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It's been more than two decades since J. Rowling's wildly successful series about the boy wizard first hit our shelves. The anniversary is often marked with new editions of the novels and events. But perhaps the best way to celebrate Harry Potter is to take a trip to where it all began: The beautiful Scottish capital is the adopted home of Rowling, who has lived there since the early s.
The best spot for a Harry Potter pilgrimage? She drew inspiration from the stunning city from its Gothic architecture to its graveyards. Here's how to follow in Rowling's footsteps across Edinburgh: The Elephant House, the birthplace of Harry Potter.
Legend has it she would frequent Edinburgh's cafes for their free heating and cozy atmosphere.
Many of the city's cafes claim to have hosted Rowling, but The Elephant House has proof: There's a surprisingly low-key wall inside with photos of Rowling writing and quotes from the author herself. Grab the window seat at The Elephant House for maximum writing inspiration.
Courtesy Ashleigh Gray These were clearly posed for post-Potter fame, but if you step inside this snug cafe and you're lucky enough to grab a window seat with a view of Edinburgh Castleit's easy to see why Rowling was inspired. This elephant-themed cafe has since become a mecca for writers, poets and dreamers -- all keen to follow in the footsteps of Rowling.
It's also a tourist hotspot: Edinburgh locals can't walk past the cafe without visitors taking selfies. Fortunately the food's tasty too: The Elephant House's bathrooms are covered in Potter-themed graffiti.
Courtesy Ashleigh Gray A visit isn't complete without a trip to the restrooms. The white walls are covered in Harry Potter-themed graffiti -- everything from raunchy HP jokes to heartfelt odes to Rowling. The cafe used to crack down on these scribblings, but it's now accepted it can't be stopped.
Once Harry gets his acceptance letter by owl in the first book, Hogwarts becomes the backdrop to the majority of the series' action. Most modern British schools are nothing like Hogwarts -- but Edinburgh is home to several castle-like institutions that may have inspired Rowling, including Stuart's Melville College and the David Bryce-designed Fettes College the alma mater of fictional hero James Bond.By the time Rowling concluded her Potter series with 's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she was a far cry from the fledgling author writing in corners of coffee shops.
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