Family Transforms Home Into Harry Potter's Diagon Alley for Halloween

Emily Reily 1 Nov 2018

Neighbors and family of the Pace family in Austin rallied together to create their own version of Diagon Alley for Halloween. The set is based on the hugely popular Harry Potter series of books and movies.

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The family, from South Austin, Texas, have been at work on their creation since June, hoping for a Halloween unveiling. It's based on the Harry Potter shopping area where Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors would get their Hogwarts school supplies.

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This Diagon Alley was made with love

The story has a tender side to it, as husband Joel Pace's wife, Amanda, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. When Halloween rolled around, Pace's wife said there wouldn't be too much decorating this year. But Joel said he'd take care of everything, according to Buzzfeed.

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Small touches of London were everywhere

The Pace family Diagon Alley includes a Quidditch supply store, an ice cream parlor, a Hogwarts Express and even a London telephone box. A group of Austin theatre students also helped out with decorations and graphics, according to KXAN.

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Gringott's Bank was open for business

This Diagon Alley even has a Gringott's Bank with a special smoke-breathing dragon on top. The bank and other parts were built using thick foam board and cardboard. It did rain at times during the set's construction, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits. "And it made her happy, made me happy," Joel Pace said.

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Positivity abounded

Positive messages were also written on a blackboard at Diagon Alley. Among the words of encouragement: "The creative adult is the child that survived" and "Be the good in the world."

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Everyone got in on the act to support the Paces

Friends and family posed in costume outside the Flourish and Blotts bookshop. Crowds lined up to see Diagon Alley as well as Hagrid's Hut, built by neighbors of the family.

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A little bit of magic and a lot of ingenuity

Besides helping create graphics, the theatre students also planned to dress up as wizards and witches who would roam Diagon Alley looking for new recruits.

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Good for the soul

One person who helped with the festivities, Dana Chang, says the experience made her feel better about her own troubles. "As Amanda had a rough year last year, I had a rough year this year. So doing this work just kind of makes your soul feel better," Chang told KXAN.

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