“Every child in our world will know his name.” Well, Professor McGonagall was right . Harry Potter was not only famous within its history, but also in our world. Millions of children (and not so small) are still fascinated by the world created by J. K. Rowling. And if you are one of them, you will like to know that there is a country where you can find some of her magic, from places where she wrote to castles worthy of being Hogwarts. We are talking about Scotland.
1. Café The Elephant House
Perhaps the most famous of the Harry Potter related places in Edinburgh is a coffee shop called The Elephant House, where Rowling spent a long time writing and where, later on, she conducted an interview . For this reason, the site has become very popular: it became a true pilgrimage center for its readers, and even the bathroom walls are completely covered in graffiti written by potterheads , a name given to fans of the saga.
2. Greyfriars Cemetery
The Elephant House overlooks Greyfriars Cemetery , the sight of which only inspired J. K. Rowling. It is there where the grave of the real Thomas Riddle is located, the name that the author took to designate Voldemort. There also lies a man named William McGonagall, from whom the writer may have taken the surname for the beloved Hogwarts professor.
3. George Heriot School
Lauriston, Greyfriars, Raeburn and Castle. Do they sound similar to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin? These are the four houses of George Heriot’s School, a famous institution of private education located in Edinburgh. The school, while prestigious and somewhat expensive (it can cost up to $ 16,700 a year), opens the door to orphaned children and children from low-income families for free, just as Hogwarts welcomed Harry, a boy who he had lost his parents (albeit with a real treasure in Gringotts).