J.Okay. Rowling Reveals Harry Potter’s Actual ‘Birthplace’ – Why Fans Are Shocked

by Jeremy Spirogis
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J.Okay. Rowling’s revelation this week that she started writing her legendary Harry Potter ebook sequence in a distinct location than followers had initially believed has rocked their world.

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And why it’s freaked them out makes full sense.

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From the time the writer started publishing her wizarding sequence in 1997, avid followers eagerly wolfed up any and each tidbit obtainable on the writer and what impressed her to write down the books.

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that the seven-book sequence swept up a era of kids, and extra after that, with its depiction of orphaned Harry Potter, who discovers not solely that he’s a wizard, however that his future is related to the villainous Lord Voldemort.

Once followers realized that Rowling had supposedly written a few of the sequence in a restaurant in Edinburgh, it turned a daily vacationer attraction for Potter followers.

The cafe many thought Harry Potter was born in

For all these years, over twenty to be a bit extra particular, the story was created that J.Okay. Rowling had begun writing the Harry Potter sequence in The Elephant House cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Finally, this week on Twitter, she laid all of the details out.

After a fan tweeted Rowling together with a photograph of The Elephant House, asking the writer to ‘tell me the truth about this birthplace of Harry Potter,’ the 54-year-old received sincere.

“I was thinking of putting a section on my website about all the alleged inspirations and birthplaces of Potter,” Rowling wrote. “I’d been writing Potter for several years before I ever set foot in this cafe, so it’s not the birthplace, but I *did* write in there so we’ll let them off!”

Fans spent their cash to go to what they thought was the precise ‘Harry Potter birthplace’

Now residing in Scotland, Rowling shared with followers that the precise location the place one of many biggest literary characters of all time was born . . . was above a sports activities provide retailer.

“This is the true birthplace of Harry Potter, if you define ‘birthplace’ as the spot where I put pen to paper for the first time. I was renting a room in a flat over what was then a sports shop. The first bricks of Hogwarts were laid in a flat in Clapham Junction.”

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A bookstore in Portugal was one other location Rowling was thought to have written the beginning of her sequence. But she mentioned, “. . . I never visited this bookshop in Oporto. Never even knew of its existence! It’s beautiful and I wish I *had* visited it, but it has nothing to do with Hogwarts!”

A fan who’d clearly visited the Edinburgh cafe solely due to Rowling’s fame there tweeted, “Damn I spent money wrongly but I admit that The elephant house has the best brownie.”

And one other fan who’d plunked cash right down to say she’d visited a J.Okay. Rowling writing web site mentioned, “Paid for an Irish coffee in the ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter in November. Little did I know I’d been passing the true birthplace on Northcote Road for years.”

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