Harry Potter's Childhood Home Can Be Yours for $1.3 Million

Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas

Harry Potter may have spent his childhood years sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive, but his origin story really begins at Godric’s Hollow, the quaint village where Harry's parents lived when he was a baby. There, Voldemort first met his downfall and Harry became “The Boy Who Lived.” Now, The Telegraph reports that the historic home that served as Godric’s Hollow in 2010's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is on the market—giving fans the rare chance to own a fictional piece of wizarding history.

Known as the de Vere House, the historic home is located in the medieval village of Lavenham, in Suffolk, England. The country’s wealthiest non-royal family, the de Veres, owned the home from the 14th to the 17th centuries, and it’s said that King Henry VIII once paid a visit to the property during a hunting trip in 1498.

According to current homeowners Tony and Jane Ranzetta, Harry Potter producers used creative editing techniques to transform footage of the de Vere House into the village of Godric’s Hollow: "The crew arrived without actors and filmed both the front and the back in the height of summer,” Tony told The Telegraph in 2012. "They then used parts of the house like pieces of a massive three dimensional jigsaw, cutting and pasting them to form the streets of Godric's Hollow.”

Historic and pop culture credentials aside, de Vere House—a six-bedroom structure that's currently divided in two—is replete with entertaining spaces, and has two kitchens and a dining room. The backyard has a flower garden and an outdoor dining terrace, and the property also contains an old stable, garden shacks, and a kitchen garden.

This isn’t the first time de Vere House has hit the market: The Ranzettas first listed the home for sale in 2012, but for unknown reasons, it didn’t sell. That said, it’s naturally a magnet for tourists, so whoever purchases it will need to be comfortable with cameras—and with shelling out a cool £995,000 (about $1.3 million) for their magical new digs.

Check out some photos of Harry Potter’s “birthplace” below, or visit the home’s online listing for more details.

The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

 The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

 The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

 The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

 The historic De Vere House in Lavenham, Suffolk, which was used in the 'Harry Potter' films to create Godric’s Hollow, is for sale.
Carter Jonas

[h/t The Telegraph]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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