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You can now buy one of the most famous houses in children’s literature

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Calling all bookworms on the hunt for a new house – number Four Privet Drive is officially on the market.

In 1997, the world was introduced to JK Rowling’s Harry Potter – aka the Boy Who Lived – and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But, as die-hard fans of the book series will know all too well, Harry didn’t step into the wizarding world until he was 11 years old.

When he was a baby, Professor Albus Dumbledore left the one-year-old orphan on the doorstep of number Four Privet Drive, where he was ungraciously taken in by his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia Dursley.

During his time in their home at Little Whingeing, he was forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs, mercilessly bullied by his cousin Dudley, and witnessed his Aunt Marge being blown up by a house elf.


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Despite all the troubled times, however, it later transpired that the Surrey home had played a crucial role in Harry’s survival.

By allowing Harry to stay with them, Petunia had sealed and strengthened the powerful protection spell cast by her sister (and Harry’s mother) Lily when she sacrificed her own life to save him from Voldemort.

As Dumbledore himself explained in the Half-Blood Prince: “The magic I evoked fifteen years ago means that Harry has powerful protection while he can still call this house home. 

“However miserable he has been here, however unwelcome, however badly treated, you have at least, grudgingly, allowed him houseroom. This magic will cease to operate the moment that Harry turns seventeen; in other words, the moment he becomes a man.”

So it makes sense that, for wizards and muggles alike, number Four Privet Drive is an important part of Harry Potter’s history.


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Which is why it’s such big news that the actual house used to portray the residence in the film adaptations of JK Rowling’s books is now on the market.

4 Privet Drive

The property is on the market for £475,000

The three-bedroom home in Berkshire is on the market for £475,000 - and, just as you’d expect from the Dursleys, it’s situated in a quiet cul-de-sac location.

It does look a bit different from how we remember it, due to the fact that it’s undergone an "extensive renovation"; the downstairs has been transformed from Petunia and Vernon’s suburban bliss into something far more modern, fluid, and spacious.

However, looking through the photos, it does look like there’s still a cupboard under the stairs – so bookworms can recreate Harry’s bedroom and turn it into their very own cosy reading nook.

According to the listing, which fails to mention that the property was selected by director Chris Columbus in 2001 to be part of the Harry Potter set, the home is ideal for commuters, as it’s just 0.2 miles from Martins Heron Station.


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It also has good access to the M3, M4, and A329 – although we imagine future occupants will be more interested in using portkeys, broomsticks, and the Floo Network to get about.

If you’re interested in snapping up this famous house for yourself, you can view the listing on Rightmove.co.uk now.

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