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Doting Grandparents Build 350sqft Harry Potter Themed Fortress For Two-Year-Old Granddaughter

Doting Grandparents Build 350sqft Harry Potter Themed Fortress For Two-Year-Old Granddaughter

Which house do you belong to? What controversial thoughts do you have on Severus Snape? Which Quidditch position would be your strongest?

All normal questions to ask a fellow Harry Potter fan although, admittedly, probably not the best line of enquiry for two-year-old Logan from Canada. Which is strange because she's got a 350sqft Harry Potter themed fortress in her grandparents' back garden.

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Yes, you might be thinking: Little Logan won't even be able to pronounce Gryffindor but that didn't stop Dave and Ruby Dunlop from getting the incredible two-storey magical Wendy house built in their back garden, for their eldest granddaughter.

The amazing structure features Hogwarts Castle, Ollivander's wand shop, Platform 9¾, and even part of the Dursleys' Privet Drive.

It has a broom swing set, slide, and secret hatch, as well as a wooden bridge leading to an owlery, just like the one from JK Rowling's books.

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The Wendy house in all it's glory.  Credit: SWNS
The Wendy house in all it's glory. Credit: SWNS

It's a perfect outdoor play home for Logan, her best friends, and two younger siblings when they grow up.

Inside the main tower, there are owl-themed armchairs, a beautiful chandelier, and even a slide leading back down to the bottom of the house.

The fortress is awash with hidden Harry Potter nuggets, like broomsticks, a toy basilisk, Hogwarts snow globe, and Fantastic Beasts-style trunk drawer.

The fortress features a slide. Credit: SWNS
The fortress features a slide. Credit: SWNS
A bed for sleepovers. Credit: SWNS
A bed for sleepovers. Credit: SWNS

Portraits of headmaster Albus Dumbledore, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione, a map of the school grounds, and a frame letter of invitation to Hogwarts, hang over the stairwell.

There is a bed on the top floor for cool summer sleepovers, and an electric fireplace on the bottom floor to keep warm at winter.

And there's even a cupboard under the stairs for games of hide-and-seek.

The Wendy house has broomsticks on the walls. Credit: SWNS
The Wendy house has broomsticks on the walls. Credit: SWNS

It took six weeks for Charmed Playhouses in Alberta, Canada, to build the playhouse in a massive workshop, and then three more days to set it up in Spencerville, Ontario.

The family declined to reveal the price tag, but customers pay anything from $15,000 to $250,000 (£12,300-£205,000) for bespoke luxury playhouses from the firm, headed by Tyson Leavitt.

The house has a cupboard under the stairs. Credit: SWNS
The house has a cupboard under the stairs. Credit: SWNS

Dave said: "My daughter and her partner are huge Harry Potter fans - but none of us really know how to design a building, let alone a playhouse!

"We felt it would be so neat if Logan had a special place for her to come and play with at Pa's and Gram's. So we gave Tyson full creative freedom.

"My son and his wife got a playhouse built for them by Tyson too, and it was delivered the same time as ours - so we're somewhat loyal customers!"

Little Logan enjoying the playhouse. Credit: SWNS
Little Logan enjoying the playhouse. Credit: SWNS

He continued: "It got exactly the reaction we'd hoped for. When our granddaughter came out the second time to play, she asked if she could go to 'her house'.

"Even a month since it was set up, every time she comes outside, she spends time in it. Gram and her absolutely love to have tea in the little kitchen and lose track of the time.

"You should see her face when she's using the playhouse. We're so thrilled with it. All our friends and neighbours are impressed with it too."

The little kitchen inside the playhouse. Credit: SWNS
The little kitchen inside the playhouse. Credit: SWNS
Trampoline, slide and soon-to-be zip line. Credit: SWNS
Trampoline, slide and soon-to-be zip line. Credit: SWNS

He added: "We hope to have a zip line attached in five to six years, which will go from the balcony of the Hogwarts tower down to the ground."

The fortress was designed in a few hours, and took two days to render in 3D and produce blueprints for building.

It took six weeks to construct, and three days to set up outside the family home in Eastern Ontario, from June 12 to 15.

The fortress was designed in a few hours. Credit: SWNS
The fortress was designed in a few hours. Credit: SWNS
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Tyson, who runs the small family business Charmed Playhouses, builds luxury playhouses for people in North America, as well as the UK, China, and Mexico.

He described the playhouses he makes for children of all ages as 'custom homes, but smaller scale and with way more fantasy'.

Past designs have included a Disney-themed princess castle attached to Rapunzel's tower, Captain Hook's pirate ship and Neverland, and a Hobbit hole.

Tyson said: "The Dunlops are elated to have the playhouse in their backyard as it will become the pinnacle of family memories for years to come."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Harry Potter, Entertainment, TV and Film

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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