J.K. Rowling Secretly Buys Childhood Home That Started It All

Long before the world-renowned author became a staple for bookshelves everywhere, she was growing up in the magical church cottage that inspired it all.

Located in the quaint village of Tutshill, Gloucestershire, the home is anything but lacking in serene views and mystical quirks, including an under-stairs cupboard that may sound familiar to fans of the series, and a bedroom wall with a scribbled marking “Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982”. Rowling reportedly spent the formative years of her life, age nine to eighteen, there with her family and later purchased it back again under her married name.

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The low-key transaction reportedly cost Rowling a whopping $505,000 in 2011 and has only come to light now due to renovations finally being approved on the historically listed building.  Though it is unclear what exactly she plans to do with the 170-year-old home, some locals contemplate whether it may become a vacation home for families in need. Uh, hello, I’m in need!

featured image via Wikipedia 

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