Accio, Buyer’s Market!


Real-estate company Movoto has appraised “the Burrow,” the Weasley family home in the Harry Potter series, and figured out what it would sell for in the muggle world.

The calculations are a lesson in the values of close reading, taking into account the size of the eight-person dining table in the kitchen, the difference in square-footage between the floors (the third floor is smaller than the second and fourth ones—magic), and so on.

Yes, it’s a marketing ploy, but wouldn’t it be great if more marketing ploys involved meticulous, loving attention to books?

See Movoto’s charmingly illustrated results below the jump.



Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →