Harry Potter And The Livrario Lello
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Once upon a time Livraria Lello was an old beautiful book store. The Lello book store was built in 1906 in Porto, Portugal by the Lello Brothers (Antonio and Jose).
Their book store is one of the most ornate book stores in the world, mixing Neo-Gothic and Art Deco elements. The book store is visually stunning.
Carved wood ceilings, a stain-glass roof, an undulating, opulent red staircase, and even a built-in wheel-barrow on rails for moving the store’s 120,000 books all make the Lello seem like a bookstore out of some fantasy-world.
One day some lady named J.K. Rowling lived in Porto while working on her first book. You might have heard of it- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Livraria Lello is reputed to have inspired parts of Hogwarts.
Since then, it has been inundated with Potter fans from around the world wanting to catch a glimpse and selfie of the bookstore’s interior.
What has resulted is a street-long queue of people who pay five euros per person to look at a set of stairs.
There is another longer queue in the ticket office on the corner if you have failed to buy your ticket online in advance. (That would be me.)
Being a book lover, I wanted to fall in love with this beautiful book store. Unfortunately with all the tourists, the store is so noisy and crowded,
it is hard to even stand and look at the books.
I did manage to buy one. I did also fall in love with a city who’s number one tourist attraction is a book store.