ℌ𝔬𝔴 𝔗𝔬 𝔉𝔦𝔫𝔡
𝔗𝔬𝔪 ℜ𝔦𝔡𝔡𝔩𝔢’𝔰 𝔊𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔢 ℑ𝔫
𝔊𝔯𝔢𝔶𝔣𝔯𝔦𝔞𝔯𝔰 𝔎𝔦𝔯𝔨𝔶𝔞𝔯𝔡

  1. Enter Greyfriars Kirkyard.
  2. Skirt to the right of the yellow church, aka 'Kirk'.
  3. Continue the loop around the Kirk towards the Flodden wall arch.
  4. After passing through the arch turn immediately right.
  5. As you come upon a fork, where the path splits, continue straight on down. STRAIGHT ON DOWN.
    ⚠️ Please do not turn right, Edinburgh council doesn't want a muddy trail scarring the cementery, don't spoil it for everyone.
  6. At the bottom of the hill, turn right & follow the trail around.
  7. Tom Riddle is the second grave from the bottom, beside the wood fence. A place where grass won't grow.
Inside Greyfriars Kirkyard Edinburgh facing Yellow Greyfriars Kirk
Skirt to the right of the yellow church (Kirk)
Heading right of Greyfriars Kirk
This way
Main public entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard
Stick to the loop passing the Kirk's main entrance. Please buy their £1 map
Approaching the Flodden wall Greyfriars Kirkyard
Continue beyond the Kirk towards the Flodden wall arch
Main public entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard
After passing through the arch turn immediately right
Turning right away from George Heriots School Greyfriars Kirkyard
Head downhill
Following the rubble track down towards Tom Riddle's grave
At the fork continue straight down ON THE TRACK. Please don't zag off to the right, Edinburgh council is 😱
turning right towards Tom Riddle's grave Greyfriars Kirkyard
At the bottom turn right towards the heart of all evil
Tom & the Riddle family's grave stones in profile
Tom Riddle's grave
Tom Riddle's grave close up
Light a candle, begin incantations...
Voldemort rises from a cauldron reborn
Let Wizarding War III commence
Once through the stone Flodden wall arch, turn right onto the rubble track & follow it downhill to the bottom of the graveyard 🛑 Do not follow the flodden wall around, Edinburgh's Muggle council doesn't want a mud slide. They want you to use the rubble track straight down 👇

Some folk in the congregation of Greyfriars Kirk are not so much Harry Potter fans. Some have not read the books. In fact at least one old lady has become so bothered by Harry's endless hordes she confessed "I *sometimes* wish the books had never been written".

Most Edinburghers are quietly proud of Rowling, she's ours, she overcame here, her epic is a luminous pillar of our childhoods, the Ministry of Magic is a Tory government, naturally, we're fond of her. Except perhaps when she has her towering hedges cut & cherry-picker lorries block the roads: traffic forms, teeth grind.

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Anyway, you are wanted in Edinburgh and you will receive a warm welcome in the historied world heritage graveyard of Greyfriars Kirk; which boasts a broad congregation. However, you will be loved all the more, by all of Greyfriars' community, if you give back for your visit.

Whether that's by donating £1 inside the Kirk for their map of Graves or taking our Kirk's own loving & encyclopedic historical tour. Or book one of the many Potter tours that visit, which are expected to pay an ENORMOUS levy to preserve & enhance the Kirkyard for future generations.

And if your just not £1 into Harry Potter's inspirations, better not go, you'll get skinned, these people, or that one old lady anyways - boomin' dangerous. Bloomin' lethal. You should visit Camera Obscura world of illusions instead. That is truly wicked fun & ridiculous too.

Baby Lord Voldemort upon an armchair suckles from Nagini the snake
Perfectly normal, thankyou very much

Go well
x
Sam

“Gulpin’ gargoyles, Harry, people are still scared. Blimey, this is difficult. See, there was this wizard who went… bad. As bad as you could go. Worse. Worse than worse. His name was…”
Hagrid gulped, but no words came out.
the Philosopher's Stone

𝕽𝖎𝖘𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝕰𝖒𝖕𝖎𝖗𝖊
🇬🇧
The real story behind the Harry Potter namesake

Locket showing General Henry James Riddell, Thomas Riddell's son

By Doctor Susan Buckham
We’ve heard the tale that Thomas Riddell’s gravestone inspired JK Rowling to name one of her hugely successful Harry Potter characters.

Yet the real-life Thomas Riddell has his own dramatic story that also needs to be told…

A spoon goes to sea
Thomas Riddell, captain of the Bessborough & the Pocock

Born in 1734, the fifth son of Sir Walter Riddell, Tom became an adventurous seafarer Captain. Like many younger sons of the landed gentry, Thomas needed to carve his own path to success. In his case, by commanding two East India Company ships called the Admiral Pocock & the Bessborough.

Riding conquest
The real Tom Riddell, captain of the East India Company, making a deal

During the 1760s & 1770s, Thomas voyaged between India, China & across the South China Seas. The East India Company (EIC) was becoming an unstoppable force in British empire-building. It would go on to become the most powerful company ever to exist.

Empire of consumerism
Logo of Britain's powerful East India Company

"By command of the King & Parliament of England"

EIC's monopoly on Eastern trade helped develop British cravings for porcelain, textiles, tea & a host of other goods.

Who's a slaving b****d?
Slaves boarding Tom Riddell's ship

Commanders of East Indiamen were seen as the elite of British seafarers. Closely engaged with building the empire and global trade, EIC captains also facilitated and profited from slavery.

Sailing East was risky. Yet these dangers were more than offset by the rich rewards on offer. EIC captains earned only token pay from the Company but were given an allocation of personal cargo space.

Motivation Maximus 101
Tom Riddel raising money from friends & family to fill his East India Companies ships' cargoes personal allowance

from the Company but were given an allocation of personal cargo space.

This meant they could carry out their own private trading. But to take advantage of ‘non-company’ business commanding officers needed access to significant financial resources. Usually these funds came from friends and associates, who acted as backers for a slice of the profits.

Riddell, oil of capatalism

EIC captains also needed access to the knowledge and networks of producers, merchants and consumers at both home and abroad.

Sweet sugar mama

Ms Jamaica plantation
Over the last 10 years historians have begun to piece together the complex web of personal and business relationships that enabled global trade to thrive.

In 1767, Thomas married Elizabeth MacLachlan. Elizabeth’s father & two uncles all owned Jamaican sugar plantations. Each plantation operated with forced labour of enslaved peoples.

Slavers ascendant
Tom Riddell marries into a Jamaican slave plantation

Marriages between East India Company families and their Caribbean counterparts were common at this time. Such unions helped consolidate wealth from across the globe and opened up new business opportunities 💯

Oh God,  the ❤️ bit
Newly weds Elizabeth & Tom Riddell dance in a country house

Thomas and Elizabeth were married at the Suffolk country house of Hutcheson Mure, who was the London-based merchant of the MacLachlan family. London merchants often functioned as connectors between East Indian and Caribbean trade, which may help explain how Thomas and Elizabeth came to meet.

Infernal production

Slavery
At the time of Riddell’s first voyages, the EIC was actively acquiring and transporting slaves to work in their trading centres or ‘factories’.

Even if Thomas wasn’t trafficking slaves, his cargoes were undoubtedly manufactured by chattel slave labour. Through Elizabeth’s uncle’s will we know that Thomas personally benefitted from money made through slavery. The debt of a promissory note that Thomas had taken out with Alexander MacLachlan was left with interest to his niece Elizabeth, Thomas’ wife, on his death.

Enlightenment

Given Riddell’s social position he would be familiar with Enlightenment ideals & he encountered some of the leading figures either in person or from their work. In 1771, while sailing home, Thomas met Captain James Cook, at Cape colony in South Africa.

Salubrious Endeavour
Captain James Cooke's ship Endeavour

resupplying at Cape colony in South Africa.

Records describe Thomas taking a basket of fruit on board the Endeavour. In return Cook entrusted Riddell with despatches for delivery to the Royal Society.

Up the ladder

Having made his fortune in the East Thomas purchased the estate of Henry Homes, Lord Kames, one of Edinburgh’s leading Enlightenment figures. As a judge Kames ruled slavery illegal in Scotland.

Progress!
[ representative ]

In memory of his seafaring days Thomas renamed the estate for his former slave vessel ‘Bessborough’. [ pic representative ]

The National Trust reports 229 estates were purchased in Britain by those who made their fortune as EIC employees or as independent merchants in India between 1700 & 1850.

Opulence beyond opals

The National Trust reports at least 229 landed estates were purchased in Britain by those who had made their fortune as EIC employees or as independent merchants in India between 1700-1850.

Even Thomas’ wedding took place at a house where the leading Enlightenment architect Robert Adam was commissioned to redevelop its design.
Adam's masterpiece⌃, Old College

Are you Tom Riddell?

Talking points
Riddell benefitted from the slave trade, married a fellow beneficiary & named his estate after his hauler of plundered lives.

The smart phones in our pockets are built from the sweat & toil of labourers around the equator, toiling for minimum, food & shelter & salt. I've named mine iBessborough, is this tolerable?

Here in Edinburgh we have tour guides working for the multinational Sandemans, too often beneath our legal minimum wage. Are Sandemans customers 21st century airfaring Riddells?

Slaves 4 consumerism
iPhone 12 case depicting East India Company's slave trade

iBessborough ❤️

Service to country
General Henry James Riddle was Governor of Edinburgh Castle locket depicting General Henry James Riddle

Living at Bessborough, Thomas & Elizabeth had seven children - two boys & five girls none of whom married. Their most notable child was General Henry James Riddell.

He enjoyed a successful military career becoming Commander-in-Chief, Scotland & the Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 1847-1852.

THE END

The End. JK is 

Great! God bless you.
Ask them what the money goes to.

Alternatively or additionally you could make a £3 donation inside the Kirk & light a couple of candles. One for Jesus, one for He Who Shall Not Be Named.

🎉

This is a ritual that should only, ONLY be exercised after expressing gratitude to the Christians, earning safe passage. Recite aloud on arrival & don't forget to fully document our proud new dawn for later broadcast #Edinburgh #darkLordCometh

Dark Lord we summon thee.
To break through this solid turf
To claw the sticky Mud aside
To proudly bestride the Earth,
with us by your side.

We are your dedicated, devoted servants
Countless years we dreamed your resurgence
Release us from Disgrace's shackles
Spare us from M*d-blood jackals

For you are the greatest Wizard of all time
No crypt nor law can curb your climb
Raise Pure-blood to its rightful sovereign apogee
Abort the Ministry's infernal liberal calamity

Let every Witch & Wizard quail
As power rises in our hands
For our 3rd, Supreme Darkness shall prevail
And smother these sickly lands

Now spit on your fingers & place them upon the sacred earth (or blow on your fingers if anyone's watching)

REZ-UR-GAMUS!

Effect may not be immediate. Needs a Grave tone. The Gravest. Rain also helps... Maybe wait it out over a peach & coconut milkshake at Nicolsons?

The look on Voldemort's face right?!

JK Rowling's iconic Voldemort on a Royal Mail stamp

Why is Tom Riddle iconic?

JK Rowling says "all enduring fictional bad guys encapsulate primal terrors and share certain traits. Invincible to the point of immortality, they commit atrocities without conscience and cannot be defeated by the ordinary man or by conventional means. Hannibal Lecter, Lord Voldemort and Big Brother: all are simultaneously inhuman and superhuman and that is what frightens us most".

For some time JK Rowling considered killing Harry in his final battle with Voldemort. She felt it would a neat ending and a good way to kill off the merchandise. Warner Brothers executives had to come to Edinburgh for Rowling's approval - she protects her family life. They would sweat.

Rowling ultimately decided killing Harry would have been a betrayal, because she wanted her hero to do what she thought was the most noble thing. "So I had him come back from war and try to build a better world".

Learn more about Rowling's motivations & experience less-inhibited magical madness on an award winning, 3¾ hour walking tour about the writing of Harry Potter.

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Magic is Might!
Magic is Love
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Announcement from headmistress Mcgonagall

All Gryffindor's must pay their respects today to my dear relative William Mcgonagall.

They may then break to Nicolsons & the miscellaneous wonders of Hogsmeade, on presentation of their guardian's permission.
Apart from Ronald Weasley who will be cleaning the Trophy room. Thankyou.

Ron: Typical.

Or make it memorable...

Play the Dark Lord's Quiz


10 Questions.
Award 10 points for each correct answer, deduct 150 for each wrong.
Tap an answer to reveal.

You can see that Thomas Riddell jnr was an adventuring British Empire Army Officer. Who died younger: Harry Potter's nemesis Voldemort or our sacred Thomas Riddell?

Repeat after me "I am a wizard not a baboon with a stick" 🍌

In the books Thomas Riddle, son of Thomas Riddle Senior, lived to 71 years old. Clearly he must have staged his death in Edinburgh, embracing a new life as immortal Voldemort. He also spelled his name wrong. One day I’m going to have ten names and spell them all wrong.

Potterheads sometimes leave notes here for the Dark Lord, they're a joy to read... "RIP Tom, thank you for making us all believe in magic. You are an inspiration."
Another sneered "Dear idiots, you know there's a difference between fiction and reality, right?"  Ah, go boil yer head.

Who's killed more?

Mass grave

Some countries say 'never again', some multi-nationals say 'Once is never enough'. Genocide is wrong. Sandemans & at least 1 other multi-national, headquartered outwith Scotland broke our rules.

Why do you think they did this? 
Is it because they love the families & peoples of Britain?

When visiting choose local tour companies whose executive can be faced by families they may mutilate & whose prosperity will contribute most to the city & Scotland. Or if you 💘 murderous global brands that create poverty for us, maybe go to Manchester instead?

GROT
GROT
GROT

We 💖 them!

Sadly I have little hope for your OWLS*, but girls bathrooms are forever in want of lumbering, knuckle-dragging bone-heads.

The Dark Lord does not trifle with death tallies. The Dark Lord simply seeks to emancipate all members of society to their rightful station, murder is merely an unfortunate neccessity to lubricate the wheels.

* Ordinary Wizarding Levels 🙄

The ministry of magic statue proclaims 'magic is might!'
Muggles, maybe fugitive Mudbloods too, struggle in their proper place beneath the Pure Blood boot: 'Magic is Might'

Where did Thomas Riddle grow up?

Well I guess we shouldn't expect too much, Potter the boy who fell off the back of a broom 🤕

In the Half Blood Prince we see how a neglected, loveless beginning in Wool’s orphanage, led Tom to a desire for domination and punishing people. Dumbledore could have perhaps shown him love and developed him much like he did for his counterpart, the unloved, parentless cupboard-dweller Harry, but he didn’t.

The name "Thomas" is the Greek form of the Aramaic name Ta'oma’, which meant "twin". Both Harry and Tom grew up unwanted & bullied & were half-bloods. If they lived in Edinburgh they might both well have been sorted into a house at George Heriot’s school, founded as a school for poor and fatherless ‘bairns’ (kids). But Rowling has said Voldemort being a literal relative of Harry would be a bit "Star Wars".

By the time Dumbledore arrived at the orphanage to invite Tom to Hogwarts he was too far along. A loving relationship was impossible because Tom was compelled to withdraw to avoid the shame of Dumbledore’s disapproval. It’s hard to like those who distrust and dislike us, so in time Tom came to despise Dumbledore.

Rowling said everything would have been different if Tom’s mother Merope had survived and raised him herself, she says ‘love wins’.

Dumbledore is, on this occasion, a mentor by counter-example. If we treat everybody as precious, even those who have wronged, or we disagree with, then we do not drive people to become twisted in their hatred of us or our values.

Potter's touched in the head, I've seen more liveliness in Merlin’s saggy left testicle 🥜

At Hogwarts Tom found his world. Disowning his Muggle past, Tom embraced a new identity. How is Tom’s Wizard supremacist name pronounced?

Hold your Hippogriffs! ✋ Potter's not the swiftest wand in Ollivanders.

Rowling pronounces it "Voldemoor", but she confessed she is the only one in the whole world. In JK Rowling's smash hit play The Cursed Child all the character's pronounce his name properly.

In the Chamber Of Secrets we learn that Tom Marvolo Riddle, a half blood like Harry, chose to turn his back on his Muggle side and embrace his wizard heritage declaring 'I am Lord Voldemort', which is in fact an anagram of his original name.

To preserve this anagram in the foreign translations his middle name had to change. In Iceland: Tom Trevor Delgome, perhaps Neville Longbottom's toad had a duel identity, he did go wandering a lot. Norway: Tom Dredolo Venster, half of 'dread' it sounds suitably ominous, France: Tom Elvis Jedusor, nobody can beat the French.

Except perhaps the Spanish translation, Neville's toad, which he's always losing, was translated as a turtle. "Which surely makes losing it rather more difficult" - JK.

Perhaps an interesting thing to ask about when chatting to Harry Potter fans who read them in translation.

It's a wonder Potter hasn't poisoned himself. We can all be thankful that delight awaits ⏳

Voldemort spent his whole life striving to conquer the ‘idiot humiliation‘ of death. He slaughtered a unicorn to try and restore himself. Broke into the Chamber of Secrets riding on the back of Quirrell's head to steal Philosopher's Stone & win immortality.

The saga is driven by Tom's thirst for eternal life, a deliberate contrast to Dumbledore's attitude “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Can you guess Voldemort’s Boggart, the wardrobe dwelling creature that takes the shape of a witch's or wizard’s worst fear?

You think Voldmor feared Harry? He hated Dumbledore’s pawn perhaps, but mostly he was puzzled by him.

Dumbledore was a powerful adversary, the champion of liberalism, to be managed and outmaneuvered. He left Tom's boots quake free 🗿

Himself as a corpse. He most fears death - “Vol - de - mort”, French for theft of death. Ferocious matriarch Molly Weasley’s Boggart is the death of a family member.

If Voldemort stood in front of the Mirror of Erised - which translates to “I show not your face but your heart’s desire” what would he see?

He would see “himself all-powerful and eternal. That's what he wants." - JKR

Rowling intended a literal lesson to all readers with the mirror of ERISED, and Dumbledore’s caution ‘it does not do to dwell on dreams Harry and forget to live’. What does this mean in your life?

To my mind the most unusual things about Voldemort is he had empathy.

General Tagge: But that's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Governor Tarkin: The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.
[ the Deathstar ]

Powerful line Fear. But Fear - where's the subtly? Where's the finesse?

Voldemort mastered people through empathy, preying on their fears and desires. In the Order of the Phoenix this heightened skill is called Legimency, the ability to reach in and decode peoples' minds; uncontrolled emotions render targets an open book.

But Tom's empathy is clearest in the Chamber of Secrets, when Tom Riddle's diary learns Ginny Weasley's secrets as she confides in it. It uses her fears and desires and shame to manipulate her.

In some respects it's similar to how The One Ring allows Sauron to look into Frodo, but Riddle's diary is more fully developed with the idea pivotal to the plot.

Whose diary was Tom's diary inspired by?

JKR: "My sister used to commit her innermost thoughts to her diary. Her great fear was that someone would read it. That’s how the idea came to me of a diary that is itself against you. You would be confiding everything to pages that aren’t inanimate."

Rowling's mother loved to read, their childhood cottage was stuffed with books. In fact one of Rowling's relatives was a reader for a publisher, and the Rowlings received yet-to-be published manuscripts from her.

One of Rowling greatest regrets is never telling her mother she had begun Harry Potter, and that she was never lived to see her success.

Not to our knowledge. She entertained her sister with stories and hungered for a large family like the Weasleys. She had a school friend with a large family, so Rowling had no illusions, the poverty of the Weasley family is based on her friend's situation.

Rowling liked to invent games and play them with her sister Di, who she bullied if she didn't play them to her satisfaction. She said a larger family would be more people to boss around.

Voldemort is “the one wizard who went as bad as you can go”. He has refined methods of torture and kills casually; he is without remorse. Can you tell me which tree his wand is taken from?

His wand, matched to him by Ollivander, is made of Yew, whose sap is poisonous and fatal to humans, it is supposed to endow it’s possessor with the power of life and death. Yew wood continues to be poisonous after a tree has died. There’s a circle of growthless ground surrounding his grave, perhaps Tom was buried with his wand.

Was Harry's wand. He shared a wand core with Tom, a Phoenix feather from Fawkes' tail. But Rowling's choice of wood was a deliberate contrast to Voldemort's wand. Rowling said "European tradition has it that the holly tree (the name comes from ‘holy’) repels evil".

She said that wands of Holly are matched to wizards "engaged in some dangerous and often spiritual quest"

Dumbledore's, Voldemort's and lastly Harry's wand, The Elder wand, also known as the Death stick, was allegedly made by Death and much like Frodo’s ring it chose its owner. It is generally of opportunistic temperament choosing the wizard who has the greatest power. Ultimately it chose Harry over Voldemort. Harry had love, love wins.

‘Wand of elder never prosper’ is a witch saying, echoing a line from the Wiccan Rede, 'Elder is the Lady's Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be!’. Wiccan’s believe cutting Elder enrages the Mother Goddess, provoking her to seek vengeance.

More delightful commentary on the Elder Wand can be found in Rowling's "Tales of Beedle the Bard", a book every Potterhead must read.

Tom’s mother was from an ancient pure blood wizard family the Gaunts. Who in particular did they like to marry?

Nobody much liked Tom's mother Merope, not even her own father. She drugged Muggle Tom Riddle snr, the love of her life, with a love potion. She was a black sheep 🐑

👛 You lost a Galleon & found a knut. -145 + 1 points.

Great sizzling dragon bogies, how is it possible to be this hopeless?

Their cousins, to keep their bloodline pure. Prince Charles’ ears anyone?

Violence flourished through the generations due to their habit of marrying their own cousins, Tom believed ‘Magic is Might’.

Tom murdered his grandfather, a bovine-brained Muggle. What was his grandfather’s job?

Your body should just quit, pointless sloshing around those dungbrains all day 💩

He was the Squire of Little Hangleton, meaning a village leader and possibly a member of parliament, thus all answers are arguably valid.

‘Tomos’, is Ancient Greek for "slice" or "piece", when Tom killed his grandfather he sliced his soul in half.

Tom murdered an MP. Don’t do this at home kids.

🔪 If I were you I’d chop that Dunderhead right off, save you a great deal of trouble and embarrassment.

You’ve made a pilgrimage to the resting place of the worst wizard of modern times, perhaps we should learn some Dark Magic. How many forbidden curses are there?

Ordinarily I’d suspect you were under control of the Imperius Curse, but no Legilimency can penetrate a bone head 💀

  1. Instantaneous death “Avada Kedavra!” - ”Ave-a Cadaver”
  2. Excruciating pain “Crucio!”
  3. Total control “Imperio!”

Outlawed by the ministry of magic, to maintain civilisation. Punishable by trial before the Wizengamot. Sentence of life in Azkaban. Voldemort knows them like the inside of his eyelids.

Harry Potter however was hopeless. At the battle of the Department of Mysteries he was unable to effectively cast the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange, despite his fury with her for the murder of his beloved godfather. Harry lacked the desire to cause pain for its own sake.

Once again Potter proves the value of a cauldron with holes, you fill him with valuable ingredients and they just shoot straight out 💸

Tom spent his summers at Wool’s orphanage London. Where’s Tom’s favourite station?

Tom was born in 1905. He was killed by Harry in 1998. His broken and mutilated soul is now trapped in the Limbo* of Kings Cross station for all eternity, waiting for a train-on, that never comes. Your standard London commute. King’s Cross also launched him to the only home he ever knew.

*Limbo derives from the Latin “limbus”, meaning "edge, border". So in Latin "in limbo" would mean "in a condition of neglect or oblivion".

Rowling studied Classics at university, find out more about the saga's grounding on a tour.

What can we expect? Of a boy too solid to apparate a meter.

🐸 Potter, some words of advice, don't leave anything behind. The only way you're coming back next year, is as somebodies' pet. It's perhaps fortunate that Longbottom's always losing his.

Well I think it is often the case that the biggest bullies take what they know to be their own defects, as they see it, and they put them right on someone else and then they try and destroy the other and that's what Voldemort does  -  JKR

So you made an event out of it.
Tut, tut, you think you’re clever?

It can be better.
Edinburgh is JK Rowling's home, Harry Potter is in the rock, the magical world opens up down every twisted alley. Transmute your passion into an experience, come on a loving Potter tour. Or...

A elephant
Nicolsons

While you’re near, ~7 minutes walk, retire for a restorative hot chocolate or expresso in Rowling's fondly remembered Nicolsons.

Victoria Street inspiration for Diagon Alley? Is 3 minutes walk through the bottom gates of the Kirkyard or at the weekend back out the slideshow entrance & down Candlemaker Row - Victoria Street looks most convincing from the bottom looking up.

Mount your broom!


cyclist on a Harry Potter cycle tour a cyclist cycles on a Harry Potter cycle tour around Edinburgh

NEW: ½ day bike tours of JK Rowling's greater Edinburgh with a dash of Harry Potter inspirations.

While our nucleus, the Old Town, is Harry's maternity ward & creche, Rowling's long written most in Edinburgh's quiet hinterland, it's her world. Discover new JK stories: new struggles & triumphs, sleepy villages & crenalated skylines.

Riddell's legacy

Mystery novelist & former British Prime Minister Theresa May was asked 'Who is your favourite fictional villain?' Was it...

From Sherlock Holmes, true. But not a competent answer is it?

It's a pity your not as skilled in my class as you are on the Quidditch field, or you might dream to graduate.

David Cameron was Theresa May's predecessor as PM. Master Cameron oversaw a boom in homelessness, gave us the Brexit referendum, resigned & purchased a £25,000 shed. Sadly none of these things are fictional.

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Nevertheless I would buy Fancy-shed Dave a Butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks because I, Sam, am mostly civil, although my charming sister will eagerly tell you I smell. Despite that I doubt all the treasure in Gringotts would persuade Madam Rosmerta to serve Muggles 🤷

Class, this is one of those rare rare occasions, like an eclipse: we are compelled to marvel. The boy who can fall a mile from his broom, then land on his head without complaint, is, behold; correct.

Theresa May favours Lord Voldemort & Sherlock's Moriarty saying

They are proper villains. I think it's good when you have a villain who you know is a villain... I enjoy books with happy endings & definite endings. I find books difficult when they kind of fade out.

Harry Potter having none of those.


As the creator of the century's most celebrated epic Rowling was solicited to do a reading for the London Olympics opening ceremony. She was resistant, Rowling suffers performance anxiety.

She was only roped in when the ceremony's director, Danny "Trainspotting" Boyle, called her up & said 'Look we've got the Queen jumping out of an aeroplane', the Galleon dropped, Rowling realised no one would ever remember her.

We have free WiFi in the Old Town:  EdiFreeWiFi

James Bond escorts HM Queen Elizabeth to the opening ceremony. Magic, ladies first

Rowling said:

It was most terrifying thing I've done in my life but it was a moment I'll remember on my Deathbed. It was the most epic event

Now watch 2 dozen Mary Poppins sail from the sky and defeat the darkest wizard of our age at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. They do in three minutes what took Harry 7 years.

There was a genteel tap of the knocker & the musical voice asked, again, ‘Where do vanished objects go?’ ‘Into non-being, which is to say, everything,’ replied Professor McGonagall.
the Deathly Hallows

Voldemort is in us all.

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Galloping gargoyles! Voldemort demands his name is the French Voldemor
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