JK Rowling has revealed the true birthplace of the Harry Potter books in a series of myths that break through the myths.
And it blows everything out of the water at those supposed sights in Edinburgh and beyond.
The Elephant House in Edinburgh claims on its website that it “has become famous as the place of inspiration for writers like JK. Rowling, who wrote many of her early novels in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle.”
But about that cafe, JK Rowling said, “I was thinking of posting a section on my website about all of Potter’s alleged inspirations and birthplaces.
“I wrote Potter for several years before I ever set foot in this cafe, so it’s not the birthplace, but I * wrote * there, so let’s go!”
She revealed that the first time she put pen to paper was on the Potter novels in London.
She explained, “This is the real birthplace of Harry Potter, if you define ‘birthplace’ as the place where I first put pen to paper. * I rented a room in a flat above what was a sports shop at the time.
“Hogwarts’ first stones were placed in a flat in Clapham Junction.”
She added, “If you define Harry Potter’s birthplace as the moment I had the first idea, it was a train between Manchester and London. But I’m happy with the idea that Hogwarts was directly inspired by beautiful places I saw or visited because it’s so far from the truth. ‘
But there was a cafe in Edinburgh where she wrote whole chapters – Nicholson Cafe.
“I always wrote in Nicolsons. I once wrote a whole chapter there in one go and then barely changed a word. Those are the days you remember. I think Nicolsons is now a Chinese restaurant. ”
And that’s just the first of the Potter myths that have been firmly broken.
Next up is the Livraria Lello Porto bookstore, which fans have been drawing for years as the alleged inspiration for the library at Hogwarts.
But JK Rowling didn’t even visit this bookstore.
She added, “I didn’t even know about it! It’s beautiful and I wish I * had visited it, but it has nothing to do with Hogwarts! “
“When it cheered up the people who were disappointed with the bookstore in Porto, I sometimes wrote here. This was probably the nicest cafe I ever wrote in. The Majestic Cafe on Rua Santa Catarina. “
Then, where was Quidditch made up?
“This building is in Manchester and used to be the Bourneville Hotel (I’m pretty sure it’s this building. Maybe it’s this building). Anyway, I spent one night there in 1991 and when I left the next morning I had Quidditch, ”the author revealed.
So what about Hogwarts?
“I have sometimes heard that Hogwarts was based at one of the schools in Edinburgh, but that is also 100% incorrect.
“Hogwarts was made long before I hit any of them in the eye! However, I finished Hallows in the Balmoral, and I can’t lie, I would rate it a little higher than the Bournville.”
Then she explained that she wrote the play about Harry buying his first wand under a tree.
“I wrote the piece where Harry buys his wand sitting under a tree, fittingly enough. (I cannot absolutely guarantee that they did not take the old tree and plant a new one in the same corner of the field. I have been there for almost 30 years. But I think it is this one.)
Apparently, there are rumors from Exeter University that the place inspired Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.
She said they are both untrue.
“I don’t remember going to the Old Firehouse when I was a student and Gandy Street is nothing like Diagon Alley in my head.”
Her favorite ‘utter nonsense’ is a rumor that Rowling uses a specific parking meter in Edinburgh.
“I can’t drive,” she said.
And it seems that after this, companies in Yorkshire need a review.
Twitter user Jane Duke tweeted Rowling, “There are companies here in York who will be fighting anyone (probably you …) who has doubts that Diagon Alley is actually the Shambles. I wouldn’t recommend going between a Yorkshire retailer and their marketing. “
Rowling replied, “Well, it seems I’m having a fight because I’ve never seen or visited the Shambles.”
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, originally published in 1997, introduced the character of Harry Potter and the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In the UK, the book is known under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, while it is published in the US under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Rowling launched Harry Potter At Home, a digital hub hosted on WizardingWorld.com, in April, giving families access to free audiobooks and eBooks of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone during the coronavirus lock.