Cool Bookish Places We Wish Existed: Hogwarts, In Michigan

Earlier this year, an ad appeared on the Realtor.com site, in their celebrity listings section. Upon first reading the listing, it would appear that someone had gone to a lot of trouble to build a replica of Hogwarts and that they were putting said replica on the market. For Potterheads everywhere, it was a dream come true. Alas, it was only a dream. The listing was a spoof, and no such place exists. But let’s take a minute to imagine what it would have been like….

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It turns out that the Hogwarts Express is even more magical than we thought. It may seem as though Harry and his school chums were taking a short ride through the English countryside as they made their way to Hogwarts, but they were, in fact, making a transatlantic journey. Hogwarts, it seems, is really in Michigan.  Alcona, Michigan, to be exact. It’s rumored that the new owner won the school from Dumbledore in a high-stakes game of Quidditch (I have problems with this story for obvious reasons.) and is now looking to cash in on his acquisition with a price tag of $99.9 Million.

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The property listing boasts 42,00 acres on the border of the Forbidden Forest, nearly 21,000 square feet, 542 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms. Included are amenities like an owlery, a quidditch pitch, and a structure that looks a lot like a gamekeepers cottage.

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I wonder if the new owners will keep Hagrid around? If they’re smart, they will. Not likely they’ll find anyone else with as much experience in handling acromantulas.

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