This Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb Rental in Atlanta Can Sleep Up to Eight People for Less Than $100 Per Night

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Warner Bros.

Whether you’re a certified Harry Potter fanatic or an “I’ve seen some of the movies” type of Muggle, it’s not hard to find yourself wishing your own life had a little more wizarding-world magic in it. This Airbnb rental in Atlanta is doing its best to make that wish come true for you and up to seven of your coolest friends.

Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta outdoor view
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The property is one full floor in a condominium, complete with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and its own street entrance. It sleeps up to eight people, provided that several guests don’t mind bunk beds, and costs roughly $79 per night, depending on the travel dates, and not including fees. That’s quite a bit cheaper than building your own personal Hogwarts castle.

Virtually every corner of the condo is adorned with decorations and accessories straight from the beloved book series. Some highlights include candlesticks hung from the kitchen ceiling, similar to those bewitched to hover above the Great Hall; a bedroom wall papered with clippings from the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet; a toilet seat decal that reads “This way to the Ministry of Magic”; three Quidditch broomsticks fixed to the wall; and Hogwarts House-themed bedclothes.

Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta sitting room
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Harry Potter Airbnb Atlanta bedroom
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The enchanting decor is only part of the property’s appeal—it also contains everything you need to partake in wizard-worthy activities, too. Whip up Harry’s favorite treacle tart or Mrs. Weasley’s classic meat pies with the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, and then retire to the sitting room to play a rousing round of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit or Clue. There’s also, of course, a complete collection of Harry Potter books and DVDs for a binge session of your choosing.

Amenities include all the usual modern-day Muggle trappings like Wi-Fi, cable television, air conditioning, a coffee maker, a microwave, and a washer and dryer in the building. And there’s a small side yard if you’d like to host an outdoor dinner à la the Weasleys at the Burrow.

With a wave of your wand (or, more literally, a couple clicks of your mouse), you can book your vacation now on Airbnb. If you find all seven hidden magical objects on the premises, you’ll unlock a 10 percent discount off your next stay. Bringing kids? Check out Mini Boden’s new Harry Potter clothing line here.

A Handy Map of All the Royal Residences in the UK

Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Frogmore House, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's primary estate on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Somewhere along the way, you probably learned that Buckingham Palace is home to the ruler of the United Kingdom and many unflinching, fancily clad guards. And, if you watch The Crown or keep a close eye on royal family news, you might recognize the names of other estates like Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace.

But what about Gatcombe Park, Llwynywermod, or any of the other royal residences? To fill in the gaps of your knowledge, UK-based money-lending site QuickQuid created a map and corresponding illustrations of all 20 properties, and compiled the need-to-know details about each place.

quickquid map of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip kept eight estates for themselves, and divvied up the rest among their children and grandchildren, some of whom have purchased their own properties, too. Though Buckingham Palace is still considered the official residence of the Queen, she now splits most of her time between Windsor Castle and other holiday homes like Balmoral Castle in Scotland and Sandringham House, which Prince Philip is responsible for maintaining.

quickquid illustration of royal family residences
QuickQuid

Windsor shares its grounds with two other properties: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home, Frogmore House, and the Royal Lodge, where Prince Andrew (the Queen’s second youngest child) lives.

illustration of frogmore house
QuickQuid

Southwest of Windsor is Highgrove House, Prince Charles’s official family home with wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They also own Birkhall in Scotland, Clarence House in London, Tamarisk House on the Isles of Scilly, and the aforementioned Llwynywermod in Wales. Much like the Queen herself does, Charles and Camilla basically have a different house for each region they visit.

illustration of highgrove house
QuickQuid

In 2011, the Queen gave Anmer Hall—which is on the grounds of Sandringham House—to Prince William and Kate Middleton as a wedding gift, but they’ve recently relocated to Kensington Palace so Prince George could attend school in London.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Anne, resides in Gatcombe Park with her daughter, Zara Tindall. Anne also owns St. James’s Palace in London, where her niece (Princess Beatrice of York) and her mother’s cousin (Princess Alexandra) sometimes live.

Lastly there's Edward, Elizabeth and Philip's youngest son, who lives with his wife in Bagshot Park, which architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner called “bad, purposeless, [and] ugly.”

illustration of bagshot park
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If you’re feeling particularly cramped in your tiny one-bedroom apartment (or even regular-sized house) after reading about the royal family’s overabundance of real estate, take solace in the knowledge that at least you’ll never have to follow their strict fashion rules.

Stephen King's Maine Home Will Become a Museum and Writer's Retreat

Russ Quinlan, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Russ Quinlan, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Early in his career, author Stephen King (It, The Shining, The Outsider) embraced his public persona of being a spooky writer of the macabre. He purchased a 19th-century Victorian mansion in Bangor, Maine in 1980 for $135,000 and spent some Halloweens outside passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Now, King’s residence is set to become something of a Bangor landmark. As Rolling Stone reports, King and his wife Tabitha requested that their private home at 47 West Broadway be rezoned as a nonprofit center, which the Bangor City Council granted this week. The plan is to turn the home into a museum devoted to King’s work as well as a writer’s retreat.

King isn’t evicting himself, exactly. While he remains the owner, he and his family have spent less time at the residence over the years, instead residing in Florida or Oxford County, Maine.

Shortly after King purchased the home, he wrote and read aloud an essay addressing why he chose Bangor and his earliest impressions of 47 West Broadway. “I think it disapproved of us at first,” he wrote. “The parlor seemed cold in a way that had little to do with temperature. The cat would not go into that room; the kids avoided it. My oldest son was convinced there were ghosts in the turret towers …” A few months in, King recalled, his family began to settle in.

The Bangor home has morphed into a tourist attraction of sorts over time, with fans of King’s making a pilgrimage to the spot to take photos or idle around its ornate iron gate. Soon they’ll be able to peek inside, though the museum will be by appointment only. It’s not yet known when the home will open to visitors or how writers can apply to stay there.

[h/t Rolling Stone]

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