Man Transforms House into Halloween Harry Potter Wonderland, Goes Viral

And all to make his wife smile!

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Every so often, a story will go viral about a teacher who turned his classroom into Hogwarts or a mom who threw a Harry Potter-themed birthday party. But one man in Austin, Texas, went above and beyond just hanging up some broomsticks and blowing up a few Hedwig balloons to turn his entire front yard into Diagon Alley for Halloween. 

Joel Pace has been working tirelessly since June to create life-size, foam-board versions of some of the storefronts that line the enchanted street.

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iagon Alley Austin Halloween House/Facebook

They include Ollivander's Wand Shop and the Quidditch Supply Store.

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Diagon Alley Austin House/Facebook

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor.

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Diagon Alley Austin Halloween House/Facebook

Wheasley's Wizard Wheezes.

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Diagon Alley Austin Halloween House/Facebook

Gringott's Bank.

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Diagon Alley Austin House/Facebook

Letters from Hogwarts spewing out of a fireplace (which technically happened at the Dursely house, but we'll let is slide because how cool is this?).

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Diagon Alley Austin Halloween House/Facebook

The Weasley car stuck in a tree.

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Diagon Alley Austin House/Facebook

And many other mind-blowing details, including a a scale model of the Hogwarts Express outfitted with a fog machine and a blow-up of Aunt Marge when she floats away.

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Diagon Alley Austin House/Facebook

The reason Joel decided to undertake such an enormous project in the first place is extremely touching. Last year, his wife, Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"She had several surgeries and complications," Joel told Buzzfeed. "With Halloween approaching, she mentioned we probably wouldn't do much decorating. I told her that I would handle it all—I'd even build the flying blue car. She smiled, and that's how it all began. With every new prop I would build, she would smile. In a way, working in this project was healing for all of us."

As Albus Dumbledore once said, "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." And for more ways J.K. Rowling's masterpiece remains alive and well, check out this viral, Harry Potter-themed proposal that is making everyone happy cry.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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