• Login
Calling all Potterheads! You can now stay in the 'real-life' childhood home of Harry Potter
Posted on 07/11/2019

CultureUnited Kingdom

Twitter Facebook 7 shares

Us ordinary muggles can now spend a couple of nights at the Harry Potter house (and apparently there are ghosts there too!)

We have some siriusly good news for you!

We have some siriusly good news for you!
Alena Kravchenko/123RF

Although your acceptance letter from Hogwarts may have never arrived, you can still fulfill your dreams of becoming a wizard by staying at Harry Potter's childhood home that is now available for rent on Airbnb.

Known in real-life as the De Vere House, this 14-century cottage and the surrounding medieval village of Lavenham in the English county of Suffolk appeared as Godric's Hollow in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's worldwide phenomenon. Flashbacks show how Harry's parents, Lily and James, were attacked and killed here by the notorious villain, He Who Must Not Be Named. At the same time, inside the house is where Voldemort gave Harry his iconic lightning scar.

For just 110 per night, Potterheads can stay in the building's fabulous converted guest house that boasts two bedrooms with four-poster beds and luxurious ensuite bathrooms. Guests can also relax in front of the roaring log fire place in their private sitting room, breathe in the fresh country air in the small garden and wake up to a delicious full English breakfast in the dining room every morning.

Alena Kravchenko/123RF

"JK Rowling was well acquainted with the village and we know her friend stayed here while she was in the process of writing the books, it was surely in her mind when she created Godric's Hollow," said owner Tony Ranzetta in an interview with The Sun.

"The house is often referred to as 'The Harry Potter House' by locals and in the media, and a huge picture of our front door can be seen at the Warner Bros' exhibition on the making of Harry Potter."

Yet spookily, you won't be the only ones staying here overnight - apparently, some guests beyond the grave have made their home here too. "In fact, one of the property's resident ghosts, Sir Francis De Vere, is inspiration for the character of Nearly Headless Nick - Gryffindor's house ghost who was subject to a botched execution while he was alive - and John Cleese's outfit in the films is remarkably similar to the portrait of Francis' costume in his portrait," Tony himself commented.

If you're not afraid of ghosts, then the property is available to rent on Airbnb now for the perfect wizarding world getaway.