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


Follow the footsteps of the author and make an unique itinerary in Porto.


J.K. Rowling moved to Porto after the death of her mother, Anne, in 1991. The author went to teach English, married, had a daughter and wrote the first three manuscript chapters of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Porto is a charming city and many of the city’s sites were an inspiration to the author. 

Here are 5 places you can visit and take a picture like Harry and his friends.

1. Café Majestic

The front door of Majestic

How about starting the day with breakfast at this beautiful marble-table cafe, where the author wrote her 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

Tati from @mundodosviajantes on the stairs of the bookstore

The moment that every fan is thrilled is when entering the emblematic Lello Bookstore. The bookstore’s central stairs, it’s the main business card, seem to teleport visitors directly to Hogwarts. Opened in 1906, it has been considered several times as one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

Tip: Buy the ticket from the website before you visit, if not, prepare to wait 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 is very important for the book, not for its monumental building, or for being one of the oldest universities in the country, but for the school uniform, which is composed of a black suit, white shirt and a black cover, that inspired the uniforms of Hogwarts. 

Get used to walking the streets of the city and the country and watching students wear the suit on a daily basis, it’s a tradition all over 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 of all kinds was the inspiration of the flying brooms of 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

Last but not least, to finish this magical itinerary, nothing better than ending in the charming Crystal Palace gardens, source of inspiration for the Black Forest of the saga, and still have the privilege of enjoying a beautiful view of the Douro River.

Address: Rua de Dom Manuel II, Porto

From 08 AM to 09 PM – Every day   

Don’t forget to tag @inlifeportugal in stories when following our tips 😉. 

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