In the magical world of "Harry Potter," the forest was a dark and disturbing place, hence the name "The Forbidden Forest." No kids allowed! But in the almost as magical world of author J.K. Rowling, the forest is something to be celebrated and enjoyed by children, which is just one reason she's filed plans with local authorities to build a pair of gigantic treehouses on her estate so elaborate and fantastic they nearly put Hogwarts to shame.
It's pretty cool what a great imagination and an unlimited amount of money can do.
Rowling, as you may know, currently resides in a palatial 17th Century mansion outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband and three children. One of those kids is all grown up, but the other two, David and Kenzie, are still youngsters. And can you imagine what it must be like to have the woman who created "Harry Potter" as your mom?
Well, now you don't have to imagine, because according to official documents published in The Daily Mail, it's very cool indeed. Rowling, you see, is building each of her kids a huge treehouse that resembles nothing so much as Dumbledore's tower: standing a full 41 feet high, these twin towers are also interconnected with a series of walkways, secret underground tunnels and poles and slides for rapid escape.
And with an estimated cost of around £150,000 (or $233,000), Rowling's new treehouse is just a drop in the bucket for a woman estimated to be worth more than a billion dollars.
"Harry Potter" may be a thing of the past, but Rowling is still creating flights of fancy and making dreams come true for children. She's simply doing it for her own children now. Good job, J.K.!