“Harry Potter” Fans Could Win the Chance to Spend Christmas in a Hagrid’s Hut Replica
Located in the North Shire campsite in Yorkshire, England, Groundkeeper’s Cottage is a giant-inspired gem. Designed to mimic Rubeus Hagrid’s humble abode, the replica hut features circular slate-roofed buildings, stained glass windows, and even turrets. Inside, coziness is a top priority. The hut houses an elaborate fireplace to help guests feel warm and at home.
Built by Billy Cessford, a well-respected stage and screen prop maker, Groundkeeper’s Cottage opened in April 2019 as an ode to Hagrid’s hut as it appears in the Harry Potter films. Usually, the cottage is rented for £1,400 a week, but this Christmas, the owner, Carol Cavendish, is offering a week-long stay as part of a prize package worth £5,000, all in the name of Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international charity for disadvantaged and orphaned children.
Cavendish was an adoptee who faced many challenges throughout her childhood. For Cavendish, North Shire is where storybooks become temporarily real, with holiday homes like Groundkeeper’s Cottage and Potts Corner, a nearby Hobbit-inspired house, providing a much-needed escape for young people who are struggling. Cavendish now hopes that vulnerable children will benefit from this competition fundraising initiative.
Up to six people will spend seven nights, from December 22 to 29, enjoying Groundkeeper’s Cottage for all its Hagrid-inspired beauty, not to mention its high-quality mattresses, comfy sofas, open fireplace, and copper roll-top bath.
To add to the festivities, the winners of the Groundkeeper’s Cottage stay will have the opportunity to meet a snowy owl, enjoy a festive welcome basket, and share an afternoon tea with a Harry Potter lookalike, who will eagerly share magic tricks. The lucky guests can also expect a visit from Santa Claus and an incredible ride on a steam train out of nearby Goathland station, which was used as Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film. Cavendish spoke of her excitement about the competition:
Christmas is a prime time for escaping normal lives, and yet it can also be hard for many families with the cost of presents and food. Since launching the Groundkeeper’s Cottage this spring, we’ve had a phenomenal response from people wanting to rent it, so we thought it was a good time to help make somebody’s Christmas extra special while also raising vital funds for a charity that is close to my heart.
Entry details for the Groundkeeper’s Cottage competition can be found on the North Shire website. Entries will close on October 31. Entries will cost £1, with a portion of raised funds going directly to the Lumos charity, which aims to end orphanages globally by 2050, advocating family placements for all vulnerable children.