Diagon Alley keeps growing, new project coming next Halloween


Photo from DiagonAlleyProject.com

The Halloween replica of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter has attracted thousands of people to his Ballard home and news coverage from around the world. But Jon Chambers isn’t done yet.

He’s hard at work on a two-story children’s playhouse in the likeness of Gringotts bank — complete with the dragon on top. And he’s issued a casting call for witches, wizards and other Harry Potter characters for a “magical weekend event” with Dumbledore Santa on Dec. 2-3.

And Chambers is already thinking about next year. A possible theme? Star Wars, according to a conversation he had with Seattle Magazine. He may need a bigger driveway.

In the meantime, Diagon Alley will remain open until the first of the year, and so far it’s generated more than $4,000 in donations for pancreatic cancer research. Chambers also plans to auction off the Gringotts bank play structure at Whittier Elementary PTA’s auction in April. (He’s raising money for materials here.)

If you’d like to visit, Diagon Alley is open from 3-7 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on the weekends. It’s located at 7514 13th Ave NW.

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