It was on this day, July 31, that Hagrid said the famous words that would change the lives of Harry Potter and Potterheads around the world. This year Harry is celebrating his 39th birthday with his family of five, and what better way than a last-minute vacation before James and Albus are off to Hogwarts?
You don’t need to apparate far for that flighty temptress, adventure. To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, we curated a list of seven Harry Potter–themed homes available to rent on Vrbo for a magical getaway.
1. Enchanted Escape
This home in Kissimmee, Florida, has enough room to house the whole Weasley-Potter clan. With eight bedrooms themed with an array of fictional characters, the Harry Potter–themed movie room takes the treacle tart. Turn out the lights for a Harry Potter movie marathon with enchanted candlesticks hanging in the air like those in the Great Hall. The room also features a bunk bed built into a Hogwarts castle adorned with the school crest to sleep two lucky magical children.
2. Gryffindor Getaway
Planning a trip with small wizards to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando? Look no further than this beautifully decorated townhome featuring a Platform Nine and Three Quarters’ bedroom with two twin beds fit for any Gryffindor. The Nimbus 2000 decorates the faux brick wall that you’ll have to stop yourself from running into like those in Kings Crossing.
3. Knight Bus Bunk
This magical house has not one, but three themed Harry Potter rooms. Dream of flying through the Quidditch pitch with Harry in a canopy queen-sized bed, or sleep in the Knight Bus bunk bed as you soar through London. The suite-styled conjoined rooms are across the hall from the bathroom with a wall that reads “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened...beware.” You won’t find anyone moaning about their stay.
4. The Marauder's Map
Before entering this room, you have to tap the door and say “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.” Not really, but this Marauder's Map–themed room captures the essence of Padfoot, Moony, Prongs and Wormtail’s famous map with parchment wallpapered walls and pillows that read “Mischief Managed.” Perfect for relaxing after a day at Universal Studios Florida with a game of Wizard’s chess.
5. Movie Room Magic
This 5-bedroom home in Kissimmee, Florida, features a Harry Potter–themed movie and gaming room with violently purple walls that will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of the movie. No matter if you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, you’ll feel right at home. Grab your cloak and cozy up in your own recliner to unwind — trouble won’t find you here.
6. The Hogwarts Express
All aboard the Hogwarts Express! This room is decorated simply with a beautiful rendition of the famous train and the Hogwarts crest painted on the wall. The huge townhome sleeps up to 14 guests and averages less than $200 per night, or about 27 galleons and 25 sickles. Muggles and wizards alike will enjoy the modern amenities.
7. Harry's Hideaway
This room is Riddikulus, with walls that are sure to mimic Mad Eye Moody’s during his auror days, plastered with wanted posters and news articles. Not that Moody would believe the boisterous claims of The Daily Prophet! The Harry Potter magic doesn’t end there — this condo in Atlanta is completely decked in magical decor. From the halls of Hogwarts in the living room to Platform Nine and Three Quarters entrance, Harry Potter fans will love the magical touches.