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The Real Magical Me

Hi I'm Sam. I'm short, balding with enourmous ears and I'm beginning to feel a tug to shut them in oven doors. An elf's work is never done.

JK Rowling never lived in Edinburgh's old town, yet she trekked uphill daily to write amidst its tumbling lava rock faces & soaring fairy tale splendour.

Book a private tour & learn about the people, places & relationships precious to Rowling & the development of Harry Potter; peer within the wonder loom: JK's head.

That's right the tour involves Legimancy! (Mind reading). I'd be thrilled to host a

private Potter tour, just for your group

Sam Stratford Harry Potter tour guide Edinburgh

"Sam was amazing - his knowledge of all things Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling was impressive and he managed to weave in plenty of interesting Edinburgh history. Sam tailored the tour to our interests which meant every moment was enjoyable.

A great way to see Edinburgh and a fun insight into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
Laura C, Tripadvisor

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A private Harry Potter tour with a family outside Edinburgh Castle
It's Master Potter's birthday! Outside Edinburgh Castle he surrenders to the Dark Lord.
Quill writing in the Elephant House on a Harry Potter tour
18th birthday treat: quill writing thankyou letters to JK Rowling, to leave in the Elephant house on a 6 hour tour
Sam Stratford Harry Potter tour guide Edinburgh

"We are an active family and wanted to show our birthday girl the birthplace of Harry Potter. We chose Sam to lead us on this adventure because he offered a tailored tour and came highly recommended.

Sam met and exceeded our expectations with his wit, energy, and enthusiasm. We walked and talked the hours away and we learned and visited the spots that JK Rowling drew her inspiration and ultimately wrote her novels.

This was no mere pilgrimage as we found new facts and fascinating insights to the author and our beloved books. Birthday girl and her sister had a blast while the tolerant mother and nerd father would definitely book Sam again."
G.A. Washington DC, Tripadvisor

The Complete Potterhead
An extensive 6 hour tour with activities. Popular for rites of passage, teachers and people on a pilgrimmage. It stops at a Harry Potter cafe for a great feast & witchcraft classes but it remains a dark and gritty tour about what we can learn from JK Rowling overcoming hardship.

My longer tours have greater depth and range, chosen by professors & teachers, but the Potterhead also has more magic. My briefer tour, JK Rowling's Edinburgh, has won an award for this, not sure the magic deserves it but I'm thankful, the Potterhead has a wee bit more.

Jemima from Balwyn Australia came on my Edinburgh Harry Potter tour

Thank you so much for the tour today Sam, I really appreciated it - my sister won’t stop talking about it 😂 We both enjoyed your in-depth knowledge and your obvious love, not only for Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s life but also your love for everything Edinburgh.

We made sure we reviewed as soon as we sat down for dinner.

Thank you so much for the fun flairs and for making us laugh at our selves a bit. It was a beautiful way to spend a day and we can’t thank you enough!

Jemima (Puddleduck 😂 )

If interested please

contact me

with your party size and availability.

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