World’s Best Mom Transforms Cupboard Under Her Staircase into a Magical Harry Potter Room (PHOTOS)

12/29/2015 at 04:19 PM ET

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While moving into her new home in June, librarian and mother-of-two Courtney Bonnet wasn’t sure what to do with a dark, empty storage space under the stairs, until it occurred to her: Why not reimagine Harry Potter‘s cupboard bedroom from 4 Privet Drive?

“I first noticed it when we came to an open house last year, but I wasn’t crazy about the rest of the house,” Bonnet, a huge fan of the series, told BuzzFeed of first seeing the space. “Our realtor brought us back again because my husband loved the house. He convinced me but only after agreeing I could turn the space into a Harry Potter–themed room.”

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To revamp the room, which took eight days, Bonnet used pages from the first book as wallpaper, and stuffed the space with cute HP-themed paraphernalia.

“I just love Harry Potter and books and reading,” she said. “I am pretty crafty and handy around the house so I figured why not? What kid wouldn’t want their own secret room?”

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Predictably, her two sons are already obsessed.

“They play hide-and-seek and their friends love to check it out when they come over,” she said. “I want my kids to enjoy books and reading and see what an impact books can have on a person’s life. This series really changed my life.”

Boy wizard fans: The bar has been raised.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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wil on

Very cool!

Sarah on

Idea: obvious. Execution: poor.

mandy520 on

Couldn’t she at least cut the wallpaper to fit? Looks sloppy and lazy to me. Not impressed.

Guest on

I love it!! Lucky kids to have such a fun, creative mom!!!

Anonymous on

What a brilliant idea! Any kid would love that.

Anonymous on

I wish I had this space… kids would love to “hide out” like this!

goodie on

My kids would love a space like this…..good going mom!

Anonymous on

Her heart was in the right place, but it looks far more intriguing on the outside than it does on the inside.

Francine on

Very creative! Great idea, well done! Looks good!

Charlotte on

Really cool! I would love a cupboard under the stairs! The wallpaper was pages from the book, I assume she wanted to keep them intact Mandy520. It also made a cool design on the ceiling… Use your imagination a little.. Not everything has to be clean and perfect…. Harry’s cupboard was dark and dreary and very dusty…

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