It is now more than 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published. In the space of seven books, J.K. Rowling created a world that has resonated far beyond the storied corridors of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.
For those of us who were lucky enough to grow up in parallel to Harry, Ron, Hermione et al, the books represent a significant part our childhood, and conjured vivid imaginings of how our own magical education would play out.
Part of what made the books so successful was the way in which they tackled ostensibly adult themes like death, torture, betrayal and love in a manner that was sensitive and understandable to children, as well as older readers.
Rowling achieved this by darkening the tone of the books as they progressed, meaning that those of us who grew up reading them were gradually introduced to the more adult concepts in Harry Potter. That Harry’s parents were dead – murdered, no less – though, we knew from the beginning.
The Boy Who Lived grew up in chastening circumstances as a result of his parents’ deaths; with his cantankerous Uncle Vernon, insipid, highly strung Aunt Petunia and rotund bully of a cousin, Dudley. But it might have been so different for Harry Potter; had his parents not been cruelly murdered by Lord Voldemort, he would have grown up in the plush, gentle surrounds of Godric’s Hollow with his mother and father.
Although the circumstances of the books meant that he spent but a little time there, for one lucky buyer, the very same house could soon be their home, after it was reported that the Potter family cottage had been put on the market.
The house, which was used to recreate Lily and James Potter’s home in Godric’s Hollow in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, is up for sale, for the princely sum of £995,000.
If you have a burning passion for all things Potter, and a cool million to blow, you could very well be on your way to owning a piece of Harry Potter history, which is, frankly, priceless.
The house is situated in Suffolk, England and in reality is known as the De Vere house, named after the homeowners between the 14th and 17th century. It is reportedly a Grade 1 listed building, boasting six bedrooms, a reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room as well as two kitchens and a huge garden.
For Potter fans, though, such details pale in comparison to its status as a true standing testament to Lily and James, and frankly I am seriously considering selling everything I own and taking out a high interest bank loan in an attempt to buy it.
Before any of us get too carried away and commit to a purchase well beyond our financial means, let’s take five minutes to cool down and read these 12 details from Harry Potter that you’ve probably never noticed before.