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Mum transforms her grubby cupboard under the stairs into an epic Harry Potter-themed movie room


A CRAFTY mum has turned her wasted cupboard under the stairs into an epic Harry Potter-themed movie and chill out room.

Donna Campbell, from Australia, said the room was previously “abandoned” but is “getting good use now” thanks to the magical makeover.

Donna Campbell, from Australia, turned the cupboard under the stairs into an epic Harry Potter-themed movie and chill out room

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Donna Campbell, from Australia, turned the cupboard under the stairs into an epic Harry Potter-themed movie and chill out roomCredit: Supplied
Donna has five kids Zachary, Taylor, Alexander, Harrison and Xavier

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Donna has five kids Zachary, Taylor, Alexander, Harrison and Xavier

The new space was transformed during lockdown as the mum was keen to create an “escape” room for her kids.

Now, it’s being used as a “reading and Netflix space”, and also a “chill-out zone” – and people are obsessed.

The cupboard-turned-movie room has been decorated with Harry Potter merchandise and recurring themes from the whole franchise.

There’s the easily recognisable sorting hat, wizard wands and potion books, as well as popular words and phrases scrawled across the walls.

The spaced is decked out with a TV so the kids can watch Netflix in peace

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The spaced is decked out with a TV so the kids can watch Netflix in peaceCredit: Supplied
There's a comfy bean bag and pillows and is decorated with Harry Potter memorabilia

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There’s a comfy bean bag and pillows and is decorated with Harry Potter memorabiliaCredit: Supplied

Harry’s owl, Hedwig, is also perched in front of a glow-in-the-dark moon and the villain from the third book, Sirius Black, even features in a wanted poster.  

Fans of the franchise were seriously impressed as the mum showed off her handiwork online.

“This is fabulous,” said one woman.

“I am fan-girling, I need this,” said another. 

And a third wrote: “This is awesome, I would never see my child if this was at our place.”

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The stairs and walls are decorated with Harry Potter-themed wallpaper and quotes

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The stairs and walls are decorated with Harry Potter-themed wallpaper and quotesCredit: Supplied
The space was empty before and wasn't being used

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The space was empty before and wasn’t being usedCredit: Facebook
The family has been collecting Harry Potter merchandise for years

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The family has been collecting Harry Potter merchandise for yearsCredit: Supplied
They finally have a room to keep it all together

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They finally have a room to keep it all togetherCredit: Supplied

Many parents said the new space was the perfect area for “little Harry Potter fans”.

As one joked: “I am not letting my ten-year-old see this. She will want to move in with you.”

The mum revealed that she’d picked up most of the bits she needed from her local hardware store and that it was pretty easy to do.

She told Fabulous: “It was actually my two youngest children who came up with the idea. My husband and I have five children and a five month old granddaughter, and they were all at home with us through each of Melbourne’s three lockdowns.”

She added that the youngest two boys share a bedroom, so they wanted an area where they can “take turns and retreat there when they needed some alone time.”

The space is also a great reading room for the kids

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The space is also a great reading room for the kidsCredit: Supplied
The family is seriously impressed with the finished look and love spending time in there

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The family is seriously impressed with the finished look and love spending time in thereCredit: Supplied
Donna said all the kids stayed at home during lockdown so it was a great project to keep them all busy

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Donna said all the kids stayed at home during lockdown so it was a great project to keep them all busy

Luckily, all of her kids are Harry Potter fans, and it was actually their idea to transform the cupboard.

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A lot of the merchandise used had been collected over the years, so “creating a Harry Potter themed under-the-stairs-space just made sense to all of us”.

Donna added: “I’m so happy with it. and I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved with hardly any help from anyone. My daughter’s partner put in the television and carpet for me, but I did everything else myself.”

The kids were pretty chuffed as well – even the grown up ones.

Donna said: “They were so excited when I finished. They have been bringing in their friends and our neighbours to show them, and it’s the first place they go to when they come home from school.

“I found my 16 year old in there late one Saturday night watching Netflix and I also discovered my 26 year old medical student and his 24 year old psychology student girlfriend in there cuddled up under blankets and watching Stan! They all love it!”

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