The Lovegood household is as wonderfully quirky as its residents. So how tough was it to emulate the idiosyncracies of Xenophilius and Luna’s home from book to film?

A sketch of the Lovegood's house.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Extracted from Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films by Jody Revenson

The Lovegood house, where Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger learn the story of the Deathly Hallows, is where Luna Lovegood’s father, Xenophilius, publishes The Quibbler, a quirky tabloid newspaper that serves as an alternative to the government-dictated Daily Prophet. Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood, describes the house as ‘the perfect sort of place where all those crazy stories would be printed’.

Xenophilius Lovegood standing in the Lovegood House, where The Quibbler is printed
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

‘J.K. Rowling depicts it as a black tower, looking like a giant rook, the castle piece in a chess game,’ explains Stuart Craig. ‘So there was no room for variance, but as I always try to make a good sculptural shape, the house isn’t just a cylinder. It’s a cylinder with a very deliberate lean and a very deliberate taper.’ Inside, the furniture literally takes shape around the circular design. The kitchen appliances, dressers, desks, and bookcases curve flush with the walls, which are covered in paintings inspired by Evanna Lynch’s own drawings of magical beasts. ‘Evanna has a very artistic eye,’ says Stephenie McMillan, ‘and came up with some great ideas. The end result is wonderfully eclectic, but homey.’

Harry Potter: Magical Places book cover

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