Harry Potter superfan Liam Payne magics up replica of Hagrid’s hut in his back garden
NOWADAYS, being a Harry Potter superfan takes more effort than drawing a felt tip lightning bolt on your forehead and learning how to pronounce Wingardium Leviosa correctly.
Just ask self-confessed Potter geek Liam Payne, whose passion for the wizarding world has seen him turn his back garden into a mini-Hogwarts.
The former One Direction star has built a massive replica of Hagrid’s Hut at the home he shares with his (very understanding) fiancée Maya Henry.
Liam showed off his magical mancave — which certainly seemed large enough to accommodate Robbie Coltrane’s gentle giant — to gobsmacked Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton.
Tom appeared to have heard rumours of Liam’s secret Hagrid Hut.
But the actor demanded proof when they united for a live broadcast on TikTok on Sunday — as the singer had downplayed his love of Harry Potter when they first met.
Tom said: “I didn’t believe it, mate, ’cos you played it very cool,” before exclaiming “Good Lord” as Liam showed him a picture of the building.
The duo teamed up ahead of Liam’s spooky livestreamed gig on Halloween, which will also see Tom perform some of his own music.
Liam admitted constructing the replica was a “crazy” move — especially after splashing out on another extravagant piece of Potter memorabilia.
He revealed in 2015 that his garden is also home to the blue flying Ford Anglia that Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint pilot in the 2002 movie Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets.
And he celebrated his 22nd birthday with a Harry Potter-themed birthday cake featuring a snitch and a magic wand on top of edible spellbooks.
The singer also claims to have been made a member of Gryffindor — the same Hogwarts house as the boy wizard himself — by the Sorting Hat on the Pottermore website.
Liam appears to have taken inspiration from Potter mastermind JK Rowling, who in 2014 was granted permission to build her own Hagrid’s Hut on the edge of her Scottish estate.
Now all he needs is a slobbering boarhound, a baby dragon and Hippogriff stables to complete the look.
Jen has bags of appeal
Pop legend Jennifer Lopez barely looks any different from 18 years ago when she was Jenny From The Block and she still feels the same way as well.
J-Lo says she is always driven by the desire to be a “Manhattan girl”, after being brought up in a poorer area of New York, The Bronx.
That said, she’s now worth £310m and has designed a new handbag for Coach which is selling for £495 – mere pocket change for her these days.
She said: “That downtown sensibility is very much a part of my aesthetic and style, and how I aspire to be.”
WHAT is black and white and red hot all over?
Swedish singer Zara Larsson in this stripy dress.
Little mince Mix-up
Little Mix have revealed they almost split up nine years ago while on The X Factor in a row over lasagne.
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirwall and Jesy Nelson were forced to live with all of the 2011 series contestants, which ended in disaster when someone ate Jade’s dinner.
Asked what advice they have given to hopefuls on their BBC One show The Search, Leigh-Anne said: “Do not steal each other’s food.
“When we were in the house, there was a lasagne thief and they stole Jade’s lasagne and it was this massive thing.”
Joking it almost tore them apart, Jade added: “Ended by lasagne.”
Lewis Capaldi will perform a livestreamed gig for Amazon’s Prime Day Live from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, to help the Music Venue Trust raise funds for under-threat venues.
Fans can watch through twitch.tv.
Ashley looks traffic
There was no missing Ashley Roberts after she appeared to take fashion inspo from a traffic light today although her ex-boyfriend Giovanni Pernice would probably have done a swift U-turn had he seen her first in the street.
The Pussycat Dolls star split from the Strictly dancer in January after more than a year together – and he announced the news in a tweet.
But Ashley has admitted she was against the idea of making such a big deal of it.
Asked about the most brutal split she’s had, Ashley said: “I did have an ex, when we did break up, that was kind of in the public eye, that really was adamant about telling the public about our break-up.
“I guess I like to keep things a bit more private.”
No Holden back
Demand for Amanda Holden’s debut album has gone through the roof after Saturday’s incredible performance on Britain’s Got Talent.
The telly judge wowed viewers by singing Not While I’m Around and Amazon has had to request a further 5,000 copies of her album Songs From My Heart to meet demand.
The collection of cover versions has shot to No1 on the iTunes chart and is set to hit the official charts Top Ten this Friday.
Robbie Williams narrowly avoided death when he fell into a manhole at the height of his Take That fame.
He told That Gaby Roslin Podcast: “There were roadworks and nobody had put the warning things around it. I was running and then all of a sudden found myself underground.”
Mariah Carey is embracing her reputation as a diva, saying she’s allowed to be after “working my ass off my entire life”.
She said: “I don’t give a s**t. I f***ing am high-maintenance because I deserve to be. That may sound arrogant, but I hope you frame it within the context of coming from nothing.”
Madonna once refused to work with David Guetta because of his star sign. The French DJ said she had asked him to produce her next album in 2011, but recalled: “She asks me for my astrological sign. I answer her Scorpio.
“She makes a face and she says to me, ‘I’m sorry, we’re not going to be able to work together’.”
Joss Stone is pregnant with her first child with her boyfriend, American musician Cody.
Speaking on her A Cuppa Happy podcast, the singer announced: “I am week 17 and I just stopped being really sick all the time. I’m feeling OK. Isn’t it mad when you’ve got someone growing inside of you? Jeez.”
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