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‘J.K Rowling slept here circa 1982’: Harry Potter author buys back Grade II listed home

J.K Rowling has purchased the Grade II listed cottage where she spent almost a decade of her childhood.

The property has unique features and is even home to a cheeky note the Harry Potter author scrawled into the wall when she was 17-years-old that read: ‘Joanne Rowling slept here, circa 1982’.

Rowling, 54, along with her husband Dr Neil Murray, have even commissioned major renovation works for the property in Wye Valley near Chepstow, it was revealed today. 

Church Cottage at Tutshill  (pictured above) was the multi-millionaire writer’s home from the ages of 9 to 18

Church Cottage at Tutshill  (pictured above) was the multi-millionaire writer’s home from the ages of 9 to 18

Church Cottage at Tutshill  (pictured above) was the multi-millionaire writer’s home from the ages of 9 to 18

The property has unique features and is even home to cheeky note the author scrawled into the wall when she was 17-years-old that read: ‘Joanne Rowling slept here, circa 1982’

The property has unique features and is even home to cheeky note the author scrawled into the wall when she was 17-years-old that read: ‘Joanne Rowling slept here, circa 1982’

The property has unique features and is even home to cheeky note the author scrawled into the wall when she was 17-years-old that read: ‘Joanne Rowling slept here, circa 1982’

Church Cottage at Tutshill was the multi-millionaire writer’s home from the ages of 9 to 18, the property had previously gone on the market for £400,000.  

Edinburgh based Caernarfon Lettings Ltd, the property company Rowling runs with her husband, has now purchased the property with Rowling listed at the person in ‘significant control’ of the firm.

Forest of Dean District Council has granted the pair planning permission to install two rear dormer windows and knock down and rebuild the garage.

Rowling is pictured above in 2011 at the premier for the Deathly Hallows movie

Rowling is pictured above in 2011 at the premier for the Deathly Hallows movie

Rowling is pictured above in 2011 at the premier for the Deathly Hallows movie

The author lived at the house with her late mother Anne, a science technician, and her father Peter, a Rolls Royce worker in Bristol, and sister Diane from the age of nine to 18.

Rowling was born in Gloucestershire in 1965. 

Her parents Anne Volant and Peter Rowling first met in London when boarding a train at King’s Cross Station – a station that features heavily in her novels.

When she was four-years-old the family moved to Winterbourne.

They lived their until moving to Chepstow and into the cottage when Rowling was nine-years-old. 

During her teenage years she was head girl at the nearby Wyedean School in Sedbury.

When she was 15-years-old her mother was diagnosed with M.S, which subsequently killed her a decade later.

Two years after Anne’s death, Rowling’s father re-married. Rowling’s step mother Janet was in attendance at her graduation ceremony at Exeter University. 

The author, who is most famous for her Harry Potter series, but who has also penned other books such as The Casual Vacancy, is believed to have based characters such as Professor Severus Snape and Harry’s ginger-haired pal Ron Weasley on people she met there.

J.K Rowling is pictured above with her father Peter James Rowling in 2000. When Rowling was growing up her worked at Rolls Royce in Bristol

J.K Rowling is pictured above with her father Peter James Rowling in 2000. When Rowling was growing up her worked at Rolls Royce in Bristol

J.K Rowling is pictured above with her father Peter James Rowling in 2000. When Rowling was growing up her worked at Rolls Royce in Bristol 

Rowling's father (left) re-married after her mother died. Rowling's step mother Janet (right) was in attendance at her graduation ceremony at Exeter University. J.K Rowling is pictured centre

Rowling's father (left) re-married after her mother died. Rowling's step mother Janet (right) was in attendance at her graduation ceremony at Exeter University. J.K Rowling is pictured centre

Rowling’s father (left) re-married after her mother died. Rowling’s step mother Janet (right) was in attendance at her graduation ceremony at Exeter University. J.K Rowling is pictured centre

On leaving school she left home and went to Exeter University before studying in Paris. 

She worked for Amnesty International in London before moving to Scotland, where she has resided since.

Rowling previously named a Quidditch team after the area ‘Tutshill Tornadoes’.

The house was sold by her father in 1995 to BBC producer Julian Mercer and he sold it again, for £399,950, in 2011.

The architecture of the Gothic style cottage, thought to have been designed by architect Henry Woodyer, has been described as ‘very Hogwarts-like.’

Inside the property: When the property went up for sale in 2011 the estate agents posted these images of one of the bedrooms

Inside the property: When the property went up for sale in 2011 the estate agents posted these images of one of the bedrooms

Inside the property: When the property went up for sale in 2011 the estate agents posted these images of one of the bedrooms

Inside the property: The image above shows the living room at the property when it went on sale in 2011

Inside the property: The image above shows the living room at the property when it went on sale in 2011

Inside the property: The image above shows the living room at the property when it went on sale in 2011

It has vaulted ceilings, stone windows and includes an under-stairs cupboard, similar to the one aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon Dursley forced Harry Potter to live in before he left for Hogwarts.

It also has a cellar reminiscent of the one where Harry searches for the Philosopher’s Stone in the first novel.

In January last year planning agents obtained permission to change the windows and garage of the house – originally a schoolhouse and then rectory – after a report was submitted listing all the work proposed by the owners.

Neighbours: The St Lukes Church in Tutshill, which is next door to the Church Cottage

Neighbours: The St Lukes Church in Tutshill, which is next door to the Church Cottage

Neighbours: The St Lukes Church in Tutshill, which is next door to the Church Cottage

The report said the roof needed stripping back and repaired with the same tiles, the secondary glazing should be repaired, the plastic gutters replaced with metal ones, the chimneys swept and the bathroom replaced.

The report said the owners intended to keep original features like cast iron fireplaces, lime plaster, wooden floorboards and cottage style doors and take out modern additions such as plasterboard, vinyl floors and bathroom tiles.

The quarry tiled floor around the trap door is to be repaired and retained and the house redecorated says he report.

There is speculation about what Rowling and her husband plan to do with the house after the renovations are complete.

Rowling, 54, along with her husband Dr Neil Murray (pictured together above), have even commissioned major renovation work for the property

Rowling, 54, along with her husband Dr Neil Murray (pictured together above), have even commissioned major renovation work for the property

Rowling, 54, along with her husband Dr Neil Murray (pictured together above), have even commissioned major renovation work for the property

Some locals believe she may convert it into a holiday home for deprived families while others conjecture that she simply wants to acquire properties which formed part of her life to preserve and protect them.

At the beginning of this morning Rowling stunned Harry Potter fans after she launched ‘Harry Potter At Home’, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. 

MailOnline has contacted Rowling’s representatives.  

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