London, July 22 (Reuters): For sale: a prim suburban house in middle England that boasts a boy wizard and an owl among its former residents.
The house that played host to the loathsome Dursleys and their magical nephew in the Harry Potter movies is on the market.
With fans gripped by the fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s series, the owner of No. 4 Privet Drive — in reality No 12 Picket Post Close — is putting the house up for auction with a price guide of 250,000 pounds — more than $400,000.
The detached house in Bracknell in southeast England was first used by Warner Brothers for filming Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone — known as The Sorcerer’s Stone in America — in 1999. It is the place to which Harry reluctantly returns from wizarding school Hogwarts to spend his holidays.
From its gleaming front door to its pristine lawns, the house was selected by a location spotter for its lack of interesting features, the papers said.
But as readers will know, Harry saw little of the house in his formative years, spending much of them locked either under the stairs or in his sparse bedroom.