J.K. Rowling is addressing fan theories about the birthplace of Harry Potter.
The 54-year-old author responded to fans on Twitter on Wednesday (May 20) regarding the origins of the series.
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“I was thinking of putting a section on my website about all the alleged inspirations and birthplaces of Potter. 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!” she wrote in response to one fan, who asked whether a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Elephant House, was where she came up with the series.
“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,” she then confirmed.
“*If you define the birthplace of Harry Potter as the moment when I had the initial idea, then it was a Manchester-London train. ut 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.”
She also revealed where she came up with the idea of Quidditch.
“This building is in Manchester and used to be the Bourneville Hotel (Pretty sure it’s this building. It might be the one along). Anyway, I spent a single night there in 1991, and when I left next morning, I’d invented Quidditch.”
“I sometimes hear Hogwarts was based on one or other of Edinburgh’s schools, but that’s 100% false, too. Hogwarts was created long before I clapped eyes on any of them! I did finish Hallows in the Balmoral, though, & I can’t lie, I’d rate it a smidge higher than the Bournville,” she went on to reveal.
“My favourite bit of utter nonsense about Potter landmarks is still this one. I can’t drive,” she wrote in response to a fan who said a Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh pointed out the parking meter she used while writing the final Harry Potter.
Harry Potter also went viral in a discussion about the naming of its characters.
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