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 Wedding Amongst The Books

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The perfect wedding for many reading addicts would be held in a library or bookstore. To be surrounded by both the people and the objects you love the most sounds heavenly! There would be no need for flowers- who would want floral scents to mask the musty-vanilla of our papery companions? Just push the tables aside and there would be plenty of room for dancing and celebrating.

That is exactly what one couple did in New York City.

On the first of December 2017, among the rare books section of The Strand bookstore, two people who were very much in love made their vows in front of family and friends. Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga eschewed traditional ceremonial practices for a service that included the guests through the ritual, the entertainment was brought to them by a drag queen singer, and a low-key dance space provided for those who wanted to shake their stuff in honour of the sweet couple.

Thanks to The Daily 360, and with help via technology from Samsung, their wedding video is an interactive affair where we are able to scan around the room via our computer.

Watch the video below for an insight into the wonderful day and share the love!

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Trainspotting Live Heading Back Out on Tour

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If you’re a fan of Irvine Welsh’s gritty style then you’re probably a fan of Trainspotting. The novel was Welsh’s debut novel and quickly achieved cult status, added to by the global success of the Trainspotting movie.

The novel first introduced us to characters such as Mark Renton, Spud, Simon Williamson, and the ultra-violent Begbie, and if these are characters you just can’t get enough of, then Trainspotting the live show is back out on tour in early 2018. Read More

Stephen King and Dr Seuss Mash Up

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As if Stephen King’s novels aren’t creepy enough some bright spark has decided to use their spare time to create something even creepier.

Dom Harkin used his video editing skills to mash up the Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss with the latest trailer for the movie IT. Check out the trailer below for a spine-chilling look at how it could’ve been.

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Beatrix Potter Coins Are Rare and Collectable

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In 2016 the Royal Mint introduced the new Beatrix Potter 50 pence coins with three different sets of five: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and a special 150th anniversary coin.

The coins are currently ranking highly in the scarcity list based on the fact that not many people own them and they are in very high demand.

The coins are going for around £4 on eBay, and may only increase in value since they are not being produced any more. The Royal Mint is set to introduce new and exciting sets of coins, not for circulation, featuring COLOUR pictures of the beloved characters.

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A Very Literary Hanukah!

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A very happy Hanukah to our Jewish Reading Addicts!

If you are looking for some bookish ideas to spruce up you Hanukah celebrations then look no further. We have gathered together some of the internet’s finest literary bookish menorahs meant to interest the most dedicated bookish reader celebrating Hanukah.

Check out these fantastic creations.

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Noel A Novel: The Most Festive Game on Twitter

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Around this time of year, Twitter users gather together by the fireplace of the World Wide Web to come up with some fabulously festive versions of their favourite books.

#NoelANovel has fast become the best bookish game to play with your followers and we at For Reading Addicts were excited to join in! We asked our readers on Facebook to come up with some of their own and this is what they have brought us…

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