Press Peeks into J.K. Rowling’s Back Yard, Sees Hagrid, Gets It Wrong


Apr 19, 2011

Posted by Melissa Anelli

There’s a pretty hilarious article going around from the Daily Mail that posits that J.K. Rowling is building Hagrid’s Hut in the yard of her Edinburgh home. It claims the author is constructing a “lodge” that will sit at the bottom of her gardens that will mirror the hut we’ve seen in the films, with a conical roof, a spire, a chimney and stone steps up to the door.

While it is true she has submitted plans for the building of a garden house in her yard, which will match the style of her home and happens to have a conical roof, there isn’t any intent to make it match Hagrid’s hut (which is actually wooden as per the books, not stone as in the films).

Stay tuned to Leaky for more info on Jo’s architectural adventures, including her plans to build a full scale Hogwarts on the grounds of Buckingham Palace; the functioning Hog’s Head pub being readied for her private use on the Royal Mile, and, of course, her very own Room of Requirement, which will appear now and then inside her Edinburgh home and serve coffee, biscuits and writing inspiration on demand. We’ll bring you the scoop!

(Just in case it needs saying, which we know from experience it does: The above paragraph is a joke and should not be mistaken for anything resembling truth.)

71 Responses to Press Peeks into J.K. Rowling’s Back Yard, Sees Hagrid, Gets It Wrong

Avatar ImageJakk_pf says: Hahahahahahahahahahhahaha oh leakyAvatar ImageLoader Lady says: I came to Leaky for amusement today and this article exceeded expectations!Avatar ImageTarsieS says: Mwahahahahaha!! I read the Daily Mail article and was thinking - riiiight, sure she is... Glad to see my skepticism was correct. Loved this!Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: Ahh Melissa I love you XDAvatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: Thanks for making me laugh today. I bet our daughter would love a Hagrid's hut in our yard, though... Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: Wait a minute -- you mean she *doesn't* have a functioning owlery????Avatar ImageLillylove says: Fabulous, Leaky! Love to start my day with a laugh :)Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: Hahaha:P Oh dear, what do the press come up with these days! They'll write anything to get people to read them:/ Very funny though leaky:P ;)Avatar Imageroonwit says: There was a similar article in The Sunday Times which had more details and an impression of what it would look like, and my first reaction when they suggested it looked like Hagrid's hut was "which one?" as there seem to have been several in the films. Avatar ImageEatCookies-x says: Oh that's hilarious :) What a way to brighten my day further after the glorious weather outside :DAvatar ImageDawna says: Personally, I would like a Great Hall, with food apprearing whenever I am hungrty....Avatar ImageWinkyxx says: @ Dawna, my sentiments exactly! =D lol this is a funny story! haahah! Avatar ImageDavidTheUnready says: Nice one Melissa, I would not object to Buckingham Palace being replaced by Hogwarts, brought a smile to my face :). I wish there was a Great Hall in the college I work at, have just paid €6.40 for horrible lunch in staff canteen. Hogwarts food looks so much betterAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Now THIS is what I expected to read on Leaky on April Fools Day. Leave it to The Daily Mail to conjour such a story. I hear that there are authors who work from tree houses in their back yards. Why not cozy huts? If I had the back yard space, I would most certainly build a replica of Hagrid's Hut as a personal respite. Avatar Imagecassadinechik says: Me too! A hut would be awesome! LOLAvatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Why don't they just convert all of Edinburgh into Hogsmeade? Sounds like a logical choice to me.... ;)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: HAHA! Thats so funny! I want to build Hagrid's hut in my backyard! (And also a Room of Requirement, Hogs Head, and Hogwarts!)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: LOL The idea of full scale Hogwarts in Buckingham Palace. OUTSTANDING!!!!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: You mean even JKR isn't wealthy enough to make a Room of Requirement real? I'm crushed.Avatar ImageJessSnape says: this is silly... I love it:)Avatar ImageTanderule says: thats so funny! that's like my dream garden!Avatar Imagepaskunia says: And inside the hut she has ET and Elvis, drinking tea out of Wedgewood cups and noshing on cucumber sandwiches. It's true! ET was trying to phone home from inside the hut, and a Daily Mail reporter- using the same tactics allegedly employed by the reporters at News of the World- hacked into his call. Then Elvis phoned Graceland and asked someone there to send a pair of TCB glasses to his hostess. Thank you very much, Daily Mail.Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: This would be awesome! Haha :DAvatar ImageKayWeasley says: ha ha ha! Avatar ImageHogwartsHP says: LOL great news !§! I love Hagrid's home♥ !§!Avatar ImageMyNameIsFredWeasley says: would of been awesome if she did make Hagrid's hut :DAvatar ImageAndyM says: There is a reason why the "Daily Mail" is called the "Daily Fail" by many of us here in the UK...Avatar ImagePygmyPuffPia says: LOL So funny XD Must have been a slow news day...Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: Lol,how do they make up this stuff,well nevermind,it's quiet hilarious :D "full scale Hogwarts on the grounds of Buckingham Palace,functioning Hog's Head pub,etc.." hahaha,you know with that you just provided the Daily Mail a week's worth of articles :);)Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: Oh my, I loved this so much! XDAvatar Imagesirius33 says: Ha! I cant believe they actually thought that was right. Hilarious!Avatar ImageAceba says: DARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I SO TOTALLY FELL FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so gullible!!!!Avatar Imageeccentricalice says: LOL, thanks Leaky for a laugh :)Avatar ImageMissHermione says: Lol o wowAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: A hagrids hut wouldn't be a bad idea though xD Good one Leaky :DAvatar Imagechuzzle says: you have to wonder who thought that up...... :)Avatar ImageSeviately says: Lol that was pretty amusing. However I do agree to destroying Buckingham Palace and putting up a Hogwarts in its place. x3Avatar Image29puppy104 says: AH! Screw you Leaky!. . . LOL, LOL. . . JUST KIDDING! You almost got me there, but when you mention RoR I was like that's wayyy beyond! Haha, good laugh.. ;)Avatar Imageanimalz10 says: Ahh Haha, thanks for the much needed laugh!Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: HAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA This just made my day xDAvatar Imagejillians642 says: Silly people! The Room of Requirement cannot provide food. ;)Avatar ImageOwling says: LOL Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: Hahaha! Loved that last paragraph Melissa!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Ahh Melissa I love youAvatar ImageLivi22 says: Ha ha! The press come up with some really weird ideas sometimes.Avatar Imagemew5645 says: lol very funnyAvatar ImageShana says: :-)Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: It would be pretty awesome to have a hut like Hagrids .. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Har-Har!!!Avatar ImageHarryPotter-Jk.Rowling says: Rowling would do that ! that just made my day (:Avatar ImageStephaniej says: Oh this is fantastic!!!, and how funny, Leaky , you make me laugh!!Avatar ImageAlli says: I'm so glad I took a break from studying to come here and catch up on Leaky posts. This article lifted my spirits and will motivate me to read more about building design in hopes of helping Ms. Rowling in her future architectural endeavors. (No joke I really am reading up on building design...) Avatar ImageElphabaROCKS1 says: Writing inspiration on demand? If only....then she'd publish another book! Hilarious article.Avatar Imagespelljinxcursehexcharm says: I want a hagrid hut in my yard... Avatar ImageImmortal Phoenix says: Lol! Nice one Melissa. Why not build Hagrid's hut though? I'd be tempted if I had the space and the money. :)Avatar Imagejacket says: Ha! Great stuff! Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: Cool! That wold be so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageOh Neville says: I say go for it, Madam Rowling. Just the other day I was reading about "Madam Rosmerta's oak-matured mead" and thinking, "Wow, I could really go for some of that!" :)Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: Oh that was funny.. you've got to love the British press when they get things wrong they do it royally wrong!!! Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Oh, gosh, people are relating her daily life to Harry Potter! But, I'm okay with that cause I think it would be SO cool if she built a Hagrid Hut in her backyard. :DAvatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: yes, yes I agree my own Hagrid's hut would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e, but Jo would never (I think) do something so cheezy and she would never let Harry Potter influence her life so far as to help her with her architecture (I mean think how weird that would be with the kids)! Even if it's similar it's still not the same.Avatar Imagelesleygoat says: Thank you for making my day:)Avatar Imagelesleygoat says: I want Hagrids Hut in my backyard Avatar Imagelesleygoat says: wow this is some funny stuff Avatar Imagelesleygoat says: o man why do people with a lot of money get to do everything haha lolzAvatar Imagemolly43 says: That is so funny Melissa. It helps to log onto Leaky before going to work. It makes the day go by easier to remember things said on the Leaky. Avatar ImagetaystarHP says: Love it. for a brief second I thought it might be true LMAO! :PAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Too Funny!!!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: "(Just in case it needs saying, which we know from experience it does: The above paragraph is a joke and should not be mistaken for anything resembling truth.)" Hehe love a classic Leaky comment!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Ha this would of been great if it was true. Avatar ImageIsabella Cauldwell says: COOLNESS! LOVE YA JO! :)

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