Sure, it's in J.K. Rowling's mind, but the more physical locale of Harry's beginning was at a quaint little cafe and restaurant called The Elephant House in Edinburgh, Scotland.
When I was in Edinburgh this summer, I was able to eat dinner there and have a lovely view of the Edinburgh Castle from the back room's windows. I sat at one of the tables that Rowling most likely sat at when she began writing the first manuscripts of her unforgettable series.
Many think that Edinburgh Castle was in fact an inspiration for Hogwarts Castle. Either way, it was the neatest little place with fantastic views and great food - a place to go to relax and perhaps write the next bestselling novel.
|Outside The Elephant House in Edinburgh|
|The front view of The Elephant House|
|View of Edinburgh Castle from the back room|
|The lovely back room with some interesting elephant decor|