My New, Old House Has A Cupboard Under the Stairs – Reminds Me of Harry Potter

The count-down is almost over. Tomorrow, I am moving into my new old house, which is a classic example of houses from the Arts & Crafts Movement or the Craftsman Era. The house has several built-in pieces that are indicative of the Arts and Crafts movement, but today, I want to tell you about my staircase.

The staircase in my new, old house has a built-in cupboard beneath it that looks like the cupboard that became Harry Potter’s bedroom.

Honestly, my cupboard beneath my stairs is not big enough for a large boy to live in, but it is a perfect place for a child’s playhouse. While there are no children in my home now, I might just crawl into that space myself, from time to time, and I’ll think about Harry Potter.

Photo of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter sitting on a bed in a cupboard under the stairs.

Harry Potter’s Room Under the Stairs is described as a spidery place. It is the place that he was often forced to live, while residing with his aunt and uncle, who lived at 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey, England, Great Britain. At least, that is where Harry Potter’s room was–according to the Harry Potter books, but the film version of Harry’s staircase cupboard was built at the Warner Brothers Studio in London.

The House at Grey Gardens was built in 1897, and that is about the time that my new, old house was built, too.

Although my house is only about 1/3 the size of the house at Grey Gardens, it does have similar built-in architectural details. If you haven’t watched the Grey Gardens documentaries, you must. In the real documentary, Little Edie is filmed marching down a staircase similar to mine and doing the flag dance.

While Harry Potter’s Cupboard Under the Stairs is in England, Grey Gardens is in the Hamptons, in the USA. It was designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe, an architect who designed many of the Arts and Crafts-style summer cottages in East Hampton.

When I went to view my new, 125-year-old house, I fell in love with the Arts and Crafts details that are scattered all around the house.

Check out the window in the dining room. I’m not sure whether this window is a pass-through to the sunroom [my sudio] on the other side. I’m not sure whether the sunroom was added later or not, but the sunroom is off of the kitchen. Perhaps, it has always been a rather large breakfast room. I wish that I knew this old house’s history. I feel that it has its own stories to tell, and I guess that is why I am moving there. I want to be part of this old house’s stories.