JK Rowling is a moderately influential woman who's sold a few books & lives in a Teepee in Bombay.
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 revelations that enthused her and the cafes which fueled her. Experience how, through hardship & failure, buoyed by friendship & love, Rowling left footprints upon the world.
Act I - Rowling's hard journey to Harry Potter
What we'll see:
What we'll see:
1. The Balmoral Hotel: The tour begins with a sorting
Opposite the Balmoral Hotel, where Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the tour begins.
I acquired a magic hat from a witch and we separate people into houses. Pottermore sorted me into the Snaky house, so when they win the house contest I'm especially pleased. Be ready for tears!
2. The Royal mile, melting pot of old Edinburgh & Rowling citizen of the world
This tour is thorough, so we'll discuss how the original idea hit Rowling. We'll discuss what Rowling developed about the world living in Manchester.
We'll trace how Rowling's Portuguese romance and the implosion of her first marriage impacted the saga.
3. McEwan hall Rowling's learning
4. Spoon restaurant - where Rowling wrote 'great chunks' of the Philosopher's Stone
We'll discuss the development of the Philosopher's Stone.
5. Potterrow - did it gift the name of Britain's most famous fictional hero?
We'll discuss the fan's mythology behind this street & untangle the reality.
7. INSIDE: Museum of Scotland for mythological inspirations (when it's safe)
Death is a major theme in the Harry Potter books. We'll study the Millenium clock, commemorating human suffering in the 21st century, and discuss thematic connections to Harry Potter.
In Rowling's daughter's favourite part of the museum, we'll chat about Scottish mythology and connections to the Philosopher's Stone.
8. The mystery of Greyfriars Kirkyard
9. 'This is Hogwarts', declared the fans, 'the finest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world'.
It isn't. But we'll have a look at George Heriot's school and JK Rowling's true relationship.
10. The grave of Tom Riddle also known as Voldemort
We'll visit the Dark Lord's grave, perhaps we'll attempt a resurrection.
11. The Elephant House - the most famous 'Harry Potter cafe'
Second novels are often claimed to be the hardest, this is where Harry learned to walk then run.
The cafe has one of the best views of medieval Edinburgh.
We'll discuss how this helped write the Chamber of Secrets and beyond.
12. TRY: Scottish Whisky ice cream, at present, they even have Butter-brew flavoured (not always open)
Scottish ice cream is the best ice cream in Scotland.
13. Victoria Street, Edinburgh's winding wizarding street, is this Diagon Alley?
"There will be books written about Harry, every child in our world will know his name."
- The Philosopher's Stone, Professor Minerva McGonagall.
Little did Rowling know it would come true.
14. The Dragon's graveyard.
15. Writer's Court & the writer's museum
A splendid Scottish baronial style mansion house for JK Rowling's ascent and the Edinburgh writer tradition.
16. JK Rowling's Edinburgh Award & the House cup presentation
JK Rowling's handprints, chiselled in Scottish stone, painted gold, Edinburgh's most celebrated citizen.
We'll celebrate her and give thanks to her in all her flaws and glory.
It was an unforgettable tour for me and the boys and they still talk about it!
Sam. Look out for the wizard robes, or if it's rainning heavily Potter-glasses. He's a total dork.
We may go inside:
The Museum of Scotland
The writer's Museum.
Please check the weather the morning before.
It's winter it's cold, bring hats and gloves, maybe a rain jacket.
It's a long up and down walk, 4 miles. Wear comfortable, ideally flat, waterproof shoes.
4 miles right! Eat a big breakfast; eat for Hagrid. If your feet aren't baby Dolphins yet keep shovelling.
Full stomachs mean bouncy cheery spirits, empty stomachs complain like Draco after house Quidditch. Eat eat eat!
We will be at the start point for about 10 minutes. The Google Streetview.
Beyond that please use my latecomers map to chase us down, the best of the tour is still ahead.