ceiling Height dizzying, woodwork, enchanting, stairs majestic... The bookstore Lello, located at Porto, could come straight out of a decor of Harry Potter. A rumor crazy ran for years : it was under the wood paneling that the author of the saga would have found the inspiration to write his legendary saga and imagine Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and English.
Las, J. K. Rowling comes to break the spell in a few lines on Twitter. "I've never visited this bookstore in Porto. I never even knew its existence ! The place is beautiful and I would have loved to have visited, but it has nothing to do with Hogwarts, " said the novelist who has lived in Portugal at the beginning of the 1990s.
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
Rowling has broken the dreams of many fans
A new that has showered many Portuguese : "Rowling has broken the dreams of many fans ", laments in particular the daily newspaper Diário de Notícias. The response 2.0 the author has not had to delight the bookstore Lello, which receives nearly one million visitors per year, thanks in part to the famous sorcerer. The entrance had even been made pay (5 euros per person) by 2015. To cultivate that link, the school had even bought in the 2019 first-edition large-format Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone, as indicated by our colleagues from International Mail. Cost of operation : € 70 000.
not To be angry with Portugal as a whole, J. K. Rowling has admitted to have written part of the saga in a café, emblematic of the Portuguese city : the Majestic Cafe. "It was probably the most beautiful café in which I've ever written. The Majestic Cafe on the Rua Santa Catarina ", she tweeted. For the little story, the first lines of the best-selling book have been written over a sports shop in Clapham, in south London. Far from the sun of Porto.
If it cheers up the people who re disappointed about the bookshop in Oporto, I wrote in here sometimes. This was probably the most beautiful coffee I ever wrote in, actually. The Majestic Cafe on Rua Santa Catarina. pic.twitter.com/xo2UUYzb0n— J. K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 21, 2020