"Writers of Edinburgh": So, this one has nothing to do with the picture, except in that when strolling through Edinburgh, particularly the older areas of the Royal Mile, some of the strange, fantastical architecture -- the narrow alleys, sculptures, wynds and tollbooth clocks -- have a certain Harry Potter quality. And this is no coincidence, since JK Rowling is Scottish and wrote much of Harry Potter right here in Edinburgh -- no doubt basing her descriptions of locales such as Diagon Alley on features of the city.
Likewise, Edinburgh is also the home city of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. And you can definitely see shades of Edinburgh in some of the detective's adventures.
Edinburgh is also home to the largest monument to a writer in the world: the Scott Monument. Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott -- whose novels and writings captured the imagination of the 19th century Victorian-era English with the romance of the Highlands and greatly contributed to the subsequent lifting of bans on displays of Highland culture that had been imposed in the years after the defeat of the Jacobite rebellions at Culloden.