J.K. Rowling denies Edinburgh locations like Victoria Street and Greyfriars Kirkyard inspired Harry Potter books
The Harry Potter writer hit back at claims that Edinburgh streets inspired locations in her best-selling books.
She wrote: “No real street inspired Diagon Alley, I’m afraid. It came out of my head!”
The author said she’d never seen 99% of the places that claim to be the inspiration, including Victoria Street, when she first wrote about the shopping street in her fictitious wizarding world.
The Old Town street is featured in many Harry Potter walking tours, as is Greyfriars Kirkyard. The gravestones in the Edinburgh cemetery were thought to be the inspiration for many characters in the Harry Potter books, however, Ms Rowling has denied this.
"One of my children went on one of those Potter walking tours with their best mate for a laugh. They came home with a ton of information that was news to me”, she said.
She added: “I feel bad for the tourist boards saying it, but all locations in Potter are entirely imaginary bar one.” Ms Rowling went on to tell fans that 4 Privet Drive - the house where Harry Potter lived with his aunt, uncle and cousins in the book – had the same layout as a house she lived in as a child.