Today best-selling author and creator of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling celebrates her 47th birthday, but rumor has it her children are the ones receiving a gift. Rowling has put into motion a plan to bring a little bit of the magic of Hogwarts to life in her own backyard.
According to plans submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council, the novelist has commissioned the construction of two 40-feet tall, two-story tree houses with turrets reminiscent of the school for witchcraft and wizardry.
That’s right. They are so incredible they require a permit before they can be built in her backyard. Wondering what a playplace like this one might set you back?
The towers will be built by luxury tree house makers Blue Forest UK and are estimated to cost around £150,000 pocket change for Rowling, who is worth £560 million, according to the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List. (She is also rumored to have given away £ 100 million to charity.)
According to drawings obtained by the Daily Mail, each of Rowling’s children will have their own tree house which will be constructed from sustainably managed forests and will be joined by a rope bridge. The houses will include a secret tunnel entrance, a trap door, a fireman’s pole, a stainless steel slide, a set of swings, and at least one of the Hogwart-style castles will lead to a giant trampoline deck.
David, 9, and Mackenzie, 7, have to be two of the luckiest kids in the UK. I hope once they are built they’ll grant us a tour of the inside.