Mum gives son’s bedroom a Harry Potter makeover with Platform 9 3/4 feature wall

Despite the last book being published 13 years ago, kids are still falling in love with Harry Potter.

The magical adventures in the Wizarding World have gripped children worldwide.

So, it’s not unexpected that some mega fans would prefer their bedroom to be inspired by their favourite stories.

Unfortunately, official Harry Potter merch can come at a steep price.

So to cut costs, a mum used DIY and creativity to create a film-worthy room on a budget.

Marianne Bridge, 39, a mum of two and inventory clerk from Southampton, wanted to create the bedroom of her son’s dreams.

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Her son, Connor, eight, wanted his room to be Potter themed and so she got busy.

The bedroom has a Platform 9 and 3/4 feature wall, a wall-mounted broomstick and Patronus spell decor.

Plus, lots of Potterhead accessories and old-fashioned trunks.

It looks pretty impressive!

Marianne told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I have loved Harry Potter for a very long time and my son has over the last year or so has grown to love it too as he got to the right age for me to start reading the books to him.

"He decided quite quickly that he would like a Harry Potter bedroom so I started planning quite early for that."

There is a lovely chimney breast in the bedroom that just screamed Platform 9 3/4, so we sourced some brick wallpaper from B&Q and paid just £30 for the amount needed with some left over.

“The sign that is on that wall was from eBay for £9.99.”

Marianne painted the ceiling white and then the walls in a neutral tone to flatter the wallpaper.

Her husband made the desk from scaffold boards which they bought from a reclamation yard and legs from eBay.

The mum added: “The furniture and bed match really well but were from two different sources: the bed was from Amazon for £64.99 and the furniture was from Studio and cost £224.99 for the wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table.

“We kept the carpet the same so I got a carpet runner from Shein for £7.99 and I had bought a door mat from ALDI ages ago for around £3.99 and wanted to fit that in somehow."

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She continued: “The black stag picture was from IKEA for £20 and represents Harry's Patronus. It was chosen by my son.”

They found the broomstick from Facebook Marketplace for just £3.

And, the sorting hat Connor bought himself from Amazon.

Marianne said: “The other two pictures I created myself from wallpaper samples from B&Q and a clip frame and canvas.

“The chest which is used for storage I picked up from someone on Facebook Marketplace for £20. I wanted it to represent Harry's trunk that he takes to Hogwarts with him.

“The bed set and cushions are from Primark, and the black noticeboard is another IKEA purchase.”

In total, the family spent around £500 on the room – and they’re thrilled with the results.

Marianne added: "My main tips would be to think about your project in advance: planning it ahead can really help to spread the costs.

“Also, don't be afraid to reuse things you might have around: we reused an old lamp as it was the right style, and visit free sites or Facebook Marketplace.”

She continued: "We both absolutely love the room. I am so pleased that we were able to give him the room we promised him and that the vision worked out.”

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