Dreaming of the most magical Christmas ever? Step this way, and get your galleons – we mean, regular muggle pound coins – ready…
It’s 2019, we’re all grown ups, and we’ve all pretty much given up on that Hogwarts acceptance letter being delivered through our letterbox. Deep sighs all round, naturally.
However, that doesn’t mean we are locked out of the magical wizarding world forever. In fact, Hagrid’s hut is very much real, and now, thanks to JK Rowling’s Lumos charity, it could be yours for a week during the Christmas period.
And all it will cost you is £1.
The stunning Groundkeeper’s Cottage has been lovingly recreated, complete with stained glass windows, turrets and an open fire. Indeed, it has all the character and cosiness fans would expect from Hagrid’s hut – with plenty of added luxuries on top.
The only thing missing (other than the lovable Squib himself, of course) is the stress of living next door to the Forbidden Forest.
That’s right: this hut is situated near Saltburn in North Yorkshire – which is a huge plus, in our eyes. After all, Christmas is always better without the worry of giant spiders and dragons bursting in on dinner.
This stunning cottage usually rents at £1400 a week. Now, though, fans have the chance to live like Hagrid for just £1. All they have to do is enter a prize draw, and they (along with up to five friends) could be in with the chance to win a very magical festive holiday.
If the cosy, mystical accommodation isn’t enough, the first prize in the competition also includes a unique immersive Harry Potter experience. You will have the opportunity to meet a Snowy Owl, encounter a magic-wielding Harry Potter lookalike over afternoon tea, and even take a ride on a steam train from nearby Goathland – which is, as all fans will no doubt be aware, the very same station used as Hogsmeade in the films.
Proceeds from all competition entries will, of course, be donated to Lumos, which helps disadvantaged children living in orphanages.
And the cause is very close to the heart of Carol Cavendish, the owner of Groundkeeper’s Cottage, who was adopted at a young age.
“Since launching the Groundkeeper’s Cottage this spring we’ve had a phenomenal response from people wanting to rent it so we thought it was a good time to help make somebody’s Christmas extra special while also raising vital funds for a charity that is close to my heart,” she said.
If you want to be in with a chance to win this magical staycation, just click this link. Fair warning, though? We’re going to pull a Slytherin and do pretty much everything we can to try and get our mitts on that prize.
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