Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago
I’m a big fan of relaxing background noise for sleeping, reading, sometimes for working. And once lockdown started, I started playing this kind of stuff more and more, until eventually a YouTube recommendation led me to this: Hogwarts ASMR ambiance.
Creator ASMR Rooms has done her due diligence in recreating some of the most well-loved locales from the book version of the Potterverse, both visually and aurally— complete with fire-crackling, rain-pattering, quill-scratching goodness, and occasional, subtle onscreen action.
The artwork itself also reminds me of the style you’d see on Harry Potter merch in the pre-Warner Brothers days, or illustrations by the US books’ illustrator Mary Grandpré.
These days, I’m working from home in the Ravenclaw common room. Why not?
If you like the library video above, take your pick from the playlist of 50+ other Potter-inspired ambiance videos. Some of my favorites:
A double-height library in a New York City townhouse
The library at Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge
Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, home to the 1200-year-old Book of Kells
National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague
More of the Admont Abbey library in Austria, also featured in my post about the inspiration for the library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne in Paris