Harry Potter fan Cameron Greasley had a truly spell-binding birthday after his dad turned their front room into a scene straight out of Hogwarts!
Dave, 41, from Boston, wanted to do something for his son’s 14th which wasn’t the ‘usual gubbins’ of supermarket balloons and banners - so set to work on turning the living room into a party space fit for any wizard,
He said: “I thought with him turning 14 I might just get away with doing something different before he gets too old for it.”
Originally planning on buying the decorations, Dave instead turned to his own artistic talents and spent three weeks crafting the magical decorations at work.
Dave explained: “We have these large sheets of packing card in the factory so I spoke to my managers about it and they were cool as long as it was in my own time.”
To conjure up the birthday surprise took early starts at his job at Entrance Matting Systems in Freiston - no tea breaks, late finishes and a couple of weekends.
This included Dave getting up for 4am to get in to the factory for 5am and staying on until 6-7pm.
He called on help from a number of people including Paul Topliss, who created props, along with his mum Irene, who made the Sorting Hat, and dad Colin.
He thanked his wife Kealey for ‘letting me ransack the house’ and friend Fiona Plummer for ‘being the star that she is’ in helping with the surprise.
He said: “The thing is when you’re doing something you enjoy, the time flies by so the panels started to build up and the props were getting made and I knew I had a good chance of hitting the deadline.”
He added: “It’s funny really, you put all those hours in for that one reaction but if you wouldn’t do it for your family who would you do it for?”
To avoid Cam finding out, Dave went to extra lengths to keep the works hidden.
The day before his birthday Cam was sent off to spend time with relatives and that night no-one was allowed in the room - with Dave saying he had ‘glossed the woodwork’.
When asked how he was going to top it next year, Dave said: “The way I see it is he’ll be 15 so I doubt he’ll be speaking to me!”
Asked what he thought about his dad’s work, son Cam said he was ‘shocked’.
He added: “I couldn’t believe how immense it was! It was just too much to take in.”
Pictures of the work have since been shared on social media, including Harry Potter fansites and Dave says the response has been ‘overwhelming’.
In the video above Dave shows off some of his work.