A little clip of our funny and animated guide.
The tour began in Greyfriars Kirkyard (cemetery) at the resting place of Bobby, the famous dog.
Just above the bench where Rowling would sit and write is the headstone of William McGonagall. The man was famous for being an exceptionally terrible poet. Rowling loved the name and of course used it for her character Minerva McGonagall.
That wasn't the only deceased person who inspired a character name in the book. Also in the cemetery is the resting place of one Thomas Riddell! Yep, we saw You-Know-Who's grave! Rowling modified the surname spelling so that her famous anagram "I am Lord Voldemort" would work.
Also mentioned though we didn't walk to it on this part of our trip (we did drive past it every time we went into and out of the city though!), is the Balmoral Hotel - "in February 2007 it was confirmed that author J.K. Rowling finished the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at this hotel. Rowling left a signed statement written on a marble bust of Hermes in her room saying; "J.K. Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11th Jan 2007". The room has since been renamed the "J.K. Rowling Suite," and the marble bust has been placed in a glass display case to protect it. The suite, priced at nearly £1,000 per night, is a pilgrimage site for Harry Potter fans."
The tour ended back at my favorite street which apparently was the inspiration behind Diagon Alley with all it's colorful shops! I believe it!