Harry Potter's Privet Drive house for sale for £475,000:'perfectly ordinary house' comes with cupboard-under-the-stairs

Property in Berkshire was featured in the first Harry Potter film after being scouted as the best example of a "perfectly ordinary house"

The manicured suburban house (complete with cupboard-under-the-stairs) that featured as Number Four Privet Drive in the first Harry Potter film is for sale for £475,000.

The three-bedroom house in Martins Heron, Bracknell, was cast as the "perfectly ordinary house on a perfectly ordinary street" for the 2001 film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The property’s then owner Sandra Smith was approached by filmmakers who spotted the house and thought it closely resembled the Thirties home in Little Whinging, Surrey described by JK Rowling.

Filming took place at the location over two weeks as the property was transformed into the home of the Dursley family.

A fibreglass Number Four, Privet Drive remarkably similar to the Martins Heron property opened to the public at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, Watford in May (Warner Bros London Studio tour)

The Boy Who Lived famously did so in the cupboard-under-the-stairs - during his early years, at least.

Harry's aunt Petunia and uncle Vernon reserved two of four bedrooms in Privet Drive for their odious son Dudley, one for themselves and another for guests. While Harry kept the spiders and the vacuum cleaner company in the cupboard at night.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in the film franchise. The Boy Who Lived spent ten years of his life sleeping in the cupboard-under-the-stairs (Warner Bros)

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone the orphan wizard is quickly moved into “Dudley’s second bedroom” by his rattled relatives after he starts receiving letters addressed to “Harry Potter, The Cupboard Under the Stairs.”

The Martins Heron property was used in the initial Potter film but Privet Drive was recreated in a studio for the subsequent seven movies. Earlier this year the fibreglass studio equivalent of this house opened to the public for the first time at the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden.

According to estate agents Chancellors, the Martins Heron property it is “situated in a quiet cul-de-sac location” and has recently undergone complete renovation. Its modern kitchen and wooden floors are a far cry from the salmon pink carpets, net curtains and beige upholstery of its movie equivalent.

The house was last sold for £290,000 in May 2010. Seven years earlier, the house was put up for auction with a much higher guide price than its market value thanks to its connection to Harry Potter, but the home failed to sell when the £250,000 reserve price wasn't met - despite receiving a bid of £249,000. 

The dimensions of the cupboard-under-the-stairs have not been disclosed.

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