Firenze, Harry Potter's divination teacher poses for a photo for my walking tour on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Hedwig, Harry Potter's postal owl

In the footsteps of JK Rowling


walking tours inspired by Harry Potter

"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 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.

3 hours

The Complete Potter

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.
JK's spell to overcome anxiety & 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.
Inhale the sweet scents at 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 the most writerly tour, giving:
A Tool to convert cliche to originality.
A strategy to overcome writer's block.
A half a dozen illustrations of transmuting misfortune into story beating with heart.
A mindset for using failure like a piston.

It may even transport you to a magical world, at least if the wind from Edinburgh's 11 breweries is blowing the right way.

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.

For parties of Potter-heads of 3 or more, I also have a 4½ hour Potter tour with stops & activities.

Contact Sam The tour was reported in the Sunday Times
2.5 hours  -   £15

JK Rowling's Edinburgh

Reported in The Times, 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
Gameskeeper R.H.

Visit Old Parliament hall (weekdays only): learn how British history inspired the history of the wizarding world.

Wouldn't it be cool if Rowling's thoughts and example could empower you to lead a more fulfilling, rewarding life? Wouldn't it be cool if there was a tour that showed the way?*

We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already
JK Rowling

*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.
Booking is required, online or by contacting me. Discounts for couples, families, groups. Rowling's Edina: like being friends with Hagrid, more than you bargained for.

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Private tours were chosen by the staff of:

Edinburgh universities Student association chose Potter tour Seal of Depaul university, they studied Harry Potter & chose Potter tour on their visit KPMG chose Edinburgh's free Potter walking tour
2 hours

The Potter Tour

A short private tour on the date of your choice. It has 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.

If you just thought 'They were in different years!'
Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know it all. You should come on my tour.

Enter Greyfriars Kirk-yard 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. And you'll have the time for The Castle and other activities. Do it all or die.

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

With 2 weeks notice I can advertise this tour to make a small public one.

Don't let headmistress 'Blood-Quill' Umbridge catch you, blast out on your broomstick.

Contact Sam

Sometimes this tour, and the others, have the world's worst chocolate frogs at the end (they're very immobile). This is dependant upon Honeydukes breeding program - do not tell kids in case of frog failure.

As featured in the:

The Potter tour was featured in the Daily Mail

Otherwise known as "The Daily Prophet", am I right?

Compare all Edinburgh's Potter tours Young Witch in a Sorting Hat floats in mid air above Princes Street Edinburgh, the Castle in the background
Had a young witch on the tour today, she doesn't even need a broom

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
Spoon cafe & bistro birthplace of Harry Potter
The Elephant House cafe where Harry Potter battled the basilisk
A 3rd cafe where JK Rowling wrote
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
Cast a dissilussionment charm & see if you survive Hogwarts
High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge's roots in the reformation
The Grassmarket & how Nearly Headless Nick got the chop
Victoria Street - 'Diagon Alley' & it's Harry Potter shop
Harry Potter at Edinburgh 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
Young Witch in a Sorting Hat floats in mid air above Princes Street Edinburgh, the Castle in the background
What does Butterbeer ice cream taste like? Mmmm...
Merlin's beard book! Why choose me?
110 minutes minimum. More Rowling, more of the city that inspired her, more fantastic beasts.

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

While this tour is inspired by Harry Potter and designed for Harry Potter fans to have the best visit, it is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Brothers. While I'm a fan, and would love to go on a tour of Edinburgh with Rowling or even Pottermore, I'm not associated with them, or JK Rowling's publishers' either. Besides I want her to keep writing fantastic Fantastic Beast's movies.