Edinburgh was the first city to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2004. Home to such famed writers as Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the world’s biggest monument to a writer (Sir Walter Scott) and the birthplace of Trainspotting, the city is well known for its strong literary heritage.
For some, however, the Scottish capital is better known for just one author, and as the homeland of a certain wizard. This year marks the 20th anniversary of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, published in the U.K in June 1997 and renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when it arrived in the U.S. the following year. Rowling wrote the book while living in Edinburgh, where she still resides. Ahead, we’re exploring her old haunts and the hallowed places that appear in the book.