THE childhood home of Harry Potter author JK Rowling is up for sale.

Church Cottage, Tutshill, where JK Rowling may have drawn some inspiration for her world famous novels, is asking for offers in the region of £399,950, by Properts of Chepstow.

The former schoolhouse, built in around 1852 by Gothic Revivalist architect, Henry Woodyer, has retained many of its original features, and even comes with an inscription from the author herself – ‘Joanne Rowling slept here 1982.’ The village of Tutshill, where the world-famous author went to school, features in the series – a quidditch teams takes its name.

The house’s current owner Julian Mercer bought the three-bedroom house from the Rowling family in 1995, which has a trapdoor leading to a cellar – a disused rainwater reservoir with a brick-vaulted ceiling.

Meanwhile cinemas in Gwent are reporting strong ticket sales for the release of the last blockbuster Harry Potter film.

Cineworld in Newport was expecting to fill its 460-seat allocation for its midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two) yesterday and were considering putting it on in an extra screen.

Operations manager Danielle Bond said the film will be shown around 12 times over the weekend, and they are expecting it to be a sell-out.