This 8-foot tall door was created by sculptor Steve Penetti and is free to visit.
Any loyal Harry Potter fan will recognize this characteristic Chamber of Secrets door right near Lombard Street. You cannot enter through the door as this is a private residence, but you can pass by 2645 Leavenworth Street to check it out.
Pinetti designed this sculptural masterpiece in just a week and a half, using a large piece of sheet metal as the base and pipes for the serpents’ bodies. The door features 7 silver serpents complete with detailed welded scales and red jeweled eyes, on a metallic golden backdrop.
It’s an artistic interpretation of the door from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But not to worry, Harry Potter fans: Pinetti still held true to the original 7 serpents, to represent the 7 horcruxes in the series.
[Image: Karen Roe from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons]
Pinetti’s bright blue home on Leavenworth Street is impossible to miss, as it features several other sculptures in addition to the Harry Potter door. Be sure to check out the enormous welded dragon on the other side of the garage, and the gorilla waving a flag from the roof.
[Image: Screenshot of 2645 Leavenworth Street via Google Maps Street View]
Whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter, fine sculptures, or both, you have to visit the Harry Potter door in San Francisco!
[Featured Image: Instagram / @mike.fv]