Thursday, February 14, 2013

Portugal: the Harry Potter connection

There's a tiny bookstore tucked in to Porto's downtown district with some of the most amazing architecture I've ever seen.  It's so beautiful that you aren't allowed to take pictures inside; the owners are milking the building for all it's worth, selling overpriced postcards and monitoring the customers for illegal camera usage.  

The bookstore isn't only famous because of the building itself; JK Rowling used to work here, and the staircases at Hogwarts are rumored to be based off of the staircase here.  The school uniform for Hogwarts may also be based on the uniform that many of Porto's university students choose to wear.  

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