I’ve been living in the US now for almost a decade and I think it’s safe to say that American Harry Potter fans (or “Potterheads”, as they’ve elected to call themselves with, I hope, some degree of irony) are absolutely bloody bonkers.
I love it. I love the passion, the affection that Americans have for these books. It’s no surprise the country is home to two – two! – Potter theme parks.
But it looks like someone from my homeland might’ve snatched the crown back from America – the Kyriakou family in Bayston Hill, Shropshire (that’s in England, about 10 miles east of the Welsh border) decided to drop a small fortune converting their dining room into the Great Hall at Hogwarts.
A lot of care and, of course, money has gone into making the room look as authentic as possible. A suit of armor and that gorgeous wooden table act as the focal point of the room. Oh, and there are some actual film props in there, too. The wooden wall panelling completes the look of the room, and was custom-made by Mr. Kyriakou himself.
Its pretty bloody impressive. You can check out a video tour of the room in the video below.