Harry Potter’s childhood home at 4 Privet Drive is for sale and could be all yours
If you’ve dreamed of owning a really big piece of that Harry Potter movie magic, you’re in luck. Harry Potter’s house is now on the market — 4 Privet Drive, where Harry lived with the Dursleys. For just $619,490 (£475,000), the childhood home of the world’s most famous wizard can be yours.
Let’s get this out of the way right now: an asking price of under $620,000 for a family dwelling isn’t nearly as expensive as people might make it out to be, considering where the house is located. The real-life location of 4 Privet Drive is in the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, an affluent county outside of London where jacked-up house prices are fairly standard. To be honest, I’m surprised the sellers didn’t push for even more money on the basis that this house was in the beloved movies.
Based on the property listing, the house is still soul-crushingly grim on the outside, but on the inside it’s a lot prettier now that the Dursleys’ crappy wallpaper and fugly decor are gone. The lucky buyer will get a three-bedroom house with features such as a garden and patio, easy access to major highways, and an “upgraded house alarm system.” You’d never guess the previous owners kept a boy in a cupboard under the stairs for years, or that an extremely powerful wizard child once lived there.
In fact, the property listing doesn’t even mention the Harry Potter connection, which is very weird when you think about it. (Also disappointing: the list of schools for the area doesn’t include Hogwarts. If I were a realtor, I would have to be physically restrained from putting that in.) I’ve never had to sell a residential property before, but if I owned a house that had been in a major global franchise, I would write that in all caps at the top of every single sales listing.
Then again, it might not be such a great idea to highlight that particular claim to fame. Harry had a remarkably horrible childhood due to the ongoing abuse perpetrated by the Dursleys. Who would really want to pay six figures to live in a house famous for fictional child abuse? The only way this could work without being super disturbing would be if the new owners knew nothing about Harry Potter, which takes the excitement out of the house having been in the movies in the first place. Maybe this sort of joy-killing dilemma is what the Dursleys would have wanted.