If you're a mega-fan of 'Harry Potter,' you might've heard about this Diagon Alley that was recreated on a driveway in Seattle, Washington.
Jonathan Chambers planned to build the wizard's market as a ploy to bring more trick-or-treaters to the neighborhood on Halloween, but soon the project took on a life of its own, with an outpouring of support from the community.
The project took 17 days to complete with the help of about 50 volunteers. Many people came to offer their time and craftsmanship - everything from making the metal brackets for all the signs, to providing lumber.
"We’ve had a lot of help, this was truly a community project."
The Diagon Alley project has also been raising funds for pancreatic cancer research and has raised over $18,000 (and still counting) since October. "I knew I wanted to put out a donation bucket and raise money for a cause that hit home for us," Chambers said.
Seattle-area entrepreneur, musician and father Matt Bencke died of pancreatic cancer in October, and community members rallied around his death, raising funds to research early detection of the disease. The Chambers have been working with the group PurpleStride to contribute to that effort.
Since opening Diagon Alley in October, there have been thousands of visitors, including three proposals and one girl who even fainted at the sight of Diagon Alley.
There's even handmade dragons created by a paper mache artist from California who specifically created them for the project and personally delivered.
"This truly was a great community project, there were a lot of people involved and it was really magical for them. The worldwide response has been amazing."
Diagon Alley will still be up until the end of January and then it will be donated to Camp Korey, an organization that provides a free camp for children with serious illnesses. You can learn more about the Diagon Alley Project here.
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