Take a tour of the bewitching Harry Potter hotel (pictures)
Hit the hay like Harry
When Harry Potter first saw his sleeping quarters at Hogwarts, he must have been in heaven. (They were, after all, a big step up from sleeping in a broom closet.) Even though he shared a room with his fellow Gryffindor classmates, it was still a glorious site to behold.
In addition to the comfy four-poster bed, guests in the Wizards Chambers can
enjoy stone and wood-like walls, antique tea service, hardwood
floors and even a ladder that seems to go nowhere. There are so many little touches to the Wizard Chambers that they almost seem more like Room of Requirements than bedrooms.
A stay for two at the Wizard Chambers costs £209 (approximately $336, AU$380), with packages that include a movie locations Muggle Tour going for £249 (about $400, AU$454).
At the Georgian House Hotel in London, a copy of the Mona Lisa watches as you fall asleep. While the witches and wizards portrayed in paintings that decorated the walls at Hogwarts could move from portrait to portrait due
to special enchantments, this doesn't mean the Mona Lisa will be moving around
the hotel's art collection. At least we don't think so.
The Wizard Chambers also have beautifully ornate
mirrors hanging on the walls, stained-glass windows, red velvet curtains and a
large wooden wardrobe, but also a writing desk and candles for any late-night
studying or spell casting. While the candles in the Harry Potter books float,
these Muggle candles will stay put. The rooms do have a few Harry Potter books
to read in case you can't sleep due to troubled dreams or noises in the night.
While the Wizard Chambers do have copies of various
"Harry Potter" books by J.K. Rowling, don't expect to stumble upon texts from
Hogwart's extensive library such as "Defensive Magical Theory" by
Wilbert Slinkhard or "Curses and Counter-curses (Bewitch Your Friends and
Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs,
Tongue-Tying, and Much, Much More)" by Professor Vindictus Viridian.
Though we have to admit the books "Wanderings
With Werewolves" by Gilderoy Lockhart and "Blood Brothers: My Life
Amongst the Vampires" by Eldred Worple would make from some interesting
reading. Just make sure any book you pick up doesn't have the inscription
"This Book is the Property of the Half-Blood Prince" -- because we
all know what happened to the last folks who borrowed a book like that, and it
didn't end well.
Vintage portraits and paintings adorn the walls of the
Wizard Chambers. We can't be sure if the paintings come to life, but at least
guests can get into their rooms without the use of a painting password. After
all, the last thing you want is a painting to deny you access to your sleeping
quarters. There's even an antler chandelier hanging in the Wizard Chambers,
which is hopefully not made from the antlers of Harry Potter's corporeal Patronus of the stag.
Harry Potter's beloved owl Hedwig was more than a pet given to him by Hagrid on his 11th birthday. The owl was
also an important messenger between Harry and his friends who delivered letters
back and forth. She also nipped at Harry gently as a gesture of affection. So
it's only suitable that an owl, albeit a ceramic statue, is placed on a bedside
table as a reminder of Hedwig's friendship with the famous wizard. Plus, it will
watch over any precious books you bring into the room, like this hardcover copy
of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Because the Wizard Chambers also have
rooms that share multiple beds, you can easily transport yourself back to
Hogwarts and pretend you're sleeping in the house of Gryffindor. The rooms are
cozy and come with a fireplace in case you want to try to contact distant
wizarding relatives. Though we highly discourage attempting to travel via the Floo Network -- a mode of transport where witches and wizards travel thanks to using Floo powder
and a fireplace. Standing in green flames is never a good idea.
The Wizard Chambers show loyalty to the
Hogwarts house that Harry Potter made famous -- Gryffindor. The banner displays the gold and scarlet colors of the house of Gryffindor, as
well as its animal of the lion. The traits of both the house and its mascot
include bravery, nerve, chivalry, courage, daring and strong of will.
Professor Horace Slughorn was a potions master and the head of Slytherin House at Hogwarts. He had a
habit of changing himself into an armchair when he wanted to avoid unwelcome guests.
Even Dumbledore himself once said, "I must say, you make a very convincing
armchair, Horace." To which Slughorn responded, "It's all in the upholstery,
I come by the padding naturally." So think twice before absent-mindedly
sitting on one of these chairs in the Wizard Chambers. You never know if it's
furniture or a shy Hogwarts professor!
Comfy rooms await wizards and Muggles alike inside the Wizard Chambers at London's Georgian House Hotel. While there, be sure to check
out the Reception Room. While it doesn't have quite the same decor as the Wizard
Chambers, it's easy to make believe the paintings have a life of their own
like they did in the "Harry Potter" books and films.