There’s no questioning the fact that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is one of the best book series to date, and if you’re part of the legion of fans that adore the franchise, you’re probably shaking your head at the obviousness of the preceding statement.
However, while it is true our favorite author does have a few books in the mix to further explore the world and characters of the beloved franchise, the majority of Potter fans are at present in a state of perpetual boredom; the books have all been read and re-read, the movies have all been watched and re-watched. Is there anything the world has left to offer for a true Potterhead?
Yes. Yes, it does. Behold, the Edinburgh Harry Potter Tour!
What is the tour?
While we wait for the next few books in the franchise to come out, how about taking a trip to Edinburgh, the world’s official Harry Potter headquarters and delve deep into the origins of the franchise, retracing Rowling’s steps as she wrote the novel that would inspire generations of readers to come.
Every stop on tour covers some aspect of Edinburgh that had a hand in the creation of the books, from slight inspirations in odd locations, to character origins, to even entire landscapes becoming the centerpieces off of which Rowling fashioned the Wizarding World.
There is so much to see here, and we’ve done our research when it comes to Harry Potter; we know every nook and cranny of Edinburgh that inspired Rowling on her journey writing Harry Potter, and we’re determined to share every bit of detail about them with you.
What do I have to look forward to on tour?
In a nutshell, A LOT.
There’s the birthplace of the novels to be visited (which isn’t the Elephant House, but we’ll go there too) and the place where the novel was finished to look at. Actual places in Edinburgh that shaped how key locations like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts would look like in Rowling’s mind.
A myriad of shops that’d sell you all the trinkets and wands and other Harry Potter merch we know you’re dying to hoard. Cafés and eateries, where you can try all your favorite fictional foods and drinks (Butterbeer, anyone?).
And a wealth of knowledge to be uncovered at museums and other historical venues, all of which played a hand in shaping the books we adore today.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!