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In the summer of 2017 I was having a conversation with my girls, Haley and Avery, about doing something fun for Halloween this year. In their minds there was only one choice, a Harry Potter theme. My youngest daughter Avery said “Diagon Alley” emphatically. I said “Ok”. The girls rushed outside, grabbed their sidewalk chalk and drew out plans for Diagon Alley.

I spend the next couple months doodling plans and researching every little detail of the alley. I was excited about the idea of creating this for them but was never fully committed because of all the events we had going on in late September and early October. It wasn’t until late September that I decided if I was going to do this that I needed to clear some time for it, so I gave my notice  and set my last day at OpenCar/INRIX for Friday, October 13th (my late fathers birthday).

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For Pancreatic Cancer Research

Matt’s Army – Give via PurpleStride

On October 18, 2017, pancreatic cancer took Matt from his wife, daughters, family, and friends far too soon. Matt’s Army has stepped up to support PanCAN in its efforts to end pancreatic cancer.

Matt’s band Element 47 along with friend/bandmate Marco, wife Amy, and daughters Anna and Elsie are supporting PanCAN’s research into early detection of pancreatic cancer. The Live For Matt concert on October 23 and the Puget Sound Purple Stride 5K on October 29, plus Purple Stride walks in Silicon Valley and Boston, have already raised over $100,000.

All cash proceeds collected at Diagon Alley Project will be listed on the PurpleStride website below under the name “The Wizards of Diagon Alley”.

Update Nov 10th: Currently we have had an estimated 5-6k visitors to the #diagonalleyproject whom have donated nearly $4000. Thank you!

Mighty AI co-founder Matt Bencke diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, vows to ‘beat the odds’ as he hands over CEO reins – Geekwire

For Whittier Elementary PTA

We are currently building two kids playhouse structures that will be auctioned off at the Whittier Elementary PTA Auction in April, 2018. We could use your help in funding these projects. You can get more information about these projects on this blog post.

If you wish to donate to this cause you can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/diagon-alley-project-gringotts

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Press

Sunday Oct 29th

Construction wizard! Seattle man builds a giant Diagon Alley from Harry Potter in his driveway – Geekwire

Monday Oct 30th

Ballard homeowner recreates Diagon Alley – Q13 Fox

Tuesday Oct 31st

Thousands of trick or treaters converge on epic Harry Potter Diagon Alley in Seattle driveway – Geekwire

Giant Diagon Alley from Harry Potter built in Seattle driveway – King5 News

Photos: Seattle man builds a giant Diagon Alley in his driveway – King5 News

Diagon Alley comes to Ballard – My Ballard

Seattle dad builds Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley for Halloween – UPI

Diagon Alley rises in Seattle – KWQC News

Giant Diagon Alley from Harry Potter built in Seattle driveway – Kare11, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Thursday Nov 1st

Calling all wizards: Ballard father creates replica Diagon Alley for trick-or-treaters – KOMO News

Photos: Ballard father creates Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley for trick-or-treaters – KOMO News

Seattle dad created Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley for all the community wizards on Halloween – Mashable

Seattle Dad Conjures Diagon Alley in His Driveway – The Leaky Cauldron

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/harry-potter-seattle-life-size-diagon-alley – Teen Vouge

Photos: Ballard father creates Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley for trick-or-treaters – Seattle Refined

Dad creates a real-life Diagon Alley for his daughters—and you can visit – The Daily Dot

Thursday Nov 2nd

Ballard man built a magical Diagon Alley replica in his own driveway! – New Day Northwest

The Wizarding World’s Coolest Dad Actually Built a Life-Size Diagon Alley for His Kids – TIME

Muggle Dad’s Homemade Diagon Alley Will Make You Believe In Magic – Huffington Post

This family turned their driveway into Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and OMG – Cosmopolitan

This Family Turned Their Driveway Into A Real Life Diagon Alley! – Heart UK

Friday Nov 3rd

This dad turned his driveway into Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley — and Muggles are lining up! – AOL In The Know

Saturday Nov 4th

This family turned their driveway into Diagon Alley and it’s just magical – Her

Sunday Nov 4th

This Seattle dad built Diagon Alley in his driveway, and J.K. Rowling digs it – Syfy.com

Monday Nov 6th

Seattle dad creates spellbinding replica of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in driveway – ABC News

This Dad Surprised His Harry Potter-Obsessed Daughters With a Life-Size Diagon Alley – E! News

Man quits job to build a replica of Diagon Alley in his driveway – Stuff, New Zealand

Dad Of The Century Builds An Incredible Life-Sized Diagon Alley For His Kids – MTV News, UK

Seattle Man Recreates Diagon Alley On His Own Driveway – HorrorGeekLife.com

Ultimate Muggle Dad Built HARRY POTTER’s Diagon Alley for His Community – Nerdist.com

Tuesday Nov 7th

Man quits job to build a replica of Harry Potter location Diagon Alley in his driveway – Domain, Melbourne Australia

This Dad Created A Diagon Alley Replica In His Driveway For Halloween & It’s Honestly So Magical – Bustle

The Replica of Diagon Alley In Ballard Is Really Cool and Sweet and Whimsical And I Love It – The Stranger

Man builds spellbinding Diagon Alley in his driveway – Nine.com.au

Dad creates life-size ‘Harry Potter’ Diagon Alley in driveway – KSAT, San Antonio

Wednesday Nov 8th

Dad recreates Diagon Alley in back garden – BBC Newsround

Dad of the Century Just Built a Life-Size Diagon Alley in His Driveway – PureWoW

Thursday Nov 9th

Ballard Dad’s Diagon Alley is Getting Even Bigger; ‘Star Wars’ Up Next – Seattle Magazine

Sat Nov 11th

Vater baut echte Winkelgasse
für seine Töchter
– Bild.de

http://www.neuepresse.de/Nachrichten/Panorama/Vater-baut-Toechtern-Harry-Potter-Kulisse-nach – Neue Presse, Germany

Diagon Alley in Seattle adding a ‘Gringotts’ playhouse – King5 Seattle

Saturday Nov 14th

Dad creates a life-size Diagon Alley from ‘Harry Potter’ in his driveway – TODAY.com

Wednesday Nov 15th

Dad recreates ‘Harry Potter’s’ Diagon Alley – CNN

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