Date: 9th July 2003

Harry Potter home for sale

Harry Potter fans will have to save hard if they are to afford the latest piece of their favourite wizard's memorabilia.
For the house used as Harry's home in the movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" has been put up for sale.

The three-bedroomed suburban cul-de-sac house that stars as 4 Privet Drive, Little Whingeing, Surrey, is in fact 12 Picket Post Close, Bracknell, Berkshire.

The home, owned in the film by Harry's dreadful aunt and uncle, the Dursleys, is due to be auctioned at a guide price of 250,000.

The real owner of the house, Sandra Smith, was approached by Warner Brothers three years ago to use the building in their movie.

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

There is also a cupboard under the stairs, similar to the one where Harry is famously forced to live by his relatives.

With the nation currently engrossed in J.K Rowling's fifth episode of the Harry novels, interest in the house is expected to be huge, say estate agents FPD Savills.

The auction is due to take place at the Millennium Hotel, London, on 22 July.

Source: Press Release