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How do I…relive my Harry Potter Fantasies in Scotland

An aerial view of a green valley in Scotland.

You’ve re-read the books, binged on the films, and now you’re ready for the real thing.

Well, we got you: here are the best spots in Scotland to live your best Harry Potter life at…

Hit up Victoria Street

In Edinburgh’s enchanting old town you’ll find colourful Victoria Street, one of the sources of inspiration forJK Rowling’s Diagon Alley. The colourful boutiques and backstreets that line this iconic curved road will have you instantly transported to a decidedly wizarding world.

A city street with numerous buildings in Scotland.

Get cosy at Elephant House

This adorable cafe is the exact spot where JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter, and has thus been dubbed ‘The Birthplace of Harry Potter’. Hardcore fans can sit in her spot, and warm themselves with a coffee or hot choccie while paying homage to the Rowling’s talent. You never know, maybe a hit book idea could come to you in the moment…

The Harry Potter-inspired elephant house in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Experience deja vu at Glenfinnan Viaduct

Oh, what any of us would give to board the Hogwarts Express. The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct is the real-life bridge to Hogwarts, and let me tell you it’s just as impressive in real life as it is on screen. For the full authentic experience, hop on the Jacobite Steam Train and let the fangirling commence…

A Harry Potter train crossing a bridge in Scotland.

Get immersive at the Harry Potter escape room

In the mood to solve some spellbinding mysteries? Edinburgh’s department of magic has got you covered with a Harry Potter immersive escape room experience, where you’ll be catapulted into the world of Hogwarts as you work together with your fellow witches and wizards to solve riddles. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Scotland.

Channel Hagrid’s spirit at Glencoe

The breathtaking vistas of Glencoe served as the setting for Hagrid’s hut, but you will have spotted it throughout the film series as a stunning backdrop to all the other-worldly dramas the trio were getting themselves into (the scene were Malfoy gets punched by Hermione, for example). Swathes of enigmatic panoramas framed by hills will have you utterly transfixed.

Scotland's highland glens, in the Scottish Highlands, are reminiscent of the magical settings of Harry Potter.

Bond with your own Hedwig at the Scottish owl centre

What is a witch or wizard without their owl? That question is exactly why the Scottish Owl Centre should be high up on your list of Scotland must-do’s. You can get to know the actual real-life owl sister of Errol, Ron’s owl in the film series. If you’ve ever felt an affiliation with birds every since you first clapped eyes on Hedwig, now’s your chance to learn a few tricks…

A barn owl is looking at the camera in Scotland.