Five Places That Inspired J. K. Rowling to Write Harry Potter


Follow the footsteps of the author and make a magic itinerary in Porto.

J. K. Rowling moved to Porto after the death of her mother, Anne, in 1991. The author went to teach English classes, got married, had a daughter and it was here that she wrote the first three chapters of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Many of the places in this charming city served as a source of inspiration for the author.

We suggest you 5 magnificent places to visit, where you can recreate the magic of the books of the famous saga.

1. Café Majestic

The front door of Majestic

The old Café Majestic (dating from 1921) is one of the emblematic establishments in the city and it is in the Top 10 of the most beautiful cafes in the world. How about starting the day with breakfast at this beautiful cafe with marble tables, where J. K. Rowling wrote his favorite chapter of the book, “The Mirror of Erised”?

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 112, Porto 

Monday to Saturday 9 AM to 11:30 PM                        

2. Livraria Lello & Irmão

Inside stairs in Livraria Lello

A high moment for the fans is the entrance to the emblematic Livraria Lello. The central stairs of the bookshop, so emblematic, give us the feeling of being teleported directly to Hogwarts. Founded in 1906, this bookstore is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Tip: Buy the ticket on the website before the visit, to avoid waiting in line for a long time.

Address: Rua das Carmelitas 144,  Porto

From 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM – Every day

Ticket: €5                              

3. Universidade do Porto

The Porto University greatly influenced the author of Harry Potter, not only because of its monumental building, or because it is one of the oldest universities in the country, but mainly because of the university students’ attire. This is composed of a black suit, a white shirt and the typical black cape, a great source of inspiration for the uniforms of Hogwarts students.

Do not be surprised if you see several students dressed like that during the day, walking the streets: it is a student tradition that happens in the various universities in the country.

Address: Praça de Gomes Teixeira, Porto

From Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM     

4. Escovaria de Belomonte 

Brooms Store Entrance

Opened in 1927, this friendly handmade broom shop inspired the existence of flying brooms in Harry’s universe.

Address: Rua do Belomonte, 34, Porto

Monday to Saturday 09 AM to 07 PM

5. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

Garden view

To close this magical tour, nothing better than visiting the enchanting Gardens of the Crystal Palace, a source of inspiration for the Black Forest of the saga, with the added privilege of enjoying the magnificent view of the Douro River.

Address: Rua de Dom Manuel II, Porto

From 08 AM to 09 PM – Every day   

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