J.K. Rowling to Build Hagrid’s Hut in Her Back Garden
How great for the kids would it be to have something like this in your back garden for the kids to play in? Well, if you’re J.K. Rowling and live in a Scottish Estate, you’ll definitely have room for it. According to The Telegraph, the Harry Potter author is to build her own “Hagrid Hut” in the grounds.
The writer plans to install the stone-built summerhouse, bearing a striking resemblance to the home of one of her best-loved characters, the game-keeper Hagrid, on the edge of the Killiechassie Estate, near Aberfeldy in Perthshire.
Like the fictional home of Hagrid – the ground-keeper of Hogwarts, played in the Harry Potter films by Robbie Coltrane – the proposed hut will be built on the edge of a forest of the 162-acre estate.
Rowling bought the house and grounds for £1.9 million in 2001, and married husband Dr Neil Murray in the library in the December of that year.
It will be a circular structure, open to the front, with a stone bench and slate roof.
A council report states that the condition of the application’s approval is that no trees must be damaged or cut down during the construction.
The inter-connected tree houses, costing around £250,000, are thought to have been built for her two youngest children.
Built on wooden stilts, the tree house features lanterns above the doors, balconies and carvings. Also built into the structure were a spiral staircase and a trapdoor.
Killiechassie House, on the banks of the River Tay is just a few miles from Castle Menzies, which has been likened to Hogwarts, the fictional school attended by Harry Potter. The 19th century estate has its own small loch, said to contain a murderous water sprite.