A four-year-old father from Utah surprised handicraft fans to make a miniature version of the entire Harry Potter world in his living room.
Tony Rigby, 47, DailyMailTV tells that this hobby started last year when he saw a character in his Christmas village arrangement that looked exactly like the gigantic Hagrid from the movies.
He used some clay to transform the figure – and before he knew it, he had completely recreated the giant's hut from cardboard boxes, quick-drying clay and paint – all in amazing detail.
Tony is talented and completely self-taught and has made the Knight Bus, the Whomping Willow, Gringott & # 39; s Bank, a small Quidditch pitch and is halfway between Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
& # 39; I'm joking that it's a bit of a midlife crisis for me. Some people buy a Corvette – and some people just make a Harry Potter world in their living room. I'm the last one, & he says.
Tony Rigby, from Bluffdale, Utah, has made a scale version of Harry Potter world in his family's living room last year
He tells DailyMailTV that he has finished Hogwarts halfway through, but still needs to add some railings and battery-powered flashlights to the Great Hall base to bring the figure to life
The married father of four has made the Knight Bus, the Whomping Willow, Gringott & Bank, a small Quidditch pitch and his most complicated work – Diagon Alley (photo)
The Burrow – the derelict house of the Weasley & # 39; s (photo) – took him a few months, and then he started working on Hogsmeade Village, including all the shops and houses
He says it all started when he saw a character in his Christmas village arrangement that looked exactly like the gigantic Hagrid from the film. He was inspired to make the giant and his hut
Tony is married to Sanetta, 43, and has daughters Aysha, 18, Alexis, 16 and London, 11, as well as son Boston, 13
Tony, a married business consultant, has been working on the project for more than a year and has created the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade train station.
He also created Diagon Alley – the cobblestone shopping street with sorcery – and Hogsmeade Village, complete with the student's favorite stores.
The Burrow – the run-down home of the Weasley's – took him a few months to complete with intricate details.
Almost all his creations are on a 1/87 scale and contain miniature figures such as Buckbeak, Dobby and Hagrid.
Tony joked that this hobby is his version of a & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39; is and expects that his creation will take another year or so to complete.
He says he hopes to add Dursley & # 39; s house and Platform 9 3/4 and eventually show it somewhere where it can bring joy – such as a hospital or retirement home.
Tony, from Bluffdale, Utah, says: & it's a bit of a midlife crisis. Only then can I get permission to take over the house.
& # 39; I think it was one of those things that I had to do. I have a wonderful family. I was looking for a different degree of fullness in life. That doesn't mean I don't get that from my family because I do it, but this is something creative and I was looking for a creative outlet to increase my enjoyment of life. & # 39;
Tony says he's not so excited about life & # 39; was when he started the hobby.
& # 39; Everyone has good and bad days. I wouldn't say I was depressed, but I didn't find as much satisfaction in life as I wanted & he said. & # 39; Fortunately I have a very patient and tolerant woman who lets me do this. & # 39;
Tony uses clay, cardboard boxes and paint to make his creations, including this Dementor floating for the almost completed Hogwarts
Harry and Hagrid are depicted in Daigon Alley in his recreation. Tony often uses a ready-made figure for the characters – such as a Christmas decoration – which he adjusts with clay and paint and cuts to size
The blue car stuck in the Whomping Willow tree came from the second part of JK Rowling & # 39; s books The Chamber of Secrets, which was depicted in the film of the same name
Tony joked that this hobby is his version of a & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39; is and expects the creation to take another year or so to complete
Tony, who had previously created a Christmas village for his family, started the project last September.
& # 39; I did Hagrid's cabin – 2ft by 2ft – and I thought & # 39; & # 39; wow I could extend this & # 39; & # 39; so I did the Forbidden Forest, & # 39; he says.
He says he immediately & # 39; addicted & # 39; and & # 39; knew I had to do the whole world. & # 39;
But his wife was not on board initially.
& # 39; My wife was a little scared. She could see how much space it would take. Then I told her that I thought Hogwarts could be 6 ft wide. Then she became really nervous. & # 39;
He needed more space for his creation, so he sold the sofa in the family's living room to make more space – and took over a bedroom to create and save his magical world.
& # 39; I am spreading it over months because I have a real job and clearly spend free time with family. But this sort of thing has been the focus of my free time, "he says.
He first spent two weeks making Hagrid & # 39; s Hut before embarking on a project to create the adjacent forbidden forest. He then turned his attention to Hogsmeade train station and then to Diagon Alley, which took him three months.
The Burrow – the run-down house of the Weasley & # 39; s – took him a few months, and then he started working on Hogsmeade Village, including all the shops and houses.
And throughout the project he worked on the pièce de résistance – Hogwarts, the school for witchcraft and sorcery.
Utah's father has created some of the most iconic characters, including Harry, Hermione, Ron (depicted on a hill), Hagrid, three of the Weasleys, and Dobby
Tony has recreated the iconic Hogsmeade Train Station from the books and film where students board the Hogwarts Express to go to the school for witchcraft and sorcery
Tony revealed that he has always had a love for Harry Potter because it raises his mind and he has now found love to do this. Depicted is the hill and Whomping Willow from the movies
Rigby has simulated the Forbidden Forrest and its creatures, including this giant spider, with intricate details
Tony says his favorite area to make was Diagon Alley because it took so much effort. & # 39; With great effort usually comes a big reward & # 39 ;, he says
For the characters he often uses a ready-made figure – such as a Christmas decoration – which he adjusts with clay and paint and cuts to size.
Some buildings are made with cardboard skeletons and he uses air-dry clay to add stone and brick, with balsa wood for the window frames and wooden elements.
Many of the materials are recycled every day, but others are sourced from local hobby stores.
But for the first time he uses 3D printing to make the rough unfinished larger pieces of the castle which he then renovates and adds.
& # 39; The rest is all over again, but Hogwarts is so complicated and complicated, I did that with a friend who helped me with the 3D printer & he said. & # 39; I have the Great Hall and I'm done with the big tower.
& # 39; For the Great Hall, for example, you can see the trusses with the small gargoyles. I have made windows that look like etched glass and are illuminated. & # 39;
He says he uses small battery lights that flicker like a flashlight.
Some buildings are made with cardboard skeletons and he uses air-dry clay to add stone and brick, with balsa wood for the window frames and wooden elements
He hopes to eventually show his work in a children's hospital or assisted living home, which has given him the enthusiasm to really finish it, he says
Tony revealed that he had always loved Harry Potter because it pleased him.
& # 39; I always enjoyed it. I love the books and the movies. I've always been artistic. I noticed that I like doing this & # 39 ;, he says.
He has yet to complete the rest of the world – including Kings Cross platform 9 3/4 and the rest of Hogwarts. He says he will probably also make locations such as the home of Harry & aunt and uncle and of course all the main characters.
& # 39; I have done all the main characters – Harry, Ron and Hermione – three of the Weasleys, Little Dobby, & # 39; he adds.
Tony says his favorite area to make was Diagon Alley because it took the most effort. & # 39; I am going back and reading the books looking for small details to add. & # 39;
The family is planning to move next year, and Tony has settled on a new home with a huge basement for his creation.
He says he thinks it will take another year or two to finish, but admits that he may never be finished – and may continue to add more and more parts of the Harry Potter world.
& # 39; Now I have the idea that it helps a children's hospital or an assisted living home, that has given me a new enthusiasm to really finish it & # 39 ;, he says.
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