sometimes they look completely different, and sometimes it’s like you walked into the movie!
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LOL! I completely forgot about them for awhile, even though I walk past where they are all the time! LOL!! Taking a tour gives you the opportunity to hear all the information from a guide, which may remind you of things you’ve forgotten or you could learn things you didn’t know before. I wasn’t much of a fan of the movies, so it’s refreshing to see a guide which puts an emphasis on what inspired the novels instead.
Although maybe not for £1000 a night, haha! There’s a lot of different information out there but I wanted to see what was really accurate! Thanks!
Writing this post made me want to read all the books again! I need to go in search of those hand prints! Also receive your 10% discount code.
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It’s easy to assume a connection given it’s proximity to other Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh, but there’s no concrete evidence to suggest this is a Harry Potter site. Benjamin Cargill, 19 drove at excessive speeds and failed to stop at junctions while being pursued by police. Butterbeer was a drink made up by J K Rowling and not based on anything in particular, but you can now find recipes all over the internet and several places selling it, although if you want butterbeer in Edinburgh then The Dog House is the place to go. I turn 30 this year, and I remember being the same age as Harry when it came out!
And yes, it mentions it’s located in Scotland, and you can even ride a train that’s like the Hogwarts Express over the Glenfinnan Viaduct like in the movie!
So while this isn’t exactly a Harry Potter location, it’s a fun place to visit in Edinburgh to see the signs that look to be Harry Potter related, and there are some great places to eat and drink in the area, and lots of things happening during Edinburgh Festivals in August.
J K Rowling did write some of the series there, but it was more likely The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
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