city breaks, porto, portugal, travel

Visiting Livraria Lello in Porto

June 1, 2016

First of all, I just want to say that I am a massive Harry Potter fan. I can chat about the books for hours upon hours and yes, somewhere out there on the internet you can find fanfiction I’ve written about my favourite OTP Draco/Ginny.

It’s no surprise that because I’m such a huge fan, the one place I was looking forward to in Porto above anywhere else was Livraria Lello, the most beautiful bookshop in Europe and where JK Rowling wrote the first few chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is also rumoured that the staircase in the bookshop inspired Dumbledore’s office in the books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would have loved to do an entire Harry Potter pilgrimage in Porto to see what inspired what, but I’m not a huge lover of reality behind fiction. It’s probably the same reason why I’m not a fan of the Harry Potter films. I’d rather be immersed in the books and live through it in my own imagination.Maybe it’s just me but Livraria Lello was a disappointment and as a Harry Potter fan, it pains me to say it. First of all, they charge €3 to enter, which is outrageous in my opinion. Yes, the price does get knocked off anything you buy but who wants to be buying heavy books when you’re travelling?Secondly, it’s crowded in there! Okay, I wasn’t smart and visited during what I assume was peak time. I’d recommend visiting early in the morning if you can to beat the crowds as it’s almost impossible to get a picture of the staircase without anyone on it and you can forget about getting that cute selfie.But once you get over those things it is a beautiful bookshop and if you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, it’s worth it just to say you’ve been there.


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