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.


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.


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.”


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]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar


Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Visit Any National Park for Free on September 26—or Volunteer to Help Maintain Them

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
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Temperatures are quickly cooling down, and you might be inclined to take advantage of the last few long, sunny days with a weekend visit to the great outdoors. This Saturday, September 26, you can bask in the open air of any national park for free, as part of National Public Lands Day.

According to the National Park Service, the holiday has been held on the fourth Saturday of every September since 1994, and it’s also the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It’s up to you whether you’d like to partake in the service side or simply go for a stroll. Opportunities for volunteering include tree-planting, park cleanups, and more; you can find events near you here. There are also a number of virtual events you can tune into, which range from wildlife livestreams and virtual tours to how-to webinars (a Virginia State Parks ranger, for example, will teach you how to make a bee hotel).

There are more than 400 areas run by the National Park Service across the U.S., and many of them aren’t parks in the traditional sense of the word; the Statue of Liberty, Alcatraz Island, and countless other monuments and historical sites are also run by the NPS. Wondering if there might be one closer than you thought? Explore parks in your area on this interactive map.

If you do decide to celebrate National Public Lands Day on public lands, you should contact the park—or check its website—before you head there so you know of any coronavirus-related protocols they've put in place. And for those of you who can’t take advantage of the free admission on September 26, the National Park Service will also waive all entrance fees for Veterans Day on November 11.