The childhood home of
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is now up for sale for $642,000. Located on the Welsh border in a small village called Tutshill, it's no wonder that Rowling dreamed up the Harry Potter books after living in this enchanting house. View the listing.
The childhood home of
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is now for sale for $642,000. Located on the Welsh border in a small village called Tutshill, it's no wonder that Rowling dreamed up the Harry Potter books after living in this enchanting house. View the listing.
Take in that view! The house is located in the village of Tutshill, which for those who know their Harry Potter, is the also the name of Tutshill Tornadoes, one of the teams that plays Quidditch in the series. Neat!
The book series, which was conceived by Rowling on a train trip from Manchester to London in 1990, has sold more than 400 million copies and won multiple awards. Fearing that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman (Joanne), Rowling's publishers asked that she use two initials rather than her full name.
Rowling's former home is reportedly owned by a BBC producer. The famous author has so far not made an offer on the house.
The abode was designed around 1852 by Henry Woodyer, a Gothic Revivalist architect. Judging by the interior photos, the property retains many of its original features.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the series, was casted for the role at just 11 years old. Boy, has he grown! Now the star is singing and dancing on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
One of the three bedrooms in the home. Is this where Rowling dreamed up all of her wizardly tales?
The timing of this listing couldn't be more perfect. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" was just released and cast a spell on the global box office.
The final film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" has garnered international blockbuster success as the biggest domestic, foreign and global opening of any film,
ever. Surely Rowling couldn't have predicted "Harry's" massive achievement in the box office!
A view of Rowling's former living room. Perhaps just as interesting as the book series itself is Rowling's rags-to-riches story: she went from living on benefits to multi-millionaire status in just five years. She's now one of the richest women in the U.K., and as of March 2011, her net worth is estimated at $1 billion, making her richer than even the Queen.
Those who doubt that Rowling actually lived here can look at the small inscription on the windowsill that says, "Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982." The inscription remains even after several renovations.
“It All Ends,” the posters for the final Potter film solemnly promised. But the New York premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2" was no funeral invite. Emma Watson looked stunning as she took to the red carpet with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint to celebrate the wizard franchise.
They grow up so fast, those little wizards.
It was a tearful goodbye for the cast and for Rowling at the UK premiere of the series' final film. Although Rowling has said that she will not write any more "Potter" books, an online-reading experience called
"Pottermore" is in the works to keep the spirit of the Boy Who Lived alive for generations to come.