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The bookstore that inspired JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series

Livaria Lello is the name of the notable bookstore in Porto, Portugal that inspired JK Rowling in writing the Harry Potter series. 

Known as a reader and writer hangout since its inception in 1906, the bookstore includes the fantastical twisting stairwell reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.   

An image of the staircase at Livaria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal
An image of the ceiling at Livaria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal
An image of book ornaments hanging from ceiling at Livaria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal
An image of little girl doll reading a book at Livaria Lello bookstore in Porto, Portugal

Find out more about the intricate staircase and beautiful bookshop here.

Images courtesy Livraria Lello on Facebook


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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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