For years, followers of the beloved “Harry Potter” franchise have flocked to Edinburgh, Scotland, to go to the websites the place creator J.Okay. Rowling had reportedly began writing the collection.
But now, Rowling has revealed Edinburgh is definitely not the place the writing of the boy who lived started.
“I was renting a room in a flat over what was then a sports shop,” Rowling mentioned on Twitter, with a picture of the place she resided on the time of writing the primary book.
“The first bricks of Hogwarts were laid in a flat in Clapham Junction.”
And followers had been — to borrow from the books — had been basically petrified.
The information got here after a fan posted an image on Twitter of the Elephant House, a espresso store in Edinburgh which on its web site describes itself because the place “made famous as the place of inspiration to writers such as J.K. Rowling, who sat writing much of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle.”
The fan requested Rowling to clarify “the truth about this ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter.”
Rowling, who is understood to drop numerous bombshells and unknown tidbits about the franchise on Twitter, defined that the actual “pen to paper” delivery of Harry Potter himself, occurred in her flat.
However, she mentioned, the second the place she had the thought for the collection itself was whereas she was using on a practice.
“If you define the birthplace of Harry Potter as the moment when I had the initial idea, then it was a Manchester-London train,” Rowling tweeted.
“But I’m perennially amused by the idea that Hogwarts was directly inspired by beautiful places I saw or visited, because it’s so far from the truth.”
As for the excessive flying, bludger smashing recreation of Quidditch, Rowling mentioned it was birthed in 1991 after a one-night keep on the the Bourneville Hotel in Manchester.
Rowling went on to dispel some of the opposite rumors round her inspirations for key icons from the Harry Potter world.
For instance, a fan tweeted an image from the bookstore Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal, that supposedly impressed the Hogwarts library. The solely bother is, Rowling mentioned she has by no means been there.
She did acknowledge that she wrote in a restaurant in Rua Santa Catarina, Portugal.
“If it cheers up the people who’re disappointed about the bookshop in Oporto, I wrote in here sometimes,” she wrote. “This was probably the most beautiful café I ever wrote in, actually.”
Rowling additionally mentioned that rumours round her inspiration for Hogwarts itself miss the mark as properly.
“I sometimes hear Hogwarts was based on one or other of Edinburgh’s schools, but that’s 100% false, too,” Rowling mentioned.
“Hogwarts was created long before I clapped eyes on any of them! I did finish Hallows in the Balmoral, though, and I can’t lie, I’d rate it a smidge higher than the Bournville.”
Out of all of the “utter nonsense about Potter landmarks,” Rowling mentioned her favorite is individuals going to a parking meter she supposedly utilized in Edinburgh whereas writing the “Deathly Hallows.”
“I can’t drive,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, in relation to any spoilers about upcoming work, Dumbledore voiced disappointment greatest: “Alas, earwax.”