A spellbound mum has spent £13k on Hogwarts themed dining room
A spellbound mum has renovated a whole room so it’s an exact replica of Hogwarts.
Potter-mad Charlotte Kyriakou, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has spent over £13,000 decking out the dining room so it looks like the movie set, complete with moving pictures, a sorting hat, and even original props used in the films.
The 31-year-old was bewitched after visiting Warner Bros. Studios: The Making of Harry Potter, and has spent the last 18 months transforming her home.
She admits the whole family – including husband Andrew, 39, and kids Eleni, three, Max, four and Kiri, six – are ‘obsessed’ with Harry Potter and adore the unusual room.
Charlotte said: “We’re all pretty obsessed with Harry Potter as a family.
“We went down to London to go to the studios, and we thought ‘Why can’t we do this at home?’.”
The family then spent over a year getting the right materials together, and even moved the lounge to a different part of the house so they could build the Hogwarts-themed dining room there.
Charlotte – who owns a fish and chip shop – said: “My husband did the wooden panels himself, and then ever since we decided we wanted to do it we have been collecting odd bits and bobs from antique shops.
“We have a lot of replica props and two original props from the films.
“We have one of the letters thrown through the fire place which we bought from a dealer, which cost us about £200.
“We also have a witch in a jar which was from Professor Lupin’s office in the third film.
“That cost £350.”
Charlotte has even gone as far as mounting an iPad on the wall with moving images of the children riding broomsticks – just like the moving portraits in the much-loved books.
In total, the family have spent £13,004.72 making their dream a reality, and don’t plan on moving anytime soon.
She said: “Blood, sweat and tears have gone into this room.
“I did suggest to Andrew that we could do with an extra bedroom, but we can’t move and leave that room.
“I don’t know what we’d do.”
The dining room floor is made of limestone, which set them back a whopping £4,000.
They then forked out £3,500 on fake stone walls, £2,000 on moving the original fireplace and replacing it with a log burner, £2,000 on the antique table and chairs and even more on props and finer details like flags and cases.
The suit of arms set them back £200 as it came all the way from Germany, and Charlotte has forked out £80.85 just on wands.
But for the doting mum, it’s all worth it.
It brings the magic alive for the children who love dressing up as the three main characters: Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Charlotte is currently reading the third book to them, although they have watched all the films
The proud Mum added: “When it’s book week at school the kids always dress up as the Harry Potter characters.
“Kiri is usually Harry as he’s the oldest, but sometimes him and Max swap between Harry and Ron.
“Eleni is always Hermione.
“They’ll bring their friends over for dinner and they absolutely love it.
“We hosted a Halloween party here last year and I tried to make it look like a banquet.
“I made a chocolate frog cheesecake with the Hogwarts crest in the middle.
“We had a Christmas dinner in here and managed to get 22 people in with the extra table from the kitchen.
“We love it.
“It is definitely worth the money for us.”
WHAT CHARLOTTE SPENT ON THE HARRY POTTER ROOM
Limestone floor = £4,000
Fake stone walls = £3,500
Table and chairs = £2,000
Log burner = £2,000
Witch in dome prop = £350
Letter prop = £200
Suit of arms = £200
iPad = £219
Trunks = £200
Flags = £60
Crest above log burner = £50
Robes from Sainsbury’s = £41.97
Sorting hat = £26.95
Hedwig = £25.95
Wands = £80.85
Dobby = £50
Total = 13,004.72
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