J.K. Rowling wrote the first of Harry Potter’s books in Edinburgh in 1997 and she wrote the last one book in 2007.
When she first wrote it, she had no idea it would become the most famous and beloved fantasy saga in the world. Its popularity has grown so much that 8 films have been made and a TV series will be possibly made in the future.
The saga centers on the adventures of the young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story is mainly based on the fight between the protagonist and Voldemort, mirror of the everlasting fight between the good and the evil.
She wrote the books while experiencing a moment of depression and poverty: indeed, she had just broken up with her husband and had recently become a mother. She had proposed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to many publishing houses but all of them rejected it.
It is told that she had come to live in Edinburgh to get the support of her sister. One day she visited the National Library often and then, sitting at the table of The Elephant House café, a few steps from that building, to grab a cappuccino and she started writing what it was destined to be her masterpiece.
The Elephant House Café is considered as a landmark of the city where Harry Potter fans must stop and visit at least once in their life.
The bar bathrooms themselves have become a homage to Harry Potter. The walls are covered in scribbles, pen marks and markers, as people compete here to join the ever-growing list of “Dumbledore’s Army”, filling every useful space with inscriptions.
So, if you are big fan of Harry Potter you will like these little curiosities:
- The magical Hogwarts castle is said to really exist and is located in Northumberland, North England.
- The character of Ron Weasly is inspired by the best friend of J.K. Rowling, Sean Harris.
- In a 2014 interview, the writer admits she regrets her choice to marry Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger; in fact, she wanted Hermione to get engaged to Harry but then, she discarded the idea. Or even there was the small hypothesis of a relationship between Draco Malfoy and Hermione, who would become a Death Eater in the service of Voldermort.