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Howl's Moving Castle

6 Fictional Homes I Long to Live In

I moved to New York from Dublin in June and since then, I’ve been thinking a lot of all the other places I’d like to live. No disrespect to NYC, but moving here has made me realize how many other places I also want to spend time in. So here are some fictional houses I’d love to chill in for a while. Take me in, Mrs. Weasley! 

 

1. The Burrow- The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

 

The Burrow

The Burrow | Via Wattpad

 

Located on the outskirts of Ottery St. Catchpole, the Weasley family home is without a doubt the coziest spot in the entire Harry Potter series. It’s a ramshackle, tumble-down affair held together by magic, and at one stage was the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.

 

Weirdly in the Chamber of Secrets film, when Harry first arrives at The Burrow after being rescued by Ron, Fred, and George in the flying car, he is looking around in awe, and for some reason the Weasleys are also looking around in awe, as if it is the first time they’ve seen it. Maybe seeing their home through the eyes of a neglected orphan gave them an instant appreciation for what they have. And what they have is the most appealing family home ever, full of enchanted household appliances working away on their own, and a clock that shows the whereabouts of the family members.

 

Harry visits The Burrow

Members of the Weasley family see their home in a new light | Via Fanpop

 

2. Howl’s Moving Castle- Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones

 

Howl's Castle

The Castle | Image Via Imgur

 

In the book, Howl’s Castle is described as big and black, apparently constructed out of lumps of coal, with four turrets and four doors, three of which are invisible. So, it sounds a little bit like a bold-yet-innovative child saved up the coal they received each Christmas from Santa Claus for being bad, and with it built a renegade residence in which they could ride around and commit more bad deeds. Pretty cool, right? Out of each of the windows is a different view, and each of the doors opens to a different place. Clearly the bold child is also quite a powerful wizard.

 

In the Hayao Miyazaki adaptation, the castle is a little friendlier in appearance. It is so intricate and a true feat of animation, resembling an enormous, ambling creature. Also, Howl’s bedroom is the most extra place of all time, look at all dem gems. I wanna hang out there. 

 

Howl's Bedroom

Lit | Image Via Pinterest

 

3. Bilbo’s House- The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein

 

Bilbo's house

Image Via Giphy

 

Even those among us over five feet tall (I’m a towering 5’3″ so I think I speak for all of us) long to dwell in the peaceful surroundings of Hobbiton, more specifically Bilbo Baggins’ lovely little house. With circular doorways, charming wooden interior, and a lovely writing station for writing about your extensive adventures throughout Middle Earth, it’s the perfect hideaway for a peace-loving Hobbit-sized bookworm. For the Gandalf-sized bookworms among you, though, you may need to make some renovations. 

 

Ample space for visitors

Also, there is ample space for guests | Via Tumblr

 

4. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

 

Willy Wonka's Factory

Image Via Giphy

 

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory is a little bit creepy, there’s no denying it. The Oompa Loompas are omnipresent and Mr. Wonka himself is on the strange side. Also, if you have any serious personality flaws, one of many unpleasant fates is sure to befall you. However, if you’re perfect like me, it would be a lovely place to lie around and drink chocolate and lick flavored wallpaper and drink fizzy lifting drink and, pretty much, just chill.

 

Willy Wonka

Me, rightfully enjoying myself. | Via Giphy

 

5. Simon’s Cave- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

 

Simon

Simon being hospitable | Image Via The Marlow Bookshelf

 

So, I take any and all opportunities to talk at length about Joan Aiken’s masterpiece The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and its many, many marvelous sequels and I’m going to indulge myself again by talking about dreamy beekeeper and gooseboy Simon’s lovely cave in the forest. Oh Simon, we could have lived there together while you painted lovely pictures. If only Lord Willoughby hadn’t funded you to go off to study art in Battersea. It sounds so cozy and peaceful. What more could one want than bees and geese and paint and peace? Sigh. 

 

6. Misselthwaite Manor- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

water lillies

P chill | Via Rebloggy

 

Misselthwaite Manor is the enormous stately home of protagonist Mary Lennox and her uncle and cousin Colin. Of course I would like to dwell there only after Colin has regained the ability to walk and his father has decided to be chill and hug people every once in a while, instead of staring into fires, flanked by large dogs and taking long journeys to stand on cliffs and miss his dead wife. Only after all of that. Once all the unpleasantness of the plot is said and done, and the Secret Garden is open and in full bloom once more, I would like to live there and relax amongst the nice flowers and the large library a house that size most definitely has.

 

water lillies

Nice | Via Pinterest

 

So these are six pretty cool places into which I would not say no to moving. But I suppose New York will do for now. 

 

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