If you went trick-or-treating in South Austin last year, you may have visited the home of Joel Pace. Don't recognize the name? You'll definitely remember the house - it was the one decked out in Harry Potter-themed decorations.
This year, Pace wanted to take it to the next level - he's building an entire Diagon Alley at his house. According to KXAN, last year's project began because Pace's wife, Amanda, was recovering from breast cancer and the family wanted a fun creative outlet. But this year, Pace said, the project was inspired partly by their son, who is involved in theater programs in Austin.
The Paces started documenting their progress in June on Facebook, including print-outs of The Daily Prophet, a homemade Hogwarts Express and various storefronts like Ollivander's, Gringotts and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. They even got the whole neighborhood involved, sharing volunteers and progress updates on Facebook.
See more photos of South Austin's very own Diagon Alley
And yes, you can visit Diagon Alley yourself. The Paces posted on Facebook they were hesitant to share their address, but "you seriously will not be able to miss us" if you visit the Vintage Place subdivision in Circle C Ranch. The Diagon Alley Austin Halloween House is free to visit starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween night.
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