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.

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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

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First prize crew! #diagonalleyproject

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

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