JK Rowling Wins Right to Build 40-ft. Tree Houses in Garden

JK Rowling (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has won the right to build 40-feet tall tree houses, complete with “secret tunnels, a rope bridge and turreted roofs,” in her garden on her property in Edinburgh, The Daily Telegraph reports. The £250,000 construction project would be a Hogwarts-inspired playground for Rowling’s two children and also feature a trap door, a spiral staircase, and a fireman’s pole. (My little first grader within is insanely jealous right now.) However, several residents lodged complaints with Edinburgh’s city council, fearing that the towering structures would become a neighborhood eyesore and block the view of a conservation area. The objections failed to persuade the planning officials, who approved Rowling’s application.

Here’s a rendering of how the tree houses might look:

So JK Rowling: most awesome mom ever?

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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