You Can Book a Fancy Version of Hagrid’s Hut for the Ultimate Harry Potter Vacation
With her Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling created a fantastical universe so extensive, many fans wanted to live inside of it. Now, that wish can be a reality.
Lodging resembling Hagrid’s hut has opened in northern England. Those who visit the new “Groundskeepers Cottage” in North Yorkshire will be stunned by how closely the cottage resembles the hut as seen in the films, from its wooden steps to the chimney out back to the peaked stone roof.
Hagrid’s Hut was known for its rather humble furnishings, but this version was created with a Malfoy budget. The home cost approximately $250,000 to build and furnish, owner Carol Cavendish told the Daily Mail. But that doesn’t mean the luxurious home loses Hagrid’s aesthetic on the inside. The space is decked out with Hagrid’s style of dangling baskets, ropes, and lanterns.
At the end of the day, guests can relax in the freestanding copper tub — or pay homage to Hagrid and put a gigantic copper kettle on the fireplace. The cottage sleeps up to six people — making it the perfect retreat for a troop of Harry Potter fans.
The home is available to rent from about $250 (£195) per night.
In the books, the small wooden cabin is set away from the hubbub of Hogwarts castle at the edge of the Forbidden Forest. This version is no different. It’s located at North Shire, six acres of countryside in England’s North Yorkshire. The owners have built up the estate as a paradise for fans of fantasy. Other escapes on the estate include a Hobbit’s Hole and Green Dragon Cafe inspired by “Lord of the Rings.”
“Books have always been an important part of my life even after being diagnosed with dyslexia, which meant I had to teach myself to read,” Cavendish told the Daily Mail. “They've also helped me through challenging times when I would turn to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books for pure escapism. That's why it is so fantastic to create an environment where others can also leave behind everyday life and step into their favourite storybook.”
Hagrid’s Hut opened shortly before International Harry Potter Day, celebrated by fans every May 2 to commemorate the Battle of Hogwarts.