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Dad Recreates Harry Potter's Cupboard Under the Stairs for Toddlers

And it's all part of a long-term plan to instill a love of reading.
PUBLISHED ON 01/12/2018

His sons may be a little too young to tackle the Harry Potter series on their own, but Peter Fragola is already going above and beyond to encourage the love of reading. Specifically, reading Harry Potter. At ages 3 and (almost!) 1, these kids now have their very own cupboard under the stairs reading nook.

“As an elementary school principal and former teacher I know how important it is for children to have a space of their own to read and do school work, and a space where they feel comfortable,” Fragola writes on his blog, Chronicles of a New Dad. “Clearly I took my inspiration from the famous cupboard where Harry Potter spent most of his childhood.”

The project took him about two weeks, snuck in after his sons, Jackson and Oliver, went to bed. He plastered the walls with pages from The Daily Prophet newspaper (“I used Mod Podge to seal the walls in case sticky little toddler fingers sneak in a snack at some point!”) and created one faux-brick accent wall (“a your-about-to-enter-Diagon-Alley look”).

After laying some carpeting, covering wood with Quidditch sheets and adding a couple of Harry Potter throw pillows, the space was transformed into something magical.

Photo: Chronicles of a New Dad
Photo: Chronicles of a New Dad
Photo: Chronicles of a New Dad
Photo: Chronicles of a New Dad
Photo: Chronicles of a New Dad
PHOTO: Chronicles of a New Dad