J.K. Rowling Has Debunked A Bunch Of Myths About Harry Potter’s Creation & It’s Got Fans Rattled
We all have heard of the trials and tribulations J.K. Rowling went through to get the world’s most loved fiction off the ground. The author was turned down by publishing houses left, right and centre while living a cash-strapped life as a single mother, but J.K. Rowling persisted in an idea she really believed in.
Rumour has it, J.K. invented the world of Hogwarts and Harry on a train ride through England, while a café in Edinburgh toots that it is the real birthplace of the series.
Well now we can rest easy as J.K. put it all out on the table as to where the Harry Potter franchise was actually conceived.
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! https://t.co/xDOsrbiZwu
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 21, 2020
J.K. went on a ~roll~ and replied to a bunch of fan tweets that quizzed her on where she actually wrote the series, beginning with that aforementioned Edinburgh café.
“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 responded to a fan seeking the truth about the café’s claim to fame.
She continued unravelling myths, including the train and the inspiration behind a lot of her settings.
“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 tweeted.
“A truthful tour of HP ‘inspirations’ would involve a stationery guide pointing a stick at a picture of my head, which would be zero fun and nobody would buy tickets. If I’d genuinely been inspired by every old building, creepy alleyway, pub, graveyard and underpass that’s claimed, I’d have spent my late 20s on a non-stop road trip between locations and I promise I didn’t. I was mostly sitting in places I could get a cheap coffee/could afford the rent & making it all up,” she confirmed.
According to Just Jared, J.K. detailed the place she first put ink to paper in writing the series (though those tweets are seemingly deleted now).
“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.
“*If you define the birthplace of Harry Potter as the moment when I had the initial idea, then it was a Manchester-London train. 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,” she apparently said.
There you have it, Potterheads. If you’ve got a tour guide telling you otherwise on your next Harry Potter expedition, please refer them back to these quotes.
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