Behind the scenes: The Burrow

If Harry ever felt at home anywhere other than Hogwarts, it would have to have been amidst the cosy chaos of the Weasley’s family home.

The outside of the Burrow from the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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

Harry Potter’s first visit to The Burrow, the home of the Weasley family, occurs in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Regardless of the seemingly haphazard construction of The Burrow, Stuart Craig insists there is a logic and level of reality to it. ‘The books mention a pigsty there, so I attached a pigsty to a very simple square, single-story dwelling that could have been a Tudor structure; this was the foundation for the whole thing.’

Craig maintains the assumption that from there on Arthur Weasley continued to build the house vertically, instead of laterally, and because his interest is in Muggle things, he would have built it out of architectural salvage. ‘Muggle salvage, really. So it is a mad wizarding home, but built out of very real, recognisable materials, readily available. His roof structure is made of salvaged timber, and it’s clad with slates and tiles and wooden shingles, anything he could acquire. An amazing chimney grows through the core of it, and then all the extended rooms cling onto that, making it a sort of vertical pile.’

He felt that the best place to site a vertical structure was in at terrain. ‘We visited this beautiful marshland just inshore from Chesil Beach in Dorset, and imagined our structure in that place. As the only vertical thing in the frame, it created an interesting visual.’ Placing The Burrow in a marsh also gave it a remoteness that Craig thought was important to keep it invisible to the Muggle world.

The Burrow
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Harry Potter: Magical Places book cover

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‘Harry Potter: Magical Places from the films'