A self-confessed Harry Potter geek has combined his life working in estate agency with his love of J.K. Rowling’s books by creating a painstakingly detailed fictional property valuation of Hogwarts. Alex Phillips, 28, who works for online estate agent YOPA, said he decided to have a “major geek-out” after wondering how much the famous School of Witchcraft and Wizardary would be worth as a piece of property on the open market.
Phillips studied all of the books and films in the Harry Potter Series looking for clues as to the size and scale of the building (he reckons 475,000 square feet) and came up with an asking price of £200,000,000.
Former school building developments have become a common feature in the UK property market in recent years due to their extensive proportions and potential to convert in a multitude of flats, often with additional houses being built on the grounds.
Phillips told SellingUp.com that YOPA would be delighted to be marketing Hogwarts were the school sadly to ever shut its magical doors for good (J.K. Rowling forbid) and be put up for sale.
He said: “There are many amazing value-add features such as the moving staircases, rediscovered underground floors like that hosting the Chamber of Secrets, the Room of Requirement, swimming-pool size bathtubs, statues, tapestries trinkets galore, the Great lake, the Quidditch pitch, greenhouses, and the magical train service dedicated to Hogwarts alone.”
Admitting the rather enormous asking price bucks the trend of comparitively slow house price growth in Scotland, Phillips added: “Due to the fact that Hogwarts has only continued to grow in renown within the broader world of muggles and holds unparalleled kudos value amongst most any property in the world, we feel a fair valuation sits at an absolute minimum of £200,000,000 – even in today’s post-Brexit market.”
This is what Phillips – with his estate agency rather than his wizard’s hat on – had to say about Hogwarts (it’s rather more detailed that a typical listing but then again this is no ordinary property):
FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET: A MAGICAL OPPORTUNITY FOR A MEGA-RICH MUGGLE
FOR SALE – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Galloway Hills in Scotland, near the village of Hogsmeade, “not far” from Dufftown, in Banffshire, and Achintee, in Lochaber
8 Floor, magnificent castle, 142 staircases
Size: 475,000 sq feet (note: this does of course not factor in the potentially unlimited extra space provided by the Room of Requirement).
Asking Price: £200,000,000
Description: An imposing and unique eight-storey castle (plus extensive underground levels) which has been estimated to be comparable in size to Windsor Castle. The considerable estate was built in a valley surrounded on all sides by mountains to the north, Great Lake to the south and Forbidden Forest to the east.
Hogwarts sits within at least 30 acres of land, extending from close to Hogsmeade Station to the edge of the Forbidden Forest and the banks of the lake, and includes a covered Bridge to Nowhere, viaduct, flying training grounds, quidditch stadium, boat house, greenhouses, owlery, flower beds, vegetable patches, groundskeeper’s hut (sold separately) and even a boathouse.
Big Rooms: Antechamber of the Great Hall, Armour Gallery, Courtyard, Chamber of Secrets, Chambers of the Philosopher’s Stone, Dungeons, Dungeon Portrait room, Entrance Hall, Great Hall, Gryffindor common room, Hogwarts kitchens, Hospital Wing, Hufflepuff common room, Library, Portrait room, Ravenclaw common room, Room of Requirement, Slytherin common room, Staff room, Trophy Room.
Classrooms: Advanced Arithmancy Studies classroom, Art classroom, Astronomy classroom, Class 1, 102, 104, 107, 31, 34, 67, 72, 99, 22b, E-13, Classrooms Eleven, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 3C, 3D, 5B, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 7C, Care of Magical Creatures classroom, Charms classroom, Charms building, Classroom off charms corridor, Classroom off of the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Divination Classroom, Disused classroom on the third floor, Dungeon Five, Fifth Floor classroom, First year written exams classroom, First-floor empty classroom (I), First-floor empty classroom (II), Fifth Floor classroom, First year written exams classroom, First-floor empty classroom (I), First-floor empty classroom (II), Ghoul Studies classroom, Great Hall, Greenhouse One, Greenhouse Three, Greenhouse Two, Herbology classroom, Herbology greenhouses, History of Magic classroom, Muggle Studies classroom, Music Classroom, Potion-Mixing room, Potions classroom, Sixth-floor empty classroom, Study Hall, Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Transfiguration classroom, Unused 4th floor classroom storage for the Mirror of Erised.
Offices: Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher’s office, Filch’s office, Flitwick’s office, Head’s office, Lockhart’s Office, Madam Hooch’s office, McGonagall’s office, Slughorn’s office McGonagall’s study, Pomfrey’s office.
Towers: Astronomy Tower, Central Tower, Clock Tower, Dark Tower, Founders’ Tower, Gryffindor Tower, Headmaster’s Tower, Herbology Tower, Hogwarts Turris Magnus, Hogwarts Turris Medius, Hospital Tower, Hufflepuff Duelling Turrets, Lookout Tower, Marble Staircase Tower, North Tower, Octagon Tower, Quidditch Tower, Ravenclaw Tower, Right Long Gallery Tower, Small Locked Tower, South Tower, Suspension Bridge Towers, The Tower, Training Grounds Tower, Upper Hall Tower, Viaduct Courtyard Gatehouses, West Tower.
Bathrooms: Boys’ bathroom, First floor girls’ bathroom, Prefect’s bathroom, Moaning Myrtle’s bathroom, Sixth floor boys bathroom, Bathroom in house common rooms.
Corridors: Astronomy Corridor, Catwalks by the Quad battlements, Charms corridor, Cloistered corridor, Corridor of Secrets, Corridor off the Entrance Hall, Courtyard corridor, Detention Escape Route, Divination corridor, Dungeon corridor, Entrance Dungeon, Fat Lady’s corridor, Fifth Floor hospital corridor of the east wing, Fifth-floor corridor, First Floor corridor, Fourth Floor hospital tower corridor, Fourth-floor corridor, Gallery, Gargoyle Corridor, Ground-floor corridor, Gunhilda of Gorsemoor corridor, Herbology corridor, Hieroglyphic Hall, Kitchen corridor, Library corridor, Lost Tunnel, Lower Chambers Corridor North-East, Lower Chambers Corridor West, Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor, One-Eyed Witch Passage, Oxford Corridor, Passage of the Fouls, Poltergeist Passage, Prowling Passage, Pungent Passage, Runic Corridor, Second-floor corridor, Secret Hallway, Secret Passage, Secret passages at Hogwarts, Secret way to Slytherin Common Room, Serpentine Corridor, Seventh-floor corridor, Sixth-floor corridor, Slytherin Corridors, Staff room corridor, Tapestry Corridor, Third-floor corridor, Tracery Hall, Trophy Secret Passage, Undercover route to the Kitchens, Way to the Forbidden Forest, West Tower corridor, West Wing.
Grounds: Three substantial Greenhouses, Owlery, Full-size Quidditch Pitch and stands, Hut overlooking a grand loch known as the Dark Lake.
Disclaimer: Apparently, it is rather difficult to remember where anything actually is within Hogwarts, because “it all moves around a lot”. You may also be disoriented by false walls pretending to be doors, trans-dimensional portals, and frequently shifting staircases; some with vanishing steps, some moving and others leading somewhere different depending on the day of the week. We assume that Hogwarts would be almost impossible to navigate for a muggle. Possibly dangerous fantastical beasts within the castle itself include merpeople, Grindylows, and a giant squid in the great lake, and an abundance of magical creatures in the Black Forest. Also, the castle is filled with ghosts and poltergeists – some pleasant, others less so.
Note that at least 50 lives were lost on the property at the Battle of Hogwarts, and there have been occasional deaths throughout its long history.
Special Features: First and foremost, Hogwarts is the most famous and elite magical school in the world. Charmed statues will defend the property from unfriendly invaders. An enchanted ceiling in the Great Hall makes you feel you are looking straight at the sky above. The Room of Requirement meanwhile, can accommodate the pressing needs of any wizard – be it a quick bathroom pit stop, a romantic rendezvous, or a space to practice one’s duelling. There are innumerable priceless magical objects that are intrinsically linked to the school including such trinkets as Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup and the Sword of Gryffindor.
Having been cleared of a Basilisk, a secret chamber can be accessed via a hidden slide in one of the bathrooms. The Chamber is built deep into the land – far below the dungeons and even beneath the lake itself. If you can say the password in Parseltongue, it would make for a phenomenal vault and the ultimate subterranean basement extension.
- If Hogwarts really was for sale at YOPA you could book a viewing here.