Harry Potter’s open house

Your own taste of wizardy

Sandy Hutchins, Staff Writer

At one point or another we all have either read or seen at least one of J.K. Rowling’s installations in the famous Harry Potter series. A lot of us we wish that we lived in the wonderful world of wizardry that she creates. Now, part of that fantasy can become a reality.

Recently the house Harry Potter grew up in with the Dursleys, the mean and bigoted family who had always despised Harry and his power, is on the market again. For the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, they actually filmed onsite and used the house for outside scenes; however, for the rest of the series they used a set re-creation of the house so it has been on the market for over 13 years. This house is actually for sale for only $620,000, which is comparable to other homes in that area. In the first movie the address was 4 Privet Drive; however, in reality this treasure trove of memories is in Bracknell, Berkshire about 40 miles outside of London on 12 Picket Post Close.

This house has actually changed owners quite a bit. In 2003 the current owner, looking to make a profit, sold the house soon after the release of the first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and again it was sold in 2010 for only $240,000. So if you have a bit over half a million dollars lying around collecting dust, I would highly recommend you investing in the wonderful world of Harry Potter and purchasing this fine home. Not only for its value as a symbol of your childhood but also as a nice house, as it has been recently renovated and updated in the interior.

You may have noticed that Harry Potter is gone, over, fin; however, it has been placed back under the spotlight, literally, and has an 8th installment coming this summer as a play. So, this house may be a hot item again very soon, and causing it to increase in price.