Approved: J.K. Rowling’s Plans to Build Hogwarts Tree Houses for Children

The magic will live on in her garden

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J.K. Rowling is officially the coolest mom ever.

The City of Edinburgh Council just green-lighted the Harry Potter author’s plan to build two 40-ft. tree houses that look like Hogwarts, the wizarding school, in the garden of her 17th-century suburban Edinburgh mansion, the Associated Press reports. Rowling and her husband have three children.

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The Guardian wrote that the tree houses will cost £250,000. (Links to artistic renditions of the dream houses and other documents that were submitted to the municipal government are available here.  See if you can spot where the owls can perch.) According to one plan, the tree house complex for children Kenzie and David will boast cedar-shingle roofs, a secret tunnel, rope bridge, fireman’s pole, basket and pulley, spiral staircase, trap door and rope ladder, double swing set and trampoline deck. Feel like you were deprived as a child yet?

Some neighbors who are members of the Cramond and Barnton community council argued that the structures would obstruct the landscape and nearby conservation area.

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In one letter, Dr. Patricia Eason, secretary of the community council, worried that “the entrance to the conservation area would be marked by this massive and very high tree house development and this would be quite out of character with the conservation area, and unacceptable.”

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Head of Planning & Building Standards John Bury ultimately ruled that the tree houses “will not adversely impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area.”

Now that Rowling has received the Muggles’ approval, the magic can begin.

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