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Just outside the small village of Ottery St Catchpole, in an unnamed location in England is a lopsided sign, denoting ‘The Burrow’ the home of the Weasleys, a crooked house with at least four chimneys atop the red roof.

For those uninitiated into Harry Potter’s magical world created by J.K. Rowling, it is the magical home of Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasly, and has been depicted in the recent film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

The house is a magical marvel. The driveway leads straight to a tumbledown garage where Mr Weasley’s flying car used to be housed, before Harry and Ron used it without permission. The adjacent yard is home to several chickens along with a tiny cupboard which houses flying broomsticks.

Neatness and order are non-existent, as a jumble of boots and cauldrons pepper the entrance. The mantelpiece, in the drawing room, is stacked with spell books, a mirror over it that may give out grooming instructions and a flowerpot containing ‘floo powder’ used to transport the user from place to place via the fireplace.

Most of the rooms contain a similar plan of a small window looking into the yard with a desk in front of it. Ron’s room features bright orange poster wall papers depicting his favourite Quidditch team, the Chudley Cannons.

A ghoul in the attic above likes to keep the place alive by dropping pipes and howling if it gets too quiet.

The garden outside is the biggest oddity, occupied by garden gnomes. These are a short squat and ugly lot with feet that have horns and leathery skin with potato like faces. They live in gnome holes, are regarded as pests and gardens have to be de-gnomed frequently.

– Kiran Bashir Ahmed

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 23, 2009.

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