Edinburgh - Elephants and Wizards
Trip Start May 30, 2012
83Trip End Nov 07, 2012
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There are several sights in Edinburgh that inspired Rowling to write Harry Potter. When you look out the window of The Elephant House, you see three magnificent sights: old Edinburgh Castle, the spooky Greyfriar's Graveyard, and the amazing George Heriot's School. Ryan already mentioned some neat things about the graveyard, but we also went on a tombstone hunt. On our walking tour, our guide told us about four tombstones that have names that are in the Harry Potter books: McGonagal, Moody, Pettigrew, and Tom Riddle. I only found two out of the four. Ryan and I also went to see the George Heriot's School, which is definitely a school that inspired Hogwarts. It is old and spooky and gorgeous. We weren't allowed inside, as classes were in session, but the security guard let me walk up the drive way to take some photos. He also told us about another school that was similar in architecture, but it had recently been closed down and is now for sale. So we walked about twenty five minutes until we came upon, what can only truly be described as Hogwarts. It took my breath away. I can just imagine being a young witch or wizard and going to Potions or Transfiguration Class there! It used to be a school and college for the deaf, but is now for sale as a "world class hotel." What a shame.
There was still so much more that we saw and did in Edinburgh, but those stories will have to wait for another time. I mean, if we tell you everything now, what will we have left to share when we get back? ;)