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Rowling’s childhood home for sale

The writer lived in Church Cottage in Tutshill, England from 1974 to 1984, when she left to study at the University of Exeter.

In her former bedroom, there is a small carving on the window frame which reads, “Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982.”

Current owner Julian Mercer, who purchased the property from the Rowling family in 1995, says, “It is a lovely cottage. It is quite small but has wonderful architecture and a gorgeous garden surrounding it.

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“J.K. Rowling would have been here in her formative years and could have taken inspiration from the cottage. The architecture is very Hogwarts-like. It has vaulted ceilings, stone windows and oozes gothic spirit.

“When we first moved in J.K. Rowling was not a known name and it was a couple of years later that the Philosopher’s Stone came out.

“It was then that we knew the significance of the name written on the windowsill. We have redecorated the house completely since moving in but we always painted around it.”

The cottage also features a cupboard under the stairs – much like the one Rowling’s boy wizard was forced to sleep in by his cruel aunt and uncle.

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