Monday, September 14, 2009

Final Press Release

I've finally received permission from DHE to post the press release now. Here goes:


09 September 2009 - Harry Potter fever is once again sweeping the nation thanks to the release of the latest film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which has everyone clamouring to see the adventures of the young wizard. However, one fan has gone that step further by recreating Harry’s magical world in her own home.

Taking inspiration from the book, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, miniature enthusiast Marie Wendt (a proud member of the GSOLFOT Miniatures Club), decided to transform her elegant dolls’ house, bought from The Dolls House Emporium, into No. 12 Grimmauld Place. With dark corners and darker secrets, No. 12 Grimmauld Place is the ancestral home of the Black family and the secret headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.

Marie’s 1:12th scale building stands at five stories high and contains all the rooms mentioned in the book, including the bedrooms where Harry, Hermione and Ron sleep; Sirius Black’s old bedroom, complete with grey silk wallpaper; and the kitchen, which is the hub of the Order’s activity.

The house is a faithful replica of the original building in every sense. From the boiler room in which Kreacher, the house elf, sleeps and jealously guards his stolen trinkets; to the severed trolls’ foot umbrella stand and screaming painting behind the curtain in the hallway, Marie has captured the atmospheric character of No.12 Grimmauld Place created in the book, and brought it life.

“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have always wanted to do a Harry Potter themed project – No. 12 Grimmauld Place seemed the perfect choice,” explains Marie.

“I wanted to be as true to the book as I could and the finished house definitely has a certain atmosphere about it. I peeled wallpaper off the walls and covered the ceilings and walls with a dirty water wash to give it that unkempt and slightly abandoned feeling. The exterior of the house is now complete, although there is still more to add to the interior, such as a boggart in a grandfather clock! However, I am really delighted with the way it has turned out so far.

“It is great fun and a great sense of accomplishment to complete a dolls’ house, but this one has been a particular labour of love, mixed with a little bit of magic”, adds Marie.

For further information, please visit and click on Grimmauld Place build in the categories section on the right hand side. Alternatively, please call 080 00 11 44 11 and quote reference PRHP1.


Ara said...

Congrats Marie!!! This looks like a great write-up on a fantastic project!!! -ara

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling you have an interesting blog hence the reason you have over 100 followers and I am now one of is to number 200 and beyond.

Love & Hugs