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 e-book. “The first bricks of Hogwarts were laid in a flat in Clapham Junction.”
Rowling, who is understood to drop varied bombshells and unknown tidbits in regards to 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 sequence itself was whereas she was driving on a practice.
“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.”
Rowling went on to dispel a number of the different 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 hassle is, Rowling mentioned she has by no means been there.
“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 rumors round her inspiration for Hogwarts itself miss the mark as nicely.
“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 favourite is folks going to a parking meter she supposedly utilized in Edinburgh whereas writing the “Deathly Hallows.”
“I can’t drive,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, in terms of any spoilers about upcoming work, Dumbledore voiced disappointment finest: “Alas, earwax.”