The Birthplace of Harry Potter

There’s a coffee shop in Edinburgh, Scotland, that claims to be the birthplace of Harry Potter. Or, more specifically, the cafe in which J.K. Rowling wrote much of her early Harry Potter novels.

Being a Potterhead (as you already know I am from this and this), I couldn’t be in Edinburgh and not visit!

The coffee house is called “The Elephant House,” and it’s on Marshall Street, an easy stroll from the Royal Mile.

Elephant playing soccer GIF

No, no, wrong elephant.

Elephant House sign

Yeah, that’s the one.

Now, I don’t like coffee and I’m not entirely on the tea bandwagon, but the place served food, so I thought I’d go and have a meal there.

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Reindeer 101


Like many children the world over, I lived a quiet life of ignorance and happy Christmases for many a year.

But once I learned the truth about Santa, I simply assumed the whole stinkin’ cast was a sham. Oh, the shame and degradation! Elves. Mrs. Claus. Reindeer. Liars, the lot of them!

So imagine my shock and awe when I found myself face-to-face with a real reindeer!

It was mid-road trip across the Scottish Highlands when I saw the sign for “The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.”

Via tumblr.com.

Via tumblr.com.

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Crosswords & Humbugs Buried in Edinburgh

There’s a little church on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh called Canongate Kirk. (Or the Kirk of the Canongate if you want to sound posh.) It’s the church the Queen attends when she’s in town, and you can see the “royal pew” there.

But that isn’t this little church’s only quirky claim to fame…

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The Harry Potter Bridge

It made its debut in the second Harry Potter movie, right below the flying car, as Harry dangled dangerously from the car door. (And Ron looked on, screaming unhelpfully.)

As much as “that one bridge in Harry Potter” gets the point across, you should know the place is actually called the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is up in the Scottish highlands in Glenfinnan, Scotland.

I'm sure it's an animagus.

I’m sure it’s an animagus.

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Greyfriars Bobby: I Want that Doggy in the…Graveyard?

There’s a grave in Edinburgh, Scotland, that attracts visitors and lovers of loyalty from all over the globe. And it’s not the grave of a human.

Greyfriars Bobby

Let me tell you the legend of Greyfriars Bobby, a little Skye terrier who supposedly proved his loyalty and love beyond comprehension!

The Kirk of the Greyfriars is a church and cemetery that was completed in 1620 and named for the monks of the Franciscan Order that preceded it. (“Kirk” means “church.”)


Greyfriars Kirkyard


The nearly hidden entrance to Greyfriars Kirkyard

In this kirkyard is buried a man named John Gray.

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