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.

I'd be thrilled to host a private Potter tour, just for your group.



"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

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

phone:  44 7472 032 787

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Thoughts on birthdays

See a unicorn on a Harry Potter walking tour Well if you're considering me - thanks! I think it better to give the kids a choice though. At least two. People value more what they choose for themselves and it's a day of heightened emotions, so offer them a couple of alternatives, just for their birthday let them be the boss. If they choose a tour, brilliant!

In all cases make sure they're warm, the tour has a bit of standing around, but not overheating. If it rains, bring a trident.

Quill writing in the Elephant House on a Harry Potter tour
Quill writing thankyou letters to JK Rowling, to leave in the Elephant house for an 18th birthday on a 5 hour tour

"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
A 5ish hour tour with activities. Popular for rites of passage and people on a pilgrimmage. It stops at Spoon bistro for a great feast and witchcraft classes.

This could be:

I admit these can be a stretch for first years, but stretching makes the witch.

What has helped make this a success so far is having a guardian along who embraces the tomfoolery and so leads others into it.

The length so far ranges from 4 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours, depending upon queues, eating, conversations and walking speed.
I can do tours of up to 6 people like this on weekdays, sometimes a shorter version can be run on Sundays.
It remains a dark and gritty tour about what you can learn from JK Rowling overcoming hardship.
It's only suited to parties where at least one person has read all the books.

It's possible to do a shorter tour including the activities if wanted.
It maybe best not to tell the party about the activities, would it be more fun as a surprise?

I'm very happy to do these tours because they're something different, apparently 'unforgettable' - my life is so hard. If interested please contact me with your party size and availability.