You Can Rent Out The Cupboard Under The Stairs From 'Harry Potter'
Are you bored of viewing flats that have no windows? Are you sick of over half your paycheck going on the rent of a place you hate, but is really convenient for work? Do the stories about renting tents in people's front rooms for £500 a month fill you with a white hot, seething rage?
Well, if you're a massive fan of Harry Potter (and you just so happen to be under 5ft 4in) then I've found you the perfect place.
The cupboard under the stairs in Privet Drive is up for grabs at £130 per week. Well, it's says £130 per week but then at another part of the advertisement it says that your monthly contribution is '£50-75 PCM, no bills, meals, or cleaning included... In fact, you will be required to clean and cook for the other three Muggles living in the house'.
So I don't know if this is satire poking fun at the dire state of renting, or if it's a marketing campaign orchestrated by the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour (where this house is situated).
It's advertised as a 'quaint single room in semi-detached home', which 'fits one small single bed'. It has 'shelving space for storage' and is 'ideal for those with a 'minimalist' lifestyle'.
However, it also comes with some warnings...
- Dust may attract spiders
- Door only locks from outside
- Not suitable for residents over 5 ft 4 inches
- Will be expected to mix well with the property owners, a family of three Muggles
There's a few other nods to Harry Potter when the 'distance facilities' are listed:
- Located in quaint town of Little Whinging (found in northern Surrey)
- A nice, quiet town where nothing out of the ordinary every happens
- Great commuter links to London
- Nearby to the M25 and M4 motorways
- Also close to Langley train station, approx. 30 minutes from London Paddington railway station, ideal for access to Diagon Alley
- Stopping point for the Knight Bus
- Surrounding town has amenities such as shopping centres, cinema, swimming pool and play park
- Numerous local schools, including Smeltings Academy public school, Stonewall High state school and St Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys
I can't figure this out... However it is available now so might be worth checking out. At least you'd get free entry to all of the studio tour. Take a look here.
While we're on the subject of Harry Potter, have you heard this incredible fan theory?
I know that some theories are complete bollocks. However, this one has legs. I swear, if you're a Potterhead you need to read this. Immediately.
Reddit user Wmdonovan23 starts off with the title: 'Dumbledore was never the true master of the Elder wand, Voldemort was.'
Credit: Warner Bros.
Does said Redditor have a point?
Wmdonovan23 refers to one particular part of the book where Harry sees a memory Voldemort took from wandmaker Gregorovitch. Here's the extract from the book.
"Gregorovitch burst into the room at the end of the passage and his lantern illuminated what looked like a workshop; wood shavings and gold gleamed in the swinging pool of light, and there on the window ledge sat perched, like a giant bird, a young man with golden hair. In the split second that the lantern's light illuminated him, Harry saw the delight upon his handsome face, then the intruder shot a Stunning Spell from his wand and jumped neatly backward out of the window with a crow of laughter."
This is where Grindelwald steals the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch, therefore making him the true owner of the wand, right? But hold on a damn second, to become the true owner of the Elder Wand, you must 'best the current owner of the wand'. Stealing it and jumping out of a window isn't exactly 'besting' someone. If anything, it's cowardly.
Now this is where it gets really interesting. If Gregorovitch is still the true owner of the wand, when Voldemort killed him he therefore took over.
You may be thinking: 'hang on, when Voldemort gets hold of the wand, it doesn't work for him'. Yeah but, as Wmdonovan23 points out, at that point half of his horcruxes had been destroyed so he was less of a wizard. Rather than admitting the problem was within himself, it would tie in with his character if he blamed the wand.
They conclude: "When Voldemort was destroyed by Harry, the wand's allegiance changed because Harry had bested its actual owner, not because Harry had bested Draco Malfoy, who was the supposed master of the Elder Wand after disarming Dumbledore. The end result is still the same, but the path of the Elder Wand allegiance is different [from what] Harry suspects."
So, as you see, the end result is the same. It just makes so much more sense.
2pete commented: "At first I was sceptical, but this theory closes the plot hole that simply disarming your opponent counts as besting them.
"Good work, OP."
Just need J.K. Rowling to confirm. To be fair, this works better than her own version so maybe even if it wasn't what she had in mind she should just say it was. No-one would be the wiser.
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