Even in 2020, the love for Harry Potter prevails! Though it looks a little different this year, the Harry Potter house is back in Southwest Austin.
**2022 Update** Unfortunately, the Harry Potter house will not return for Halloween, however the Diagon Alley Austin Yule Ball will be ready by Thanksgiving.
Here’s what to expect:
As outlined on the house’s Facebook page, they are NOT doing the typical walk-trough, immersive Diagon Alley ATX display this year. They have, however, placed their version of Hogwarts Castle in their front yard! The owner began working on an entirely new build in June and shortly after Halloween he got started on transitioning into the Yule Ball. You can see everything from the safety of your car as you drive-by. The Yule Ball installation will have Christmas tree’s synced to music from the movie and more!
The owners ask that you enjoy the display from the street. While it looks sturdy, it is made from foam insulation boards which are more delicate than they look. For safety reasons (there are currently nails, construction debris, etc.) they ask that you do not come onto the property. Please respect this request.
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Where Is The Harry Potter House Located?
The home is located off Slaughter Lane in Circle C’s Vintage Place, across from the park. You can’t miss it! Because the decorations are viewed from the street, there are no set hours. However, the lights will only be on at certain times: Monday through Friday, lights will run from 6 to 8 PM and 6 to 9 PM on weekends.
As in past years, the family is accepting donations to a few local charities. They do not keep any portion of your donation for materials or expenses related to the project. All money collected will be split between a variety of local charities. This year for the opening of the Yule Ball on December 4, Professional photographer Casey Chapman Ross and CCR Studios will kick it off the opening. Anyone who donates $30 or more will receive an original digital keepsake, and “something from the trolley” as a thank you! They will accept cash, or you can scan a QR code or Venmo upon arrival. They will accept a limited number of walk-ups. Make sure to check their Facebook page for a sign up sheet, which is HIGHLY recommended because these will sell out. Donations make a HUGE impact to the organizations and kids they are supporting this year. Please consider donating. You can Venmo: @DiagonAlleyAtx
As mentioned, this is a private residence. If you pay it a visit, wear a mask, keep socially distanced, and do not disturb the residents, their property, or other neighbors.
The display will be up through the rest of the year!
This was 2021’s magical halloween setup!
Finally, here’s a look at the 2021 Yule Ball.