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Walk in the footsteps of JK Rowling


walking tours inspired by Harry Potter

Sponsored by Gringotts
"Genuinely think I couldn't have had a better birthday, sorted into GRYFFINDOR, spent 2 & half hours learning loads about Harry Potter & seeing some very very interesting places, having a great feast, cocktails afterwards. If only I had been Head Girl. Thanks so much Sam you made my birthday magical!!!!!"
Emma White

A loving journey across the Athens of the North, packing in more of the sights and all of the excitement of JK Rowling's rags to super-star story. Create memories that beat dementia.

The Potter tour hallows

Fawkes the Phoenix
What can JK's life teach?
How to succeed at a creative life
How to respond to failure
What defines a good person
Beat the odds with prioritisation
house elf Dobby
The ethics of Potter
What can we learn from
characters' flaws & fate?
Heroism, thinking for yourself rather than being governed by committee
a Spell Book
Rowling's work teaches
how to be inspired,
obsess to grow originality,
break through blocks,
stay focused
the sorting hat
Extend the magic
with connections between Edinburgh & lesser known Wizarding World creatures & history.
Sorting Hat ceremony for fun-lovers

Potter Tours have a higher rating than Edinburgh Castle, the Castle costs about the same as a Firebolt broomstick*, all the gold in Gringotts and half of Merlin's teeth.

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*They're both made by Goblins, Scottish Goblins, the hardest working Goblins in the world.

The Complete Potter

3 hours

If you loved Harry Potter, then you want a Harry Potter tour of JK Rowling’s home to be as unforgettable as reading the books for the first time. You want to fill that crushing emptiness closing the Deathly Hallows left. You have one chance to make it good and you want the best.

I wrote this tour for you.

This tour has a good amount of stairs up the side of a volcanic vent to Edinburgh Castle. Don't worry, if we need to amputate your legs the Royal Infirmary will give you a Mad Eye too. If you make it down again and survive to graduate you'll have seen over 50% of Edinburgh's gothic fantastic, the Hogwartian Old Town.

In addition to all that's on the shorter tours this includes more:
Fantastic Beasts & Newt Scamander's cave.
Rowling's spell to overcome writer's block.
The thunderous Harry Potter launch at Edinburgh Castle.

Rowling's Christianity & spirituality in the wizarding world.
The most seductive restaurant there is, The Witchery.
How community helped Rowling succeed.

The motivation for The Daily Prophet's Rita Skeeta.
Drink from the Witches fountain, where witches cool down after a good toasting, and discover how Rowling used our witch trials to add a texture of reality to the Wizarding World.

It's a lot more dark and gritty
- kind competitors trailed & evaluated my tour

The more difficulties a person has overcome, the more you can learn from them. This tour has the most stories from Rowling's instructive biography, which I hope will inspire those ready to achieve more.

Live Rowling’s struggle and triumph and discover the best of "Yon empress of the North" - Sir Walter Scott.

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JK Rowling's Edinburgh

2.5 hours £20.00

For all the budding Hermione Grangers and Albus Dumbledores, think you know it all? Insufferable. Let's find out.

JK Rowling is a moderately influential woman who's sold a few books. On this tour we dive deep into her history. Learn to use failure as a springboard, be inspired, stay committed and conquer the world. Discover the sights that inspired her and the cafes which fueled her. Experience how, through her adopted daughter, Edina once more left footprints upon the world.

Over 2.5 hours learn the entire genesis of Harry Potter, from lightning striking on a Manchester train to becoming a pillar of British culture and shaping a generation.

150 minutes might sound like a long tour, it is in the cold, my competitors is 75, ahh warmth, bliss. But if you're into Harry Potter there's some stuff I want to show you.

Explore 40% of Edinburgh's "Hogwartian" old town, discover fabulous gothic scenes off the Muggle-track, the brickwork of Rowling’s imagination.
Learn how an unhappy marriage was the birthing of the world's most beloved books.

Feel how Rowling's grief deepened the stories.
Cower in terror as we meet dragons, sphinxes and a unicorn. (outside mating season)

They only gore folk they like
- Hagrid

Wouldn't it be cool if Rowling’s thoughts and example could empower you to be fulfilled and perhaps creative? Wouldn't it be cool if there was a tour that offered that?*
Visit Old Parliament hall (weekdays only): learn how British history inspired the history of the wizarding world.

*I want to go on that tour.

If you're considering a tour for somebody you love, who has read the books and loves Harry Potter, then you tread in the footsteps of others, they are legion on my Facebook. No terrible reviews so far (touch a wand, all the wands).

Starts besides the statue of the Duke of Wellington on his horse Copenhagen, opposite the Balmoral Hotel.
Discounts for couples, families, groups. Rowling's Edina: like being friends with Hagrid, more than you bargained for.

Edinburgh Free Potter Tour

100-120 minutes

All the chief sights connected to the books, perfect for restless Fred and George Weasleys who'd like Hermoine to do all their homework because they have mischief to make.*

Enter Greyfriars kirkyard and the Harry Potter connections explode. We visit you know who's grave, a possible inspiration for Hogwarts, attempt to wake Peeves and explore some of the wizarding world’s lesser known traditions and tales.

We’ll hustle down a passable Knockturn Alley, full of dark doorways, crooked stairs and the watching eyes of shopkeeps. At the foot of Edinburgh's 'Diagon Alley' we'll raise our hoods and study our shoes, Deatheaters be prowling. We'll quietly climb to Gringotts for a bit of DL. Dragon Liberation. That'll warm us up.

OK there might be a wee bit less danger to life than that, but we'll see everything the bloggers write about and a few things more. It's the longest, most sight packed Harry Potter tour for adventurers. And you'll be able to afford the Castle, where Rowling launched the Half Blood Prince, and Haggis neeps and tatties after. Do it all or die!

It seemed more adult
- Ina Bloemer, Edinburgh university student organiser chose Potter Tour

What happened to Scotland's Hinky Punk? Why are there so few Erumpants? How do you Peeve Peeves? Ask on the tour and discover.

*If you thought 'They were in different years!'. Insufferable. You should come on my tours.

I'll ask for tips and kind reviews at the end. Don't let Headmistress 'Blood-Quill' Umbridge catch you, blast out on your broomstick.

Do you visit the grave of He Who Must Not Be Named? You bet your Longbottom. And we see the "birthplace of Harry Potter", but learn more with treasure undiscovered by travel bloggers:

Where Rowling graduated
The first, second and third cafes where Rowling wrote the books
Rowling's reception for her honourary degree
The scene of Rowling's writer's block
Peeves's tomb
JK Rowling @ Britain's most seductive restaurant?
Witness the postbox made of golden Snitches & learn it's connection to Rowling's reinvention
The community that helped Rowling reach her potential
The birthplace of Dementors
High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge's roots in the reformation
The Grassmarket and how Nearly Headless Nick got the chop
Find out which year you're in at Hogwarts outside 'Diagon house'
JK Rowling's favourite event at the Castle
Meet the Baxter's Dragons & a distant poetic relative of Minerva McGonagall
Show solidarity with Harry at the Heart of Midlothian
16th-century townhouse Riddle's Court where the sun seldom reaches
What does Butterbeer ice cream taste like? Find out yourself
Why choose me?
100 minutes minimum. More Rowling, more of the city that inspired her, more fantastic beasts.

A better question is 'will you win the house cup?'

Meeting point for Complete Potter & Rowling's Edina

In front of General register house, beside the Duke of Wellington on his horse Copenhagan
Duke of Wellington
Butterbeer's this way lads

Meeting point for the Potter tour

Between the statue of William Chambers and the National Museum of Scotland steps
Nobody does dandruff like Will-i-am