A talented dad has created an incredible replica of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series inside his daughter’s wardrobe – and captured the moment she discovered it after managing to keep the whole thing a secret.
Spending more time at home during lockdown, dad Dylan wandered into a small, unused space in their home one lunchtime and racked his brain as to what they could do with it.
Deciding it was not much use as a room, he had the idea to transform it into a scene from Harry Potter for his daughter Ella, who is a huge fan of the books.
He kept the plan a secret by blocking off access to that part of the house and telling his daughter he was keeping building supplies in there, before getting to work on the surprise for Ella’s birthday.
The dad roped in friends to help cut the shop fronts out of wood and his mum to paint the signs, as well as spending hours locked away putting it altogether himself.
He used lino to create brickwork flooring in the 4 by 1.4 meter space, and used wallpaper with books printed on to save the effort of painting them individually – all of which was hidden behind a false wardrobe.
It took more than a month from planning to completion, with Dylan staying up until 2am on the final night to ensure everything was ready for Ella’s birthday, as reported by Bored Panda.
When she returned home from school on her birthday, they played hide and seek in the hope Ella would stumble across his creation, and after a few goes she decided to hide in the new ‘wardrobe’.
Dylan said: “She didn’t find it straight away, but she also knew I had made something for her so her first words were, ‘I can see something in here’, then silence as she walked in and then, ‘Can we keep this here forever?!'”
Her birthday presents were hidden inside all the stores, which include amazing replicas of Ollivanders wand shop, Eeylops Owl Emporium and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Dad Dylan added: “We played for the rest of the weekend, for example, making ice cream in the ice cream shop with a machine I found.
“I also dressed up as Hagrid which was hilarious for us both as my accent was terrible, but we went back through the wardrobe to the muggle world as Ella and Hagrid and took cushions from her living room for her reading nook above her bookshop on Diagon Alley.”
Although Ella is a huge fan of the J.K. Rowling series, she has only seen the first film so far as she’s not old enough to watch the others just yet, but her parents are currently reading her the books.
Photos of the creation went viral after Dylan posted them online, as others were left stunned by the incredible detail that had gone into the build.
People heaped praise on the dad, with one writing: “Omg! Can you adopt me? I’m a grown ass adult but i don’t care!!”
A second said: “33 year old dude here, can I be your daughter too?”
Another added: “This is incredible, I’ve never seen anything like this before. You are an amazing parent!”
Dylan plans to add more shops to the street in time for Christmas, and you can see the updates by following the Instagram page here.
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