But now, Rowling has revealed that Edinburgh is not actually the place where the boy who lived lived started writing.
“I was renting a room in an apartment above what was once a sporting goods store,” Rowling said on Twitter, with an image of where she resided at the time of writing the first book. “The first bricks of Hogwarts were laid in an apartment in Clapham Junction.”
The fan asked Rowling to explain “the truth about this Harry Potter” birthplace “.”
Rowling, who is known to drop various unknown bombs and tidbits on the Twitter franchise, explained that the true birth of Harry Potter’s “pen on paper” occurred in his apartment.
However, he said, the moment he got the idea for the series itself was while on a train.
“But I am perpetually amused by the idea that Hogwarts was directly inspired by beautiful places that I have seen or visited, because it is so far from the truth.”
Rowling has continued to dispel some of the other rumors about her inspirations for key icons from the world of Harry Potter.
For example, a fan tweeted a photo of the Livraria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal, which allegedly inspired the Hogwarts library. The only problem is, Rowling said she has never been there.
“If it cheers up people who are disappointed with the Oporto bookstore, I have written here sometimes,” he wrote. “This was probably the nicest coffee I’ve ever written in, actually.”
Rowling also said rumors about her inspiration for Hogwarts are also missing.
“Sometimes I feel that Hogwarts was based on one or the other of the Edinburgh schools, but that too is 100% false,” Rowling said.
“Hogwarts was created long before I applauded any of them! I finished the Saints in the Balmoral, however, and I can’t lie, I would rate it as higher smoke than Bournville.”
Of all the “total nonsense about Potter’s landmarks,” Rowling said that her favorite is the people who go to a parking meter that she supposedly used in Edinburgh while writing the “Deathly Hallows”.
“I can’t drive,” he wrote.
Unfortunately, when it comes to spoilers on the upcoming job, Dumbledore has best expressed the disappointment: “Alas, earwax”.
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