Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours

Expect visitors (no, not Dumbledore)
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2016 8:33 AM CDT
Harry Potter's 4 Privet Drive Could Be Yours
A cupboard under the stairs, next to the living room.   (Matt Dunham)

A suburban house that starred onscreen as Harry Potter's childhood home is on the market—complete with a cupboard under the stairs. Fans of the boy wizard will recognize 12 Picket Post Close as 4 Privet Drive, home of Harry's dastardly aunt and uncle, who took Harry in after his parents were murdered, forcing him to sleep under the stairs, per the AP. The house in Bracknell, 30 miles west of London, was featured in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, though a studio set of the house was built for later installments. The recently renovated three-bedroom house is listed at $616,000.

A real estate agent at firm Chancellors says "the original plan was to take this property to market without using any reference to Harry Potter." But since news of the connection got out, interest has shot up, "and that may or may not influence the final price that we achieve at this property." Prospective buyers should know they may have unwanted visitors: A neighbor says the house still attracts Potter fans a decade-and-a-half after the film crews left. When the movie first came out, there were “literally tour buses coming down the road," she says. "It's a lot quieter now," but on "school holidays, you still get people coming along." (Read more Harry Potter stories.)

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