Dad builds 6-year-old daughter a magical Harry Potter world inside old wardrobe

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A dad brought the magic of Harry Potter home during lockdown.

Dylan Saxby decided to replicate Hogwarts and Diagon Alley inside the house after his family trip to Disneyland was cancelled.

He spent months putting together the surprise – before unveiling the finished results right before his six-year-old daughter Ella’s birthday.

The 42-year-old, who lives in London, told BerkshireLive : “It was April when I had the idea.

“Lockdown was happening and it looked like it was going to carry on for quite a while, and I was pretty certain there was going to be another one later in the year, so I wanted to do something because I had to cancel a holiday to Disneyland with Ella.

“She was missing school and not seeing her friends, but she seemed to be really liking the Harry Potter film – she’s only seen the first one.”

Dylan is in the process of renovating his house in stages and was recently left with a peculiar corridor-like space that used to be a wardrobe – which is when the Diagon Alley idea dawned on him.

The DIY-savvy dad said: “I was just standing in the room thinking ‘what am I going to put here?’ – It was a useless space.

“I was just standing there staring at the brick wall when I suddenly though ‘well, it does look like a little street, doesn’t it?’ Diagon Alley just jumped into my head.

“I got the back of an envelope and sketched it out and I realised it could fit, maybe.

“I was thinking about it for about a month – I got loads of boxes and figured out Ella’s height and if each shop would be viable space-wise. When I realised it was going to fit I just thought ‘Oh, I’ve got to do it, but I don’t know how’."

The street boasts all the main shops from the film – from Eeylops Owl Emporium to Ollivander’s wand shop.

But Ella’s favourite edition is Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, which is Fred and George’s joke shop in JK Rowling’s popular series.

Dylan joked: “It’s got toys, jokes and sweets; its outclassed all the other parts now.”

The epic project couldn’t have been executed so well without the help of the dad’s set-designer friend.

He explained: “One of the highlights was going to Pinewood Studios – I was quite lucky because it was between lockdowns – to pick up the shop-fronts. I took Ella as well but she didn’t really know what was going on, but I wanted her to see the studios.”

Dylan lives alone so found the lockdown project a great experience for both him and his daughter.

He said: “It’s definitely helped. One reason is that it gave constructive to do that was enabling me to make something fun for Ella that would last a long time.”

The dad also notes that the sense of community through building their Instagram account, @ellasecretstreet.

He added: “It’s just become a bit less of a lonely experience and a bit more shared.”

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