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Magical English home linked to Shakespeare, Harry Potter movies for sale

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Harry Potter fans will be spellbound to know a significant house from their favourite movie series is up for sale – you can just imagine the queues at the open homes.

While there is enough history attached to the 16th-century house in Lavenham, Suffolk to give it a Grade 1 listing, it’s the more recent history that’s turning heads.

De Vere House is famous for its pivotal role in the Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – it’s where Harry’s parents Lily and James Potter lived, in the fictional village of Godric’s Hollow.

Water Street, Levenham.Water Street, Levenham. Photo: Carter Jonas

The 294 square-metre house, which has been listed for sale by Carter Jonas for £995,000 ($1,642,000), was pictured opposite a graveyard in the movie, with a Christmas tree in the window, the lights on and music playing.

But the house was already famous locally. It is referenced to guide books for its amazing facade, which features exposed timbers, brick nogging in a herringbone design, leaded mullions and ornate carved timbers. The front door, flanked by carved huntsman figures, is another notable feature.

The interior is also from another world, with its Tudor and Medieval elements that include exposed beams, large fireplaces, a stone staircase and vaulted attics.

Water Street, Levenham.Water Street, Levenham. Photo: Carter Jonas

Carter Jonas says the house takes its name from the De Vere family and had previously been known as Oxenford House and Oxford House.

“In Medieval times the De Vere family was the second richest family after the King, and was responsible for creating much of Lavenham’s Medieval grandeur. The family also built Castle Hedingham Castle.”

An ancestor, Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, is widely believed to be the true author of some of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare.

Water Street, Levenham.Water Street, Levenham. Photo: Carter Jonas

The house is believed to have operated as a hunting lodge. Today, it is divided into two tenancies, but there are connecting doors, so it could easily be converted back into a large family home.

And outside, there’s an extensive garden, with chickens.

This story was first published by Stuff.co.nz