Harry Potter’s (Possibly Haunted) Childhood Home Is Available to Rent on Airbnb


Since Harry Potter lived in Godric’s Hollow for just over a year before Voldemort murdered his parents, we’re exposed to it only through the occasional mention or flashback for most of the series. Then, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry and Hermione finally pay a visit to the village. Though it’s Christmastime, the circumstances aren’t exactly merry, and the appearance of a certain giant snake makes them even less so.

Having said that, it’s impossible to see the depiction of Godric’s Hollow in the film adaptation and not have at least one thought about how delightfully quaint it all seems. If you went so far as to wish you could vacation there, we have great news: Thrillist reports that the bed and breakfast whose exterior was used in the movie as Harry’s birthplace is now listed on Airbnb.

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According to its website, De Vere House in Lavenham, England, was originally built in the 14th century and owned by the de Veres, who were earls of Oxford descended from Charlemagne the Great. Its old-fashioned charm made it a perfect real-life representation of a Godric’s Hollow house, and you can see it in various film shots from 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, as well as in video games and on Christmas cards.

For $142 per night, you can book a stay in a four-poster bedroom with an en suite bathroom, enjoy a private sitting room with an actual log fire, take in a little fresh air in the courtyard garden, and feast on a full English breakfast in the main dining room.

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It’s not decorated with Harry Potter-themed paraphernalia, which makes it seem even more authentic, in a way—after all, Harry’s childhood home wouldn’t have been filled with souvenir-shop memorabilia.

And, while you probably won’t see the ghosts of Lily and James Potter floating through the halls, you might glimpse one of Nearly Headless Nick’s contemporaries. The website explains that the 13th earl’s son, who died in the Tower of London, is sometimes spotted in the house, along with the ghost of a great soldier, Sir Francis Vere, and “many others.”

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If you happen to have a passion for Harry Potter, ghosts, or full English breakfasts, you can make a reservation at De Vere House here.

[h/t Thrillist]

Japan’s Osaka Airport Debuts Toilet Area for Dogs, Complete With a Self-Flushing Pee Pole

martince2, iStock via Getty Images
martince2, iStock via Getty Images

Between new therapy animal programs and relaxed pet guidelines, dogs are becoming a more common sight at the airport. But not every airport has been able to keep up with the needs of its canine guests. As CNN reports, Osaka International Airport in Japan has solved one of the biggest problems facing this group: inadequate places to pee.

The airport debuted its new state-of-the-art dog rest area on Thursday, February 13. It features everything a dog needs to get comfortable before a long trip, including a shower, a water fountain, and a self-cleaning "pee pole." After dogs relieve themselves, the canine toilet automatically flushes away any waste and makes itself ready for the next visitor.

The bathroom area is located outside by the pick-up and drop-off area, so travelers can easily stop there before or after their flight. And to make the space equally comfortable for the dogs' owners, a roof and bench are provided.

Dogs using bathroom at Osaka International Airport.
Kansai Airports

The doggy rest area is intended for dogs accompanying their humans as regular pets. There are separate spots inside the airport where service animals can do their business.

Starting February 13, the amenity will be open every day from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Osaka International Airport is now officially in the running for the title of most pet-friendly airport on Earth. If you're traveling domestically, here are some more airports that will take extra steps to accommodate your furry companion.

[h/t CNN]

A Friends-Themed Brunch Is Coming to Los Angeles

The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.
The friends brunching in Las Vegas after Ross and Rachel impulsively tied the knot.

Whether they were sampling Monica’s latest culinary creation, ordering yet another pizza, or eating cheesecake off the hallway floor, the legendary friends of Friends definitely spent a lot of time appreciating food—and coffee, of course.

To give fans a chance to celebrate those central motifs, The Brunch Club is hosting a Friends-themed brunch in Los Angeles this spring. Attendees will get to enjoy mimosas and appetizers during a screening of quintessential Friends episodes. The event also promises an array of activities including trivia, charades, and a costume contest. (So if your closet happens to be harboring an armadillo getup or a pink, frilly bridesmaid dress inspired by Little Bo-Peep, now’s the time to dig it out.)

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There won't be beef in the trifle at this Friends-themed brunch.
The Brunch Club

Though the exact location hasn’t been announced yet, we know the brunch will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, and you can register on Eventbrite to receive an email update when tickets go on sale. The price isn’t listed, but there’s a similar Friends brunch happening in Denver this March, and those tickets cost around $50.

The Brunch Club specializes in raising a glass to pop culture phenomenons all over the country—according to the website, the organization has hosted brunches inspired by the Spice Girls, Drake, roller discos, and more. Considering that the entire Friends series left Netflix at the end of 2019, the news of a fun way to watch a few episodes is probably coming at a good time for devastated super fans in Los Angeles.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about the potential Friends reunion.