Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared And Jedis Wear Robes

Charlotte Kyriakou re-created Hogwarts in dining room of her family home

  • She and husband Andrew spent 18 months making the space magical

  • They spent £13,000 on Harry Potter film props, wands and even an owl

  • Children are 'obsessed' with Harry Potter and love dressing up as wizards

  • By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline

    Published: 06:27 EDT, 11 July 2016 | Updated: 04:04 EDT, 12 July 2016

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    A mother-of-three has spent £13,000 transforming the dining room of her family home into a bewitching replica of Hogwarts. 

    Charlotte Kyriakou, 31, spent 18 months buying wands, a sorting hat and even an owl to re-create the magic of Harry Potter's school inside her four-bedroom home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

    The remarkable wood panelled room also features original props used in the film and boasts a dining table that looks like it has been taken straight from the imposing Great Hall of Hogwarts.

    Their own Great Hall: The dining room of the Kyriakou family home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire has been transformed into a replica of Hogwarts. Parents Charlotte and Andrew spent £13,000 on the magical project

    Their own Great Hall: The dining room of the Kyriakou family home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire has been transformed into a replica of Hogwarts. Parents Charlotte and Andrew spent £13,000 on the magical project

    Children Kiri, six, Max, four and Eleni, three love dressing up in Hogwarts robes as their heroes, Harry, Ron and Hermione School trunks and a stuffed owl sit in the corner of the room

    Dream come true: Children Kiri, six, Max, four and Eleni, three, left, love dressing up in Hogwarts robes as their heroes, Harry, Ron and Hermione. Right, school trunks and a stuffed owl sit in the corner of the room

    Magical secret: The outside of the Kyriakous' four-bedroom family home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Magical secret: The outside of the Kyriakous' four-bedroom family home in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

    Mrs Kyriakou says the 'blood, sweat and tears' that went into the room are worth it for her Potter 'obsessed' children Kiri, six, Max, four and Eleni, three, who 'absolutely love it'.

    Mrs Kyriakou and her husband Andrew, 39, were inspired to undertake the unusual DIY project after a family trip to the Making of Harry Potter tour at Warner Brothers Studios, near London.

    Mrs Kyriakou 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?".'

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    The family then spent over a year transforming the space, starting with moving the living room to a different part of the house to make space for the Hogwarts-themed dining room.

    The most expensive addition was the limestone floor, which set the family back £4,000. 

    They also spent £3,500 on fake stone walls, £2,000 on the antique table and chairs and hundreds more on finishing touches like flags and film props.

    Ready for school: A starter kit for a potions class at Hogwarts, complete with glass bottles and a text book

    Ready for school: A starter kit for a potions class at Hogwarts, complete with glass bottles and a text book

    Hollywood hit: A letter used in the first Harry Potter film sits alongside other props in a glass display case

    Hollywood hit: A letter used in the first Harry Potter film sits alongside other props in a glass display case

    Potter mad: Charlotte Kyriakou with children Kiri, six, Max, four and Eleni, three, inside their magical room

    Potter mad: Charlotte Kyriakou with children Kiri, six, Max, four and Eleni, three, inside their magical room

    The £200 suit of arms was a special delivery from Germany and £80.85 was spent on wands alone. 

    Mrs Kyriakou, who owns a fish and chip shop with her husband, 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.' The family have spent a total of £13,004.72 making their dream a reality.

    To add an extra touch of magic, Mrs Kyriakou even mounted an iPad on the wall with images of the children riding broomsticks to re-create the moving pictures imagined by J.K. Rowling.

    Attention to detail: Wands sit next to a quill and replica of the marauders map used in the film (right), while a collection of sweets and jokes sold in the shops of Diagon Alley sit on the other side of the display case

    Attention to detail: Wands sit next to a quill and replica of the marauders map used in the film (right), while a collection of sweets and jokes sold in the shops of Diagon Alley sit on the other side of the display case

    A stuffed Dobby toy sits against a chair holding the family's own sorting hat Harry Potter's beloved owl Hedwig is seen in a cage in front of replica 'Wanted' posters from the film

    Iconic character: A stuffed Dobby toy sits against a chair holding the family's own sorting hat, left. Right, Harry Potter's beloved owl Hedwig is seen in a cage in front of replica 'Wanted' posters from the film franchise

    Wizarding world: From left to right, Eleni, Kiri, and Max, read at the table while dressed in their Hogwarts robes

    Wizarding world: From left to right, Eleni, Kiri, and Max, read at the table while dressed in their Hogwarts robes

    She said her sons and daughter enjoy dressing up as Harry, Ron and Hermione, adding that the room is a hit for festive occasions.

    'They'll bring their friends over for dinner and they absolutely love it,' she said. '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.'  

    Perfect for parties: The family hosted an unforgettable Christmas dinner in the Hogwarts dining room

    Perfect for parties: The family hosted an unforgettable Christmas dinner in the Hogwarts dining room

    Drink up! The family brought back these colourful postions from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

    Drink up! The family brought back these colourful postions from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

    House colours: Flags for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff hang above the wooden dining table

    House colours: Flags for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff hang above the wooden dining table

    Suburban magic: The dining room, left, adds a bewitching touch to the family's four-bedroom home

    Suburban magic: The dining room, left, adds a bewitching touch to the family's four-bedroom home

    Six-year-old Kiri added: 'When we invite friends round they think it’s awesome, we have had parties before and everyone loved it.

    'We have a Dobby in the front room and a Hedwig in his cage. Dad has spent ages making the room but it looks really cool and it’s ace as it’s in our house! All our friends at school are jealous.' 

    Mrs Kyriakou said that while she would ideally like another bedroom, they were unlikely to move any time soon. 

    '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.'

    Favourite film: Hogwarts pupils sit in the Great Hall in a scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Favourite film: Hogwarts pupils sit in the Great Hall in a scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    MONEY BEHIND THE MAGIC: HOW MUCH THE POTTER ROOM COST TO CREATE

    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

    Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3684254/Spellbound-mother-magics-13-000-replica-Harry-Potter-s-school-Hogwarts-inside-250-000-suburban-home.html

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    Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared And Jedis Wear Robes

    Source:Daily Mail

    Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared And Jedis Wear Robes

    Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared And Jedis Wear Robes

    Source:Daily Mail

    Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared And Jedis Wear Robes