Move aside, muggles. This honorary wizard’s re-creation of Diagon Alley is pure magic.
According to Geek Wire, the #DiagonAlleyProject is the brainchild of Jon Chambers, father of two girls. The former creative director transformed his Seattle driveway after quitting his job to focus on this very thing. (Wonder if he sent his two weeks’ notice via Owl Post?)
Chambers has managed to fit six storefronts into the winding alley in front of his home in the Ballard neighborhood (near Whittier Elementary School) since construction began in mid-October. There’s Eeylops Owl Emporium, Ollivanders wand shop, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Magical Menagerie, Flourish and Blotts bookshop and Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. But the magic is all in Chambers’s details: black-and-white wanted posters of Bellatrix Lestrange, a brick-wall entrance, tiny glass potion bottles scattered about... It’s enough to impress even Albus Dumbledore himself.
The Diagon Alley Project will remain up through Christmas, and visitors have the option of donating to a pancreatic cancer charity.
Now if only we could track down our Hogwarts acceptance letter. We’re sure the owl just got lost in transit.