JK Rowling famously wrote the adventures of the boy wizard in cafes around Edinburgh. The Elephant House Café, Spoon Café and Balmoral Hotel are all ‘official’ places where parts of the series have been written and have been confirmed by the author herself.
The Elephant House is located on George IV Bridge and is a great spot for coffee, cake and people spotting. Many fans have scribbled their own tributes to the books in the toilet cubicles. Just along the road is Spoon Café, formally known as Nicholson’s, where there have been several sightings of Rowling scribbling furiously in a notebook in the 90s. And The Balmoral is where she locked herself away to complete the very last book.
Aside from the cafes and hotel, fans can also visit Greyfriar’s Kirkyard which has been in use since the 16th century and a place where JK Rowling seemed to get inspiration for some character names such as Riddle and McGonagall. You can also see JK Rowling’s immortalised writer’s hands in the courtyard of Edinburgh City Chambers on the Royal Mile where she won an Edinburgh Award in 2008.