A Life-Sized Diagon Alley Has Been Built in Seattle!

A dedicated father of two daughters in Seattle, USA has built a life-sized Diagon Alley in his own driveway.

As a lifelong fan of Harry Potter himself, Jonathan Chambers has created a stunning replica of the infamous wizarding shopping street from Harry Potter. He quit his job and starting on this crazy project, spending a few thousand dollars on construction. By November 2nd they had accumulated 3000 visitors- and have raised over $500 so far. The money raised will go towards creating a two-story Gringotts Bank playhouse, with the remaining money going to Pancreatic Cancer Research.




#diagonalleyproject looks great in the moonlight.

A post shared by Jonathan Chambers (@dummaloop) on

Chambers even received a retweet from J.K. Rowling herself!

The family-built Diagon Alley is open to the public throughout the new year, and next April (2018) the playhouse structure of Gringotts will be auctioned off at Whittier PTA Auction.

In early December the Chambers family will be holding an event at Diagon Alley so fingers crossed their Gringotts will be ready by then!

Ollivanders was upgraded a bit today. #diagonalleyproject

A post shared by Jonathan Chambers (@dummaloop) on

First prize crew! #diagonalleyproject

A post shared by Jonathan Chambers (@dummaloop) on




School Dance Team Goes Viral with Book-Themed Dances

By | Children's Literature, Inspired by Literature | No Comments
A school dance team from Arizona, USA is exploding in popularity all over the internet with their amazing performances.

Walden Grove High School’s dance team have been very busy these past few years with creative and fun dance routines based on their favourite books. Currently going viral, especially among Harry Potter fans, is their latest dance that follows Harry’s journey from the cupboard under the stairs to his final fight with Voldemort.

The talented, young dancers have also appeared on America’s Got Talent, dancing as characters from The Wizard of Oz, impressing both the audience and the judges to go through to the next round.

Check out their amazing dance routines below!

Read More

6 Literary Road Trips to Fuel Inspiration

By | Inspired by Literature | No Comments
There’s nothing better than the concept of bringing a story to life. It’s why so many of our favorite novels have made it to Hollywood and onto our TVs — there’s something truly magical about recreating the imagined. Even better, we love those narratives that feature a trying or thought-provoking journey. It’s a way for readers to connect with the characters and resonate with the story.

There are a handful of works that do a particularly good job at inspiring readers to follow the journeys laid out among the pages — particularly travel novels. Iconic authors like Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, Tom Wolfe and many others used writing as a way to document their adventures on the open road, and in some ways, seek out answers to life’s greatest questions.
Read More

Film combo challenge brings us 10 hilarious literary adaptations

By | Adaptations, Inspired by Literature | No Comments
Those clever folk at b3ta.com love to come up with funny challenges for their followers to join in with. The film combo challenge is one of their best- with people all over the world squashing film titles together to make one ridiculous and intriguing movie titles.

We have grabbed any literary adaptation or movie inspired by literature from their list for your amusement but make sure you pop over to their site to see more!

Read More

Bookish art that will speak to your soul

By | Arty, Inspired by Literature | No Comments
Bookish art can be anything: paintings of people reading, depictions of the adventures we are taken on when we open a book, dreamlike mindscapes, or abstract figures stepping into pages…

We put together a batch of some of the best bookish art we have come across on our internet travels- most of the artists have remained elusive despite our efforts to Google reverse image search… If any of you know who any of the artists are- just let us know and we will credit!

Read More

13 Ridiculous Ways to Store Your Books

By | Arty, Inspired by Literature | No Comments
Storing books used to be so easy: all one would have to do is place a book on a shelf and hey presto! Your books are displayed.

Some people have decided that bookshelves are so last century and have been attempting some daring and kooky shelving options. Books can now be dangled, strung up, float on invisible shelves, be shoved in some foam padding, or displayed like an arty picture. Anything constitutes a shelf now: pipes, crates, a knife block- the ultimate recycling.

Check out some of the ridiculous idea below and see if you fancy adopting one of these shelving ideas!

Read More

10 Alice Inspired Gifts Straight From Wonderland

By | Inspired by Literature | No Comments
Alice is one of the best loved characters in literature, and as we get ready for the festive season we’ve been adding some new Alice inspired goodies to our online store. I am so excited at the new stock, I’d like to keep one of each design for myself. Do I really have to share?

Have a look and see what you think. We offer worldwide postage too so wherever you are we can bring Wonderland to you! Read More

Leave a Reply