Man Builds Incredible Monopoly Set For His Harry Potter Obsessed Girlfriend
Hey, we've all got to find ways to keep ourselves amused, haven't we?
While playing Monopoly is something of a gamble - who hasn't had a huge family-shattering row over Christmas? - you have to admit, it's a thing of beauty.
It's the creation of primary school teacher Alex, who decided that he wanted to go above and beyond to make a game just for his girlfriend Chloé.
However, it's something they can both enjoy, as Chloé explained: "Harry Potter has just been a series I've always loved.
"I read each of the books when they first came out and since the films came out I've also watched them a ridiculous amount of times too.
"Alex does enjoy it though. As much as he has made this game for me, it's definitely for him too."
She continued: "We played the normal Monopoly again recently and started discussing how good a Harry Potter Monopoly would be as there would be so many choices for places to put on the game board.
"We both had a look online and couldn't seem to find an official one anywhere to get in the UK. The only ones we found were other home-made versions."
Well, they can't have been any better than this one. It's some seriously impressive craftsmanship.
Alex told us: "I knew the Easter Holidays were coming up and that we wouldn't be able to go out due to the lockdown, so I thought this could be a good time to do this project.
"As I wasn't able to go out due to the lockdown I had to be resourceful and use what I had lying around, some pine skirting board and a couple of small sheets of plywood.
"I'll always try and make something first rather than buy it and have done loads of DIY such as converting my own camper van so I know how to make most things."
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"It helps having the right tools including a newly purchased table saw - which was accompanied by a raised eyebrow from Chloé - But it was definitely necessary."
The game features all of the things you'd expect to see on a Monopoly board, but with a Harry Potter twist. It must have taken a lot of thought, as well as effort.
Chloé continued: "When Alex said he was making one I loved the idea! He's spent so much time on it.
"He thought of, designed, and made pretty much everything himself including all the money and the comments on the Community Chest and Chance cards (or his version Quibbler and Daily Prophet cards)."
"His brother Andrew also helped to make some wooden dice to match with the wooden game board.
"The only parts he ordered online were the silver Harry Potter figures for the character pieces.
"Alex is frustratingly so good at everything haha! Particularly when it comes to thinking of an idea and making it.
"I'm so lucky that he's so talented. My friends always say, 'Is there anything he can't do?'"
The good news is, once this is all over, they can play with the whole family. Apparently Alex's little brother has just discovered the series, so when all this is over, he can join in.
The only question that remains is - who won?
Chloé concluded: "I won. We are both very competitive so at the start of the game I didn't know if it was going to end well or in tears.
"I was determined to buy Hogwarts, which I did. But I was still devastated that Alex managed to buy the Hogwarts Express before me. I'll get it next time."
Given the nature of this lockdown, it sounds as if she'll get her chance before long. Still, what a way to keep entertain, right?
Featured Image Credit: Chloé Niland/Alex Thompson
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