Gloucester Cathedral appeared in the first two Harry Potter movies and is now selling stones from its walls including gargoyles going for as much as £800
A cathedral that was used in Harry Potter is selling stones from its walls for £800.
Gloucester Cathedral appeared in three Harry Potter films and has now set out on a plan to pay for its upkeep by selling bits of it.
It is selling stones from its very own walls for prices ranging from £40 to £800 to pay for repairs and an ambitious restoration.
The Cathedral featured in the first three Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
In the second movie, a scene featuring Moaning Myrtle, a ghost, and a flooded girls’ bathroom was filmed at the Cathedral as well as another with a warning written in blood.
Scenes filmed for the first movie were largely cut but included the poltergeist Peeves, played by Rick Mayall.
In some cases, the stones on sale are up to five hundred years old and their auction which began on November 13, will end on November 21.
Demand is so high that eight out of ten stones have already exceeded their original bidding price.
They would not be the first cathedral to do such auctions.
Sonia Bielaszewska, philanthropy manager for the cathedral, said: “Obviously, COVID-19 has hit so many charities and Cathedrals particularly hard.
“We’ve fortunately been able to raise a significant amount of money to get us through that period, but we have really ambitious plans for the next ten years for the Cathedral so we’ve decided to be more innovative with our fundraising.
“We’re really fortunate to have a supportive community and congregation who feel a part of the cathedral.
“So we thought what a better way to connect them more physically to a building which they cherish so much by offering the opportunity to take a piece home.”
The stones on offer range from paperweights to gargoyles weighing 200 kilograms.
Sonia said: “We’ve recently finished renovations, with new gargoyles going up which was a really big project we’ve managed to finish last year.
“Due to renovations we’ve built up a backlog of several stones, some of them dating back five hundred years.
“As a cathedral, we typically keep some stones in the crypt for archive reasons and some for historical records.
“So we found ourselves in a position to essentially have an excess of stones that we needed to find a new home for.”
Bids have already come in from across the country from as far as South Wales, Cornwall, and Sussex.
Some stones have been more popular than others, with lot 5, a slender cross marked mortar grip from the 1890s, receiving the most interest by far.
“We’ve received some really nice messages accompanying the bids from social media and emails. We’ve had a lovely mix of the local community, and historical buffs as always.
“We’ve also had a lot of people who have found faith quite recently, and want this to be a representation of their new journey through religion.
“Initial bids that have been coming through have far exceeded our expectations.
“We have a really well-maintained pinnacle dating back to the 1950’s which is decoratively beautiful which one of the bidders wants to display at the front of their house.