J.K. Rowling Is Building This Amazing Harry Potter Tribute In Her Backyard
Who wouldn't want their own little piece of Hogwarts? It sounds like J.K. Rowling is giving herself just that, as the Harry Potter author is reportedly building a structure on her property that bears a striking resemblance to Hagrid's Hut - the movie version of the gamekeeper's home, anyway.
Telegraph posted the story, including a photo of the architectural plan for a stone-built summerhouse, which J.K. Rowling reportedly plans to build on the edge of her Killechassie Estate in Scotland. And there just so happens to be a forest on the edge of that property. The author is presumably unconcerned about acromantula, centaurs, unicorns and any other magical creatures that might wander onto the grounds of her 162-acre property.
Joking aside, it sounds like Rowling had to get approval to build the dwelling and her request was approved, providing no trees are damaged or cut down while the structure is being built.
As EW points out, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling actually describes Hagrid's hut as a small wooden house on the edge of the Forbidden Forest, however the film's version of Hagrid's home is a stone structure, which was originally one small room and then expanded a bit after Chamber of Secrets. The photo above shows what the hut looked like in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From the image of the architectural plan in Telegraph's article, it looks like Rowling's going for a simple round structure, which would likely better resemble the Hut in the first two films...
Set on Hogwarts property, Hagrid's Hut proved to be a relevant location on more than one occasion throughout the Harry Potter series. It's where Hagrid was hiding his dragon egg in the first book, and it's also where the Hippogriff Buckbeak was supposed to be executed. Later on in the series, Hagrid held outdoor lessons near his home when he was teaching Care of Magical Creatures. And in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the hut was burned down during the Death Eaters' raid on Hogwarts.
Beyond the occasional bit of drama that transpired there, Hagrid's Hut proved to be a warm and inviting escape for Harry, Ron and Hermione during the years in which they grew from children to young adults. Throughout the books, the trio would occasionally leave (or sneak out of) the castle and visit Hagrid in his home, where the gamekeeper was usually available to offer a listening ear, friendly support and encouragement, and some barely edible rock cakes.
Is Rowling planning on completely recreating Hagrid's Hut on her property? Who knows. But it's very likely she's got Care of Magical Creatures on her mind these days. The author is currently writing -- or "tweaking" -- the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the first in a trilogy (possibly more) of movies that will follow magical creature expert Newt Scamander as he sets off to pen the book that would be studied by Harry Potter some seventy-plus years later. I imagine Rubeus Hagrid would've loved to chat Newt Scamander up about Blast-Ended Skrewts, hippogriffs and dragons.
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