The story goes that, when she lived in Porto, in the early 90s, JK Rowling used to frequent Lello and that it was the famous wooden staircases of the bookstore founded in 1906 that inspired her to create those of the Hogwarts School of Magic and Witchcraft, who insist on not stopping still and taking students to areas of the castle where they do not intend to go. But, what if it wasn't so? What if, after all, Lello hasn't inspired Harry Potter?
It seems unlikely, but this is precisely what J.K. Rowling wrote on Twitter this Thursday: “I have never visited this bookshop in Porto. I didn't know it existed! It is beautiful and I wish I had visited it, but it has nothing to do with Hogwarts! ”.
The writer's sharing came in the wake of a first tweet in which she admitted that she was considering creating a section on her website about "Potter's alleged inspirations and birthplaces". In addition to the Lello Bookshop, Rowling gave as an example the café The Elephant House, in Edinburgh, Scotland, which claims to be the birthplace of the young wizard's story (that same information is at the door). "But I wrote it here, so let's leave them alone!", Said the author.
For instance, 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! pic.twitter.com/f83rxBeeyY
– J.K.Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 21, 2020
Lello is one of several places in Porto, where Rowling lived for a short period of time (18 months in all), between 1992 and 1993, associated with the British writer and Harry Potter, partly developed in Portugal. The bookstore became famous for that very reason and regularly organizes events associated with the saga of the “boy who survived”. Lello was, for example, the space chosen for the launch of the English edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the last book in the Harry Potter universe, released in 2016.