But now Rowling has revealed that Edinburgh is actually not where the writing of the boy who lived started.
“I was renting a room in an apartment above what was then a sports store,” Rowling said on Twitter, with a picture of where she lived when the first book was written. “The first Hogwarts bricks were laid in an apartment in Clapham Junction. “
And the fans were – to borrow from the books – were essentially petrified.
Rowling, who is known to have dropped various unknown bombs and treats on the Twitter franchise, said the true “pencil” birth of Harry Potter himself had occurred in his apartment.
However, she said, the moment she got the idea for the series herself was when she got on a train.
“But I am perpetually amused by the idea that Hogwarts was directly inspired by the beautiful places I have seen or visited, because it is so far from the truth. “
Rowling then dispelled some of the other rumors around his inspirations for key icons in the Harry Potter world.
For example, a fan tweeted a photo from the Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, which allegedly inspired the Hogwarts library. The only problem is that Rowling said she never went there.
“If it appeals to people who are disappointed with the Porto bookstore, I have sometimes written here,” she wrote. “It was probably the nicest cafe I ever wrote in, in fact. “
Rowling also said rumors of his inspiration for Hogwarts himself were also missing the mark.
“I sometimes hear that Hogwarts was based on one of the schools in Edinburgh, but that is 100% false too,” said Rowling.
“Hogwarts was created long before I applied my eyes to one of them!” I finished the relics at the Balmoral, however, and I can’t lie, I would rate it a little higher than the Bournville. “
Of all the “absolute nonsense on Potter’s monuments”, Rowling said that her favorite was the people who went to the parking meter she would have used in Edinburgh while writing the “Deathly Hallows”.
“I can’t drive,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the spoilers regarding the upcoming work, Dumbledore has best expressed his disappointment: “Alas, earwax. “