The Potter Trail

This free walking tour is geared for Potter fans young and old: Plenty of Harry Potter lore blended with some mild speculation, historical information and plenty of jokes. You’ll be informed on where JK really hung out, which parts of the city contributed to which part of the books and learn a bit about real events such as the fate of witches in Medieval Scotland, what The Elephant House is really the birthplace of and such characters as Lockhart, a notorious lawyer and McGonagall, a poet who made his money from being deliberately awful.

A good way to see parts of the city that you may not be familiar with, or that you know well but still hold secrets.

The tour lasts for an hour and a half but does not involve too much walking, starting at the Greyfriars Kirkyard and ending further up at Victoria Terrace. Though the groups are often large, the tour is delivered with enthusiasm, and is worth it for the small gems of Potterlore that you will take from it. Match your tour guide’s enthusiasm with your own and you won’t find a damp squib among the jokes—and there’s enough off-beat information about Edinburgh for those who have been dragged along by friends or family to stay entertained. It is a good way to see parts of the city that you may not be familiar with, or that you know well but still hold secrets. For the real fans, there are points up for grabs for your chosen Hogwarts house, and there’s even the chance to use some magic with the house-coloured wands provided—even if Hufflepuff is left out (again). 

Reviews by Fiona Mossman

Gilded Balloon at the Museum

The Snow Queen

★★★★
Assembly George Square Studios

Sarah Kendall: Shaken

★★★★★
Underbelly, Cowgate

The Hours Before We Wake

★★★★
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Wendy Wason: Tiny Me

★★★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

The Female Question

★★★
Paradise in Augustines

Lest We Forget

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Grab a wand and join your robed guide on the only tour in Edinburgh designed especially for Potter fans! You’ll discover the magical locations that inspired characters and scenes in the series, visit the places where JK Rowling wrote the books and even learn about the real-life witches and wizards of medieval Edinburgh. Saturday and Sunday 2pm tours feature live magic from Magus Negus. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 and 2014.

Most Popular See More

The Lion King

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

My Fair Lady

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets