Friday is Diagon Alley’s last day

That’s right, after many thousands of visitors over its nearly three-month run, the Diagon Alley Project in Ballard is coming to an end. It’s last day is tomorrow, January 19th.

“My family needs their privacy back at some point,” creator Jon Chambers said last month when he announced the closure date. (And neighbors will probably be happy to get their street back from all the Harry Potter fans searching for parking.)

Since Chambers donated Diagon Alley to Camp Korey in Mount Vernon, it’s not going away forever. Once its shipped, Chambers says “stay tuned” for information about public events the camp will hold at the new-and-improved alley.

In the meantime, Chambers plans to donate the Leaky Cauldron along with Gringott’s Bank at the Whittier Elementary PTA auction this April. And he’s exploring a brand new project in a undisclosed location in Snoqualmie Valley: building the Burrow, the magical family home of the Weasley family. That is, if he can get the permits.

We’ll wait until after the final day before we publish the tally of how much money the Diagon Alley Project has raised to help fight pancreatic cancer.

Diagon Alley is located at 7514 13th Ave NW.

If he can get the permits, here’s Diagon Alley creator’s next project

With the Diagon Alley Project shutting down on January 20th, creator Jon Chambers needed some peace and quiet at home — and a new challenge.

For those Harry Potter fans out there, you’ll recognize the Burrow, the magical family home of the Weasley family (above). Along with the Edith Macefield-inspired “Up” house, the Burrow is one of the most iconic movie homes of all time.

“I can’t share a whole lot just yet,” Chambers told My Ballard. “I can say we are in the early planning phase for building a life-size replica of the Burrow in the Snoqualmie Valley on a non-profit farm that centers around agricultural conservation and education.”

And here’s the sketch he shared on Instagram over the weekend:

Whoa, that does look like a challenge.

You see, the Weasley home is held up by magic, but to build a real home, you’ll need… permits.

“That’s going to be a major hurdle,” he admits. “With all the planning and approvals we have to go through, construction won’t start until 2019, if approved.”

The Burrow Project, if it becomes a reality, would dwarf Chambers’ driveway-sized Diagon Alley Project. As he told us, “Stay tuned.”

Diagon Alley to close on January 20th

Ballard’s most popular holiday attraction will stay open after the New Year — but not for long. The Diagon Alley Project will be closed on January 20th, capping an adventure that began on Halloween and attracted thousands of people and the national media to Jon Chambers’ driveway.

“My family needs their privacy back at some point,” Chambers said on Instagram with a smiley face. “Like a Phoenix, it will live again at Camp Korey in Mt. Vernon, bigger and better.”

Chambers donated Daigon Alley to Camp Korey, which offers children and families an escape from medical treatments.

“This exciting new program area is the perfect space for campers of all ages to play and explore,” explains a blog post on Camp Korey’s website. “We are so excited, and grateful, to Jon for making this magical experience possible for our families.”

In the meantime, Chambers is still working on the Leaky Cauldron. This coming April, he plans to donate the Cauldron along with Gringott’s Bank at the Whittier Elementary PTA auction. Since opening on Halloween, the Diagon Alley Project has raised $33,000 to help fight pancreatic cancer.

As for what’s next, Chambers told Seattle Magazine back in November that Star Wars may be his next project. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Thousands visit a very festive Diagon Alley

(Photo from Jon Chambers)

An estimated 5,000 people flocked to Ballard resident Jon Chambers’ house this last weekend for the Dumbledore Santa’s much-anticipated visit at Diagon Alley.

“(It) was a huge success!” Chambers writes on the Diagon Alley Project blog. “We raised $7,300 for Pancreatic Cancer Research, bringing our total since we opened on Halloween to $16,300.”

Long lines wrapped around the block for a turn at touring Chambers’ driveway (just look at this time-lapse video) which has been converted into holiday version of Diagon Alley, complete with character actors, fake snow and more than 60 volunteers.

TV stations KING TV and Q13 covered the event (here are both videos.)

(Photo from Doree)

Even though Dumbledore Santa and the other actors have left, Diagon Alley is still open through the end of year. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. The address is 7514 13th Ave NW.

See more photos from Chambers’ Instagram and Facebook accounts.