Grandparents build incredible Harry Potter fortress for 2-year-old granddaughter


It’s not often we have to admit that we’re jealous of a two-year-old, but today that is the case.

That’s because we’ve just seen the 350sqft fortress that Ruby and Dave Dunlop have created in their back garden for their young granddaughter, Logan.

The Canadian couple have had a two-storey Harry Potter-themed wendy house made for the little girl – who probably can’t even pronounce words such as Hufflepuff or Gryffindor yet. 

And if the outside didn’t look impressive enough with a wooden bridge, swing set and slide, the playhouse also features Platform 9¾, Hogwarts, Ollivander’s wand shop, a cupboard under the stairs and part of Privet Drive.

There are also a number of magical finishing touches dotted about the place, including Hogwarts letter cushions, broomsticks, a toy basilisk, a Hogwarts snow globe, a Fantastic Beasts-style trunk and portraits of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Albus Dumbledore.

The whole thing took just six weeks to build and was designed and created by Charmed Playhouses in Alberta in their massive workshop.

It then took a further three days to set up the impressive structure at the Dunlops’ home.

The Dunlops didn’t reveal how much the fortress cost, but customers typically pay anything from £9,000 ($15,000) to £155,000 ($250,000) for luxury playhouses from the company.

Speaking about the playhouse, Dave said: “My daughter and her partner are huge Harry Potter fans – but none of us really know how to design a building, let alone a playhouse!

“We felt it would be so neat if Logan had a special place for her to come and play with at Pa’s and Gram’s.”

He added that the little one is over-the-moon and already calls it “her house”.

“Gram and her absolutely love to have tea in the little kitchen and lose track of the time. You should see her face when she’s using the playhouse. We’re so thrilled with it.”



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