How much of a Harry Potter fan are you? Are you enough of a die hard to spend close to $620,000 to own the former on-screen home of the Dursleys, as prominently seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? If so, then you're going to want to start making travel arrangements, and scheduling a look around the Berkshire neighborhood the house occupies in real life, as it's about to go back on the market.
The Daily Mail has reported that the actual house used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is going for £475,000 in local currency, and it's a bit different than you remember it. Mainly, the house has undergone "extensive renovation" that's updated the kitchen, creating a look that's a lot more spacious than one would think. Gone is the outdated look of suburban prosperity that only Vernon and Petunia Dursley could cultivate, and in its place is a beautiful space that looks more in line with a setting from a modern romantic comedy.
Before you even ask, yes, it does look like there's a cupboard under the stairs in the house. The actual house itself was used as the set for the first film, directed by blockbuster director Chris Columbus, so Harry Potter's actual bedroom was a part of the house displayed in the film. And while you may not be able to live in the exact same conditions that Harry and the Dursley family found themselves surrounded by, you'll still have plenty of room in the living room to re-enact classic scenes from Harry's wondrous journey. Moments like the scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that showed the Dursley family being deluged by copies of Harry's acceptance letter to Hogwarts.
Ultimately, this piece of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone history is either a hell of a collector's find, or a reasonable house for a small family. Though if it helps, the house has convenient access to the local rail station for the modern commuter, or would-be Hogwarts student. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how much this property goes for in the end, as the popularity of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world surely hasn't faded, which should only help the selling price. If you're a Harry Potter fan with the cash to splash, then we wish you happy hunting and ask that you share some pictures of your move in day!
However, if you're looking for a more reasonable way to celebrate your fandom, you can always revisit the series through its various films and books. Of course, if you want something new, then Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I and II are currently on stage at the Palace Theater, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will hit theaters on November 18th.
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