Or your room. No judgement.
For decades now, Harry Potter has delighted children and adults alike. It’s one of those worlds that really takes hold in fan’s imaginations, giving them a ferocious love of all things Potter! If you’re little one* has their heart set on a Harry Potter bedroom, it may be easier to achieve that you think!
With a mix of creative craft ideas, Potter merch and homewares, we’ve found a heap of ways you can create wizard bliss in just a couple of hours.
Thankfully, all of these ideas are fairly easy to do and don’t require a full room re-do. Take your pick or try them all to make any child’s room a little more magical. And after all, when it comes to children’s interiors, a Harry Potter theme tends to be much more visually pleasing than anything super bright or related to Peppa Pig!
*We fully support adult Harry Potter bedrooms too. afterall. We’ve been fans longer!
Harry Potter Mirror of Erised Replica
This 2ft tall ornate resin mirror looks just like the one from the film, it can be hung or stand alone, and it will indeed reflect their hearts deepest desire. because it will show the rest of their new Potter bedroom!
If your child dreams of receiving an acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on his or her 11th birthday, knows the location of Platform 9-3/4 at King’s Cross Station, and would do anything to board the Hogwarts Express, why not bring some of the fun and wonder of the Harry Potter world to your child’s bedroom? For a child who devoured all seven of the Harry Potter books and waited eagerly for the opening day of all eight movies, a room decorated with a Hogwarts theme—while not quite as thrilling as putting on the Sorting Hat—might just be the next best thing. It’s a great theme for children of any age and gender.
Basics of Creating a Harry Potter Bedroom
- While your home is probably not an old stone castle-like Hogwarts, you can recreate the feeling with painted walls. Start with a light gray painted base, then use a sea sponge to stipple deeper shades of gray, brown, and moss green over the surface until you achieve the look of aged stone.
- The Gryffindor dormitories where Harry slept had wooden flooring. Though you don’t see the other student dormitories, presumably they are the same. If your child’s bedroom has carpet, use a brown area rug to give the feel of wood.
- Students at Hogwarts sleep in heavy, dark wooden canopy beds surrounded by curtains that can be drawn for privacy. You might not have room—or desire—for such a large piece of furniture, but you can give a similar feel by hanging fabric from the ceiling around the corners of the bed. Use deep red if your child favors Gryffindor (Harry Potter’s house), or pick yellow for Hufflepuff, blue for Ravenclaw, or green for Slytherin.
Adding Creative Touches
Make up the bed with a solid-colored comforter in your child’s favorite house colors set off by white sheets. Add fun with a couple of bright throw pillows. If your child prefers to leave no doubt as to the room’s theme, choose a bedding set decorated with Harry Potter’s picture, name, or scenes from the story.
- Wall hangings: Decorate the bedroom walls with a few wall hangings celebrating whichever Hogwarts house your child prefers. Most kids will choose Gryffindor, which is Harry’s house, but others might prefer Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin.
- Mirrors: Every bedroom needs a mirror, and if that mirror reflects the looker’s deepest longing (as does the Mirror of Erised in the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), so much the better. Hang a full-length mirror from the back of your child’s bedroom door, then use gold or bronze metallic paint to create an elaborate frame around the mirror’s edges. If painting isn’t your thing, use metallic decorative duct tape to cover the mirror’s frame instead.
- Brooms: Quidditch, the favored game of the wizarding world—and Harry Potter’s sport—is played on flying brooms. You might not have a magical broom available, but you can do your best with a purchased quidditch broom, or one you decorated yourself. Prop the broom in the corner, or suspend it from the ceiling with a clear fishing line.
- Owls: The wizarding world uses owls to deliver mail, and Harry’s owl, Hedwig, plays an important role throughout the story. Hedwig was a snowy owl, but many different species of owls deliver mail in J. K. Rowling’s fantasy world. Decorate a corner of the bedroom with a large stuffed owl on a branch-laden perch screwed to the wall, or set an old birdcage on the dresser to serve as the owl’s home.
Wherever possible, choose bedroom accessories that look antique and well worn. A brass, ornate lamp, old-fashioned alarm clock, dark, distressed bookcase, and electric candles are all good choices.
Hogwarts’ students use trunks to transport their clothing and personal items between home and school. If you can’t find an old trunk at a local thrift store or garage sale, use a new one that only pretends to be old. Let your child decorate the trunk with Hogwarts stickers and decals. Trunks make perfect footboards for the bed and are a great way to store extra linens, out-of-season clothing, sports equipment, or board games.
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Potterheads, we appreciate you need no encouragement, but had you thought about creating a Harry Potter themed room in your home?
That’s exactly what husband and wife duo Kaycee and Casey Daniel from Illinois USA did.
Kaycee asked a friend to create the Gyffindor bedding (Credit: Kristi-Lee Photography)
Casey, 32, was a huge fan of the books growing up, decided he wanted to create a Harry Potter themed nursery for his son Finley, now four, and it looks INCREDIBLE.
With help from his wife, also 32, just over four years ago, the pair decided to prep the room with a wizarding theme throughout ready for their new bundle.
They first asked artist Nate Branowski to create a mural in the nursery.
Casey and Kaycee created the nursery for their son Finley (Credit: Kristi-lee Photography)
He painted a scene that looked out of a Hogwarts castle window that looked onto towering turrets and the grounds of the castle.
It looks as though the window could be in the Gryffindor common room where Harry, Ron and Hermione spent many an evening. Even Hedwig appears in the mural, sitting on the windowsill.
Kaycee said of the painting: “The artist who did the mural really knocked it out of the park.
“It looks so life like and pictures really don’t do it justice!”
Next the couple set about finding decorations for the room. From house flags, to frames filled with Potter-themed photos and mirrors, they had a lot of fun picking out the decor, bringing the room to life.
They included pictures of Dumbledore, the Hogwarts Express, Dobby and even Sir Cadogan the knight.
And finally Kaycee asked a family friend to create bedding in Gryffindor colours which completed the magical room with a quick swish and flick!
The mural was painted by an artist who made it feel as though you are inside Hogwarts (Credit: Krist-Lee Photography)
Despite how fabulous it looks, Kaycee wasn’t too sure to start with, telling Tyla: “My husband grew up loving Harry Potter and knew right when we found out we were pregnant he wanted a Harry Potter Nursery.
“I took some convincing but am so glad I came around. I wanted it to seem like you were in the castle.
“I figured if he grows to not like Harry Potter it is just like a Castle and what little boy won’t love castles?”
The mural by Nate Branowski brings the room to life (Credit: Kristi-Lee Photography)
Now it’s one of her favourite rooms in the house and luckily Finley loves Harry Potter already.
Kaycee often finds him sporting his Harry Potter glasses and wand wandering around the house. Cute!
Even now four years on the room is the same, Kaycee told Tyla, but they have just simply swapped out the crib for a bed – there’s life in this wizard room yet.
Featured Image Credit: Kristi-Lee Photography
Welcome to TheWordFinder’s Harry Potter Logo Generator. Here you can make your own custom Harry Potter styled text and logos! Now even Muggles can experience Magic!
Generate your Harry Potter logo
Hint: PREVIEW IS NOT FINAL IMAGE, click the RED BUTTON! Enter your text and also click icons to change the background image & share your own Harry Potter logo.
Welcome to our Harry Potter Logo Generator tool! Whether you’d like a logo to use for your desktop, to share on social media, or to print and hang on your wall, you’re in the right place. Use our simple Harry Potter Logo Generator below to create your perfect logo.
How to Use The Harry Potter Logo Generator Tool
- Enter your text: decide what you’d like your logo to say. Our logo generator has space for up to five lines of text, so feel free to add as much as you’d like — or, if you prefer a short and sweet approach, type a single letter or word.
- Choose a background color or background image: Our tool offers multiple different options for backgrounds. If you prefer a plain background, browse the rainbow to find the perfect hue. If you’d rather set a photo as your background, you can pick from our selection of Harry Potter images, including both character shots and pictures of Hogwarts, the magical castle where Harry and his friends reside.
- Choose a text color: Use our color selection tool to find the perfect shade for your text.
- Decide if you want your text to ‘glow’: Use the ‘glow’ button if you’d like to give your text a light grey shadow. If you turn on the glow and don’t see a difference in your text, try changing to a lighter background color; the glow effect may not be visible against darker backgrounds.
- Click ‘generate logo’: Press the red ‘generate logo’ button to be brought to a separate page where you can download your logo as a JPEG, or share it on social media or via email.
History of the Harry Potter Logo
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’re probably already familiar with the Harry Potter font: it’s used on everything from book covers to marketing materials. But you’re likely not familiar with the font’s history.
The now-ubiquitous Harry Potter logo was first created by a woman named Mary GrandPré, who illustrated the American Harry Potter book covers. GrandPré designed the logo for use on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was released in 1997. The creative team behind Harry Potter enjoyed it so much that they decided to make it the movie logo as well. Later, an abbreviated version of the logo using the initials ‘HP’ was created for further marketing materials. Other ‘Harry Potter’ fonts have since popped up, either for use in the movies as wizarding fonts, or by fans based on their own experiences reading the books. However, GrandPré’s original font remains the dominant choice for fans of the Wizarding World.
This popularity can partially be attributed to the font’s unique features, which make it easily identifiable. Many stylized fonts are made distinctive by the inclusion of one or two distinctively designed letters, or through the addition of motifs like stars or smiley faces. However, the Harry Potter font stands on its own, with jagged edges and uniquely-shaped letters that distinguish the font immediately from many others. These features, in addition to the lightning shape incorporated into many letters, makes the font easy to recognize in any setting.
How the Harry Potter Logo Was Used in the Movies
A logo might seem to have a relatively small effect on a movie’s success, but in truth, a logo used correctly can add a lot of impact. The Harry Potter movies are great examples of this. If you’ve seen all seven, you might remember the iconic title card, which features the metallic Harry Potter logo against a cloudy sky background. Interestingly, this logo actually changes over the course of the series, darkening to reflect the increased complexity of Harry’s life.
In the first two Harry Potter movies, the logo is a bright, optimistic gold. This gold logo sits against a beautiful backdrop of white clouds on a blue sky. However, as the series progresses, the logo darkens. For the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the logo turns silver and the sky background becomes stormy. By the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the logo has become corrupted, appearing damaged by rainy weather. In the final two movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 & 2, the logo turns black and is featured against an entirely dark background, making the words hard to distinguish.
This is a great example of how a title card can be used to subtly reflect the content of a movie. As the Harry Potter series progresses, Harry grows up, and the story’s plotlines grow darker. Harry uncovers details of his parent’s death, faces increasingly dangerous situations, and eventually confronts Lord Voldemort, his number one enemy. Having the title cards evolve with the series is a great way of setting the tone for each movie and subtly but clearly showing Harry’s growth over time.
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One Potterhead is certainly living the Hogwarts dream with his Harry Potter inspired bedroom. Meet Brian Thompson, a barista from Thousand Oaks, California, who has completely transformed his bachelor’s bedroom into a magical chamber. The best part? He’s done it all on a budget.
The idea came to him after he visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Of course, it’s every Harry Potter fan’s dream to experience even a replica of Hogwarts in person. But seeing and experiencing its impressive interiors wasn’t enough for Thompson. He decided he wanted to recreate his own Potter-themed room. So, he returned home with a grand renovation plan in mind.
Thompson’s Bedroom before the Renovation
He spent the following year and a half gathering all the materials he needed to complete his enchanted chamber. He scouted various secondhand stores and thrift stores to look for furniture and decorations apt for a wizardly abode. He revealed that he was able to get all his furniture from Goodwill and local thrift stores.
“Each red chair in my room was about $6 (£4.60). The black display case was $5 (£3.90). I must have made over 100 trips to thrift stores over 18 months to find everything I have.”
To achieve a much more realistic Hogwarts vibe, Thompson also created faux brick walls for his room. He did this by cutting insulation foam boards into block sizes. He then sealed them with caulk for added protection and painting.
Renovation Works in Progress
In addition to that, he also built two tree pillars consisting of chicken wire and Great Stuff insulation foam. He even created some roots creeping to the room’s entrance. Indeed, his attention to detail is just simply superb.
One of Hogwarts’ main attractions is the Enchanted Ceiling. As expected, Thompson also came up with his own rendition of it by using LED string lights. On top of that, he also adorned his ceiling with a fancy chandelier and some floating candles.
Harry Potter-inspired Bedroom on a Budget
To complete the illusion of a night sky, he painted his ceiling black and added some touches of white and gray spray paint to replicate clouds. He also lined the top of the walls with mirrors to create an “infinity” effect that extends beyond the chamber’s walls.
Overall, Thompson spent 18 months turning his dream Harry Potter-inspired bedroom into a reality. He estimated the total renovation cost to be at around $1,500 (£1,167.20). And everything was well worth it. When he shared the photos of his newly revamped room, the post immediately went viral. Indeed, people admired his creativity and resourcefulness. In the post, Thompson wrote:
“It’s quite difficult to describe the feeling I get when I sit in this room. To be in a space that was brought to life from nothing but a simple idea and a few drawings. There’s nothing I love more in the world than to simply create.”
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Okay so what you need to do is get your white piece of paper and tea bag it. I used my fingers to spread the tea. The link below explains it well.
After you let the paper dry another option to make it look older is to burn the edges of the paper. I think it looks good if you put holes in it to add to the old effect.
Now useing a pencil first draw out the letters after your satisfied it looks like harry potter font go over it with sharpie. I think it looks better if you make some parts of the letters thicker (:
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Is your child a Harry Potter fan? Are you? Are you getting ready to host a Harry Potter party? Or just looking for some fun Harry Potter printable home decor or kids’ crafts and activities?
a list of over 30 Fun FREE Harry Potter Printables. The list has everything Harry Potter related from home decor, party decorations, bookmarks and more! Everything a young wizard could wish for!
Harry Potter Party Supplies
Before we get to the list, I just wanted to let you know that we have some fun Harry Potter Party Supplies that you can download to use at your event. These include a set of Harry Potter Party Printables and a Harry Potter Favor Box. The Favor Box makes a fun gift box for any wizard too!
Harry Potter Printables
A list of fun and 30 FREE Harry Potter Printables. From crafts, printables, decorations, tags, and labels; home decor, wall art, and poster prints; games, favor boxes, activities; paper decorations, and more!
Harry Potter Decorations
Use these creative printables to decorate your Harry Potter soirée or to decorate your favorite wizard’s bedroom.
If you’re throwing a party based on Hogwart’s Great Hall, you need these.
Not ‘maybe they would look cute’.
These would’ve been made of metal, however metalworks isn’t my forte. Clay however, seems to hold up pretty well. Doing it again, I might suggest putting in a metal rod down the middle for more support. I haven’t exactly squeezed or tossed the cutlery set around to see how well they’d hold up. But I wouldn’t count on them holding up being dropped on the floor. They will, though, handle being used as cutlery at dinner.
I decided I was going to make these when I saw them at The Making of Harry Potter (sick of hearing that I went there? Sorry. But you’ll hear it another dozen times by the time I’ve finished all my posts of HP. It was like swimming in inspiration.). It’s those small details you don’t really pay attention to in the movie. You see it and whoosh, onto the next scene. So here’s some close up photos of what I saw. You’ll get an idea for the rest of the dinnerware as well.
Oink. If I could’ve made the pig’s head carafes, I would’ve. However my carving skills aren’t that good. But, I’ll find a way yet.
So now that you’ve had a good look at the cutlery, Ill show you how I made this easy peasy Hogwart’s Great Hall cutlery set.
Introduction: How to Make Floating Candles From Harry Potter
In today’s video I’m going to show you how you can improve your night by turning any room into the Great Hall of Hogwarts from Harry Potter, with an amazing starry night and floating candles! Materials list below.
I highly recommend watching the video before you start reading the instructions. It will give a clear idea of what to do!
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Step 1: First, We Are Going to Work on the Sky!
Let’s get some trash bags to create the night. We need to cut down each edge, leaving just the bottom to unfold the bag. Cut as many as you need for your space (I used 12 bags).
Step 2: Now Let’s Tape It All Together.
The idea is to have a large taped unfolded bag that will work as a base for our dark night.
After everything is taped together, just flip it over and get ready for some painting!
Step 3: Time to Paint!
Time to paint! I used some blues, whites, grays and metallic silver to give it the look of a starry night. Then, I used some PlaidFX paint and a toothbrush to flick some small stars and a bigger brush to get some bigger stars.
Step 4: Hang Your New Sky!
Step 5: Let’s Start With the Floating Candles!
We are going to be using poster board, tea candles, hot glue and hierloom-white spray paint. The main idea is to roll up the poster board to create cylinders using the tea candles to size the circumference, use the hot glue to create the candle drips and use the spray paint to make it all look nice and smooth.
Step 6: Some Measurements
Measure out the tea candle’s circumference and transfer that to your poster board. You just need a little extra room for your tea candles, so that way you are sure that they fit in the cylinder.
Step 7: Cut It Out!
Cut different lengths for your cylinders, that way all the candles will be different. Also, you may want to give them some curves at the top side to create the effect of melted wax.
And, don’t forget the bottom part of the floating candle!
Step 8: Create the Candle Drips
Now let’s use the hot glue to create the candle drips. It is as easy as taking your hot glue and letting it drip! The drippier the glue, the better!
Step 9: Time to Paint! (The Candles!)
Paint the candles! I used an off-white color because it looks more like Harry Potter, but you can always use the color you want.
Step 10: Put It All Together!
Put the candle together and add the fishing line to hang it up!
Insert the tea candle in the cylinder. Make sure that the top of the plastic of the tea candle is about even with the lowest point of your candle.
Then, feel around where the bottom of the tea candle is and insert the needle with the finishing line and go straight to the other side of the candle. This will be the be base for the tea candle to sit on inside the candle!
Tie off the string and put a pin in it to finally stick it in the ceiling!
It was on this day, July 31, that Hagrid said the famous words that would change the lives of Harry Potter and Potterheads around the world. This year Harry is celebrating his 39th birthday with his family of five, and what better way than a last-minute vacation before James and Albus are off to Hogwarts?
You don’t need to apparate far for that flighty temptress, adventure. To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, we curated a list of seven Harry Potter–themed homes available to rent on Vrbo for a magical getaway.
1. Enchanted Escape
This home in Kissimmee, Florida, has enough room to house the whole Weasley-Potter clan. With eight bedrooms themed with an array of fictional characters, the Harry Potter–themed movie room takes the treacle tart. Turn out the lights for a Harry Potter movie marathon with enchanted candlesticks hanging in the air like those in the Great Hall. The room also features a bunk bed built into a Hogwarts castle adorned with the school crest to sleep two lucky magical children.
2. Gryffindor Getaway
Planning a trip with small wizards to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando? Look no further than this beautifully decorated townhome featuring a Platform Nine and Three Quarters’ bedroom with two twin beds fit for any Gryffindor. The Nimbus 2000 decorates the faux brick wall that you’ll have to stop yourself from running into like those in Kings Crossing.
3. Knight Bus Bunk
This magical house has not one, but three themed Harry Potter rooms. Dream of flying through the Quidditch pitch with Harry in a canopy queen-sized bed, or sleep in the Knight Bus bunk bed as you soar through London. The suite-styled conjoined rooms are across the hall from the bathroom with a wall that reads “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. beware.” You won’t find anyone moaning about their stay.
4. The Marauder’s Map
Before entering this room, you have to tap the door and say “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.” Not really, but this Marauder’s Map–themed room captures the essence of Padfoot, Moony, Prongs and Wormtail’s famous map with parchment wallpapered walls and pillows that read “Mischief Managed.” Perfect for relaxing after a day at Universal Studios Florida with a game of Wizard’s chess.
5. Movie Room Magic
This 5-bedroom home in Kissimmee, Florida, features a Harry Potter–themed movie and gaming room with violently purple walls that will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of the movie. No matter if you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, you’ll feel right at home. Grab your cloak and cozy up in your own recliner to unwind — trouble won’t find you here.
6. The Hogwarts Express
All aboard the Hogwarts Express! This room is decorated simply with a beautiful rendition of the famous train and the Hogwarts crest painted on the wall. The huge townhome sleeps up to 14 guests and averages less than $200 per night, or about 27 galleons and 25 sickles. Muggles and wizards alike will enjoy the modern amenities.
7. Harry’s Hideaway
This room is Riddikulus, with walls that are sure to mimic Mad Eye Moody’s during his auror days, plastered with wanted posters and news articles. Not that Moody would believe the boisterous claims of The Daily Prophet! The Harry Potter magic doesn’t end there — this condo in Atlanta is completely decked in magical decor. From the halls of Hogwarts in the living room to Platform Nine and Three Quarters entrance, Harry Potter fans will love the magical touches.
Harry Potter is a fantasy 📚 Book universe created by ✍ Writer J.K. Rowling about the adventures of 🤓 Harry Potter and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
The first 📘 Book “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in June 1997. It quickly became a success, as the following 6 books, so Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. decided to film it. And already in 2001, the film of the same name was released.
- Quizzes, where you need to guess the characters from Harry Potter by emoji, have become popular. For example, Elle girl magazine has released such a Quiz;
- You can also find the following thematic emojis on the Internet: ∞, ϟ, 9¾, ♔, etc;
- The actor who played Harry has blue 👁️🗨️ Eyes, they were made green during editing to match the 📖 Book;
- The reason for the creation of the Dementors in the book was the deep depression of the books’ author when her 👩👧👦 Mother died;
- Harry, Ron, and Hermione wrote essays about their characters at the director’s request for The Prisoner of Azkaban.
The whole plot revolves around the little boy Harry whose parents were killed by the evil 🧙♂️ Wizard Voldemort. After their death, the boy was sent to his uncle and aunt Dursleys, muggles who hated magicians. And he didn’t know anything about his real parents and his gift until he was 11 years old. But then he began to receive ✉️ Letters from 🏰 Hogwarts …
Besides 8 main films (Deathly Hallows was split into 2 parts), the company also released a spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 2016, which tells about the events that happened 65 years before the main plot. In 2018, its sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” was released.
Also in 2016, the first part of The Cursed Child, directed by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling, was staged at a London theater. This piece is a sequel to the main cycle of the Potterian. The same year in July, an eponymous book was published with a full version of the play.
Harry Potter emojis collection:
Use the Harry Potter collection to share your 😍 Favorite characters and episodes from a book or movie, share photos of Potter paraphernalia, invite 🤝 Friends to watch movies together, discuss spin-offs, and more.
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Just like in the dining hall at Hogwarts make your own DIY Harry Potter Floating Candles. This is a super simple craft that will light up the darkest night!
The floating candles in Harry Potter are one of the most memorable parts of the movies. Whether you are having a Harry Potter Party or just want to do something fun for Halloween or a Movie Night, you can’t go wrong with this simple DIY Harry Potter Floating Candles.
You will need
- Empty Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls
- Hot glue gun
- White Paint
- Fishing Line
- Needle or push pin
- Small battery powered tealights
- Thumbtacks or pushpins for hanging.
Take your hot glue gun and run around the top of a toilet paper roll. Create “drips” from the top down to look like candle wax that has melted.
Once you have done this with several rolls and it has dried you are going to paint them with white acrylic paint.
Once the paint has dried you are going to use a needle or a push pin to create 4 small holes about ¼ -½ inch from the top.
You are going to make one on each side. These are so you can string the fishing line through so you can hang your candle but also to create a support to hold the tealight. (See the picture above)
These are so you can string the fishing line through so you can hang your candle but also to create a support to hold the tealight.
When stringing the fishing line through the holes cut it at different lengths for each candle. This way your candles have a staggered effect when you hang them. Use a push pin to secure them to the ceiling with the fishing line.
I am in love with how easy these are to make and how cute they turned out. My kids oohed and aahed for a while over these Harry Potter Floating Candles.
Don’t let this craft scare you. My 9-year-old daughter actually made these! I was just responsible for hanging them up. My kids are huge Harry Potter fans and wanted to decorate the house for Halloween like Hogwarts. I can’t argue with that.
20 years after the first book in the Harry Potter series was released, the fanbase grows ever stronger. It’s no wonder there are tons of brands looking to create Harry Potter collaborations.
Now the children of the original readers are becoming obsessed with the magical world created by JK Rowling. Double the fan-base , double the interest .
My own 7-year-old routinely runs around shouting spells at his brother, listens to the award-winner audiobooks on repeat, and builds with his Harry Potter Lego sets.
We are so inundated with his constant badgering that my husband, who has never seen the movie or read the books (I know….it does make me question my choice in marrying him 🤷♀️) can rattle off fun facts and character names, mind you he calls Ron ” LeBron Weasley” but that’s neither here nor there.
The point is, I can’t escape the Harry Potter mania. So instead, I’ve learned to indulge my little guy. I’m clearly not the only person in this boat because Harry Potter collaborations are popping up EVERYWHERE.
So if you are looking to decorate a room, get dressed from head to toe, or find a fun game to inspire your child’s creativity, we’ve got you covered with this round-up of our favorite Harry Potter c ollaborations .
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Vera Bradley’s Hogwarts and Herbology Collection
This collaboration speaks to college Kirsten so much. I adored Vera Bradley backpacks when I was in school, and I would have snapped up one of these in a heartbeat!
But it’s more than just bag. There are tumblers, notebooks, robes, and more in this line of Vera Bradley’s featuring a Hogwarts and Herbology print.
Alex and Ani x Harry Potter
Have a jewelry obsession? Check out this collection of necklaces, bangles, and earrings inspired by people and places from the book series.
Harry Potter x USAopoly
My personal favorite collaboration is the puzzles and games coming from USAopoly. We absolutely ADORE Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle in this house – you build up the skills as you get better and graduate years. It’s amazing. But HP Clue is also big around here. Now I’ll be eyeing a few more in time for the holidays.
Williams-Sonoma X Harry Potter
Have a little baker on your hands? Or maybe you are planning for a Harry Potter inspired birthday party? Well the bakeware at Williams-Sonoma is perfect for you then! The pancake cutter set is my personal favorite.
Pottery Barn’s Harry Potter Decor
Remember when we made a Harry Potter Bedroom? How much easier would it have been had this incredible collection from Pottery Barn been around?
I LOVE the giant Mirror of Erised. It’s such a show stopper, though the time-turner and winged key hooks are beautiful too. My boys would love the quidditch bedding set in their rooms, but I think I’ll settle with some lunch gear!
Mini Boden Harry Potter Clothing
There has been a longstanding collaboration between British children’s clothing brand Mini Boden. They have been creating new styles and lines for years nows.
by Angie · Published September 8, 2014 · Updated August 17, 2018
Last week I covered the Harry Potter party invite and “Hoo’ing.” This week you will get to see the Honeydukes candy shop!
Every candy store needs a sign, so I designed a banner and some candy jar labels to go with it. Some of the labels have fun little descriptions about what each candy does. I know some of the candy comes from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, not Honeydukes, but the kids had fun pretending to throw up or faint after eating it and there was no way I was going to recreate two stores!
If you want some cards you can customize, I have also included some blank cards for the candy labels that you can add your own text to. I use the Curly Stars Font.
I got the Honeydukes logo from greendude34 at deviantart.com.
For the past year I have been saving pickle jars for heaven knows what reason. I just really like the shape of them and I like jars. Yes, we all have our own kind of crazy. I figured that there had to be something cool I could do with them. And I was right! They made the perfect candy jars! We eat a lot of pickles, so I had about 12 on hand. I soaked them in vinegar and baking soda to get the pickle smell out and then sprayed painted the lids.
I made the chocolate wand plate out of a candlestick holder and a plate from the Dollar Store. The red licorice ones were made with candlesticks and glasses I found at the Dollar Store.
I then found candy at the grocery store that fit in with some of the candy in the books. I really wanted to do the chocolate frogs, but didn’t have the time to mold them by hand. So instead we compromised with gummy frogs! But if you are set on making them, you can buy the chocolate frog mold here .
Bertie Botts’ Every Flavor Beans: Jelly Bellies (or you can buy real Bertie Botts’ Every Flavor Beans )
Frogs: Gummy Frogs
Cockroach Clusters: Peanut Clusters
Licorice wands: Red Vines Red Licorice
Acid Pops: Tootsie Pops dipped in Karo syrup dipped in Pop Rocks
Chocolate Wands: Long Pretzels dipped in chocolate (these were one of the favorites!)
Fainting Fancies: Flavored tootsie rolls mashed together so that there are two different colors
Dumbledore’s lemon drops: Lemon Drops
Fizzing Whizzbees: Sour type candy
U-No-Poo: Green jelly beans
Licorice Snaps: Black Licorice Snaps or Hollows
Puking Pastille: Flavored tootsie rolls mashed together so that there are two different colors
I also threw in some Atomic Fireballs because it seemed like something like that belonged at Honeydukes.
The acid pops were a fun idea, but I probably wouldn’t ever do them again. It was really humid the day of the party and they turned into a sticky mess and dripped all over the counter and any kid who decided to eat them.
If you have never played BeanBoozled , it is the perfect game for a Harry Party Party. You have to spin the wheel and then eat whatever jelly bean the spinner lands on. There are a bunch of lookalike flavors so you never know if you are going to get Canned Dog Food or Chocolate Pudding, or Rotten Egg or Buttered Popcorn. It is so much fun!
I didn’t want the kids stuffing themselves with candy at the very beginning of the party and sending themselves into a sugar-induced downward spiral. So I bought some gold chocolate coins (galleons) that they could earn by completing all their coursework, which they could then use to buy the candy at the end.
I made this cute little sign to let them know how to pay!
Looking for some good ideas for Harry Potter party food? Next up will be my Polyjuice Potion Bean Dip!
Print these free printable Harry Potter book covers to decorate for a Harry Potter party.
Harry Potter Book Covers Free Printables
My friend and I just hosted a Harry Potter dinner that was SO FUN! One of the easiest items of decor were these Harry Potter book covers. I purchased a package of parchment paper like this paper on amazon. I tried to find parchment paper in a craft store and they only had 16×16 pages which would have been a pain to print on. Office depot had parchment paper but it was $20 or more for this paper that you can get on amazon for under $10 (price may change). I loved having the 100 pack because I used the paper for invitations, posters, bottle labels, and the mauraderer’s map menus that we printed. (See the link to those ideas below). We trimmed the paper after printing these to the size of the book we wanted to use and taped the cover to the outside of the book. Side note: If you want to see some more Harry Potter ideas from our Harry Potter party check out these 15 Harry Potter Party Ideas!
You can also purchase a bunch of Harry Potter books besides just Harry Potter. Some of my favorite options are:
- Hogwarts Library (Includes Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay, the book in the above set is the textbook)
or get the Hogwarts library individually.
Side note, there are some seriously cool Harry Potter things on Amazon. These are some of my faves but there are loads more. (Yes I’m trying to sound like Ron).
It is likely the book cover will not wrap all the way around the book. But you will be stacking them up on top of each other so you won’t see the front of most of the books. You can place them high enough so that you can’t see the top book or put something else on the top of the stack of books like the quill feather pen that we made. Or for the book that will be on top use an extra piece of paper to cover the entire book.
Published on Apr 1st 2020
Here’s everything you need to know about Harry Potter At Home: some new ways to bring the magic closer to you, all specially created by different members of our wide Wizarding World family.
For over twenty years now, Hogwarts has been an escape for all – for readers and fans, young and old. During the strange times we now find ourselves in, we want to welcome you back to Hogwarts, where you will find a friendly retreat for you, your family and those you are caring for.
Over 500 million Harry Potter books have been sold across the globe, so it’s comforting to know many homes already have a door to the wizarding world waiting to be opened once again. And for those who’ve never visited the wizarding world before, welcome!
Our new Harry Potter At Home project is very much a team effort, combining the resources of Harry Potter UK and US publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic, Pottermore Publishing, leading spoken-word producer and provider Audible, library supplier OverDrive, and of course, our own magic-makers here at WizardingWorld.com.
So, what exactly is Harry Potter At Home and how can you get involved? We’re pleased to say – in all sorts of ways!
Hogwarts’ doors are open for teachers everywhere
J.K Rowling and her team have already announced a special, open licence for teachers to read the seven Harry Potter books aloud to their pupils in virtual read-a-long sessions on video. This means if you’re a teacher you’ll be able to record yourself reading Harry’s Hogwarts adventures and share these with your pupils online. Learn how to get involved here.
Many teachers around the world have already been in touch!
One said, ‘this is amazing! I started reading book 1 to my second graders about a month ago. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to finish. Now I can finish reading it to them’
Another added, ‘Thanks, @JK_Rowling ! I’m a teacher of English in France and suggested my pupils read the Potter books. In these dark times, I’m twice as grateful for the world you’ve created. 20 years later, it is still a safe place for me. ’
The first Harry Potter audiobook for free for everyone
A big thank you to our friends at Audible, who invite you to listen to the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as many times as you like in the coming weeks. This is one of many classic books that will be available on Audible’s new platform, stories.audible.com. – take a look and see what you can find.
The first Harry Potter book will be available to listen to for free in six different languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese). And our American readers will be interested to know that this is the Stephen Fry edition of the audiobook, rather than the US version which features the equally talented Jim Dale. So, you’ll get to hear Harry’s story told with an entirely new voice! We can confirm that Stephen does an excellent Dumbledore.
Visit our new Harry Potter At Home hub
Here on WizardingWorld.com, we’ve built a dedicated space for you to visit which we’ll be updating all the time for your enjoyment. This special Harry Potter At Home hub is where you’ll find all the latest things to keep you occupied – from special activity kits from Bloomsbury to Scholastic, to nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!) fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and more. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom.
You can visit the Harry Potter At Home hub here – and keep on visiting the page whenever you like. Just like Hogwarts and its staircases, this page will be changing all the time.
Harry’s first adventure will also be made free for all OverDrive library patrons online throughout April
Pottermore Publishing will also be teaming up with digital library supplier OverDrive to gift the first book in its digital form. Patrons of OverDrive libraries will be able to borrow Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an eBook or audiobook in over 20 languages from participating local and school libraries, including via OverDrive’s Libby app, and the Sora app for schools.
This offering will last until the end of April, so if you can, why not have a browse?
And that is simply the start
Along with all the other members of our Wizarding World family, we’re going to keep finding new ways to bring magic into your world during this time.
So, however you like to get your Wizarding World updates, be it here, on our Wizarding World app, or, of course, through our new Harry Potter At Home hub – we’ll keep bringing you the joy of reading. Remember, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
For weekly Harry Potter At Home updates and so much more, we’re also launching a newsletter – so we can deliver all of our latest news, activities and more, straight to your inbox in one nice package. To opt in, don’t forget to click the check box when asked during registration. No owls required!
Illustration by Jonny Duddle © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not just any ordinary school. Hogwarts is my home. I remembered the first time I entered the Wizarding World, from receiving the acceptance letter, to buying wizarding supplies in Diagon Alley and choosing my first wand in Ollivanders, to boarding the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾.
I was enchanted and in awe with the floating candles in the Great Hall and super excited about a new school term with many spells and charms to learn!
I am sure many of us must be longing for the chance to travel and explore the Wizarding World. Your wish might just have been granted! Klosh has an amazing selection that could Apparate you right into the magical dimension!
This Hogwarts Goblet serves as a lovely Pensieve to bring me back into the magical memories. It stands beautifully on my desk and it is always easy for me to muse on the amazing moments!
At the beginning of my Wizarding journey, I was fond to be a Gryffindor just like my favourite trio in the stories. However, as I immersed myself in the story, I began to realise that the rest of the Houses have very interesting traits. This got me thinking about which house will I best fit in with my character. I went to Pottermore and got myself sorted into my House for the first time, to discover that I best belong in Ravenclaw! Ravenclaws present traits of individuality, wit, learning as well as creativity. I definitely see these traits in me!
I am proud to be a Ravenclaw and I carry my bag tag to represent my House Pride. Other than my wand, it also serves as a piece of magic that I always carry around! What can I say? I am proud to be a witch in the Muggle world!
Besides, this enchanting piece helps me identify my bag very quickly in the midst of others during a gathering with friends! Super handy!
Have I mentioned that I am a lover of all beasts? In the stories of Harry Potter, we were introduced to several creatures and beasts. There were the famous fire-breathing Dragons, the unique and beautiful Unicorns and even the amazing Hippogriff that had a head of an eagle and a body of a horse. In the Fantastic Beasts film, we got to see even more mysterious beasts being brought to life, such as the majestic Zouwu, the grand Thunderbird, the cute little Bowtruckle and not forgetting the cheeky Niffler. I have always dreamt of collecting all of them!
Well, I might not be a Magizoologist like Newt Scamander but that doesn’t stop me from adopting a Niffler pet! They are easily distracted with shiny items, so just make sure you have enough sparkles to keep them happy. Nifflers are so adorable that you could not bear not to own one!
They make such great companions by the way. My Niffler accompanies me through my night of sweet dreams, there is no way I would live my magical life without him.
In Klosh, you could find many other products to add touches of magic to your daily lives!
After all, to those who seek for magic will find it!
This name generator will give you 10 random names for houses based on those of Hogwarts.
School house names tend to be chosen by those who founded the school, hence why Ravenclaw was named after Rowena Ravenclaw, for example. This is also the case for the American schools, but in their case the founders picked mythical beings, rather than their own names. For this reason I focused entirely on the names of British houses.
As far as those names go, they are related to either animal names or animal terms (Slytherin – slithering, Hufflepuff – huff and puff), so I followed this as well. Of course, from an in-universe point of view these were just coincidences, but from a storytelling point of view they were chosen more deliberately.
Another thing I noticed is that each name is 3 syllables long, with a slight stress on the third syllable. I followed this as well, but for the more randomized names you might sometimes get some shifts in where the stress would be in a name.
There are 2 types of names in this generator. The first are pre-defined names similar to Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Names like Heronflight and Dragonnest, for example. These were the trickiest to create in terms of variety, as the naming conventions limit the amount of animal names you can use.
The second type of names are similar to Gryffindor and Slytherin. Names like Dragontal, Arachnar, Gorgonhath, and Lionvas. The endings of these names are randomized, so some names can be a little strange.
To start, simply click on the button to generate 10 random names. Don’t like the names? Simply click again to get 10 new random names.
You’re never too old to be a Harry Potter fan. Nor, it seems, can you ever be too young. In fact, Tiffany Nicole and her husband made sure that their fourth child was destined to be a Potterhead even before he was born by creating this magical Harry Potter-themed nursery for him.
“I just recently introduced the movies to my other children,” Tiffany told Buzzfeed. “And that’s when we decided it would be perfect to design his nursery with a story that has made such an impact on my childhood.”
The couple used items mainly bought from Etsy and Amazon to turn the room into a spellbinding Harry Potter treasure trove. Quidditch set? Check. Sorting hat? Check. Mandrake and flesh-eating slug repellent? Check. There’s even a Monster book of Monsters!
So if you’re about to begin designing your own nursery, maybe these pictures will give you some inspiration. And if you’ve already finished…well…you might want to think about starting again.
Want to make your own? You can find a lot of what you’ll need on Etsy and Amazon
Tiffany Nicole and her husband made sure that their fourth child was destined to be a Potterhead even before he was born
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There’s a Harry Potter for everyone. Find the right books, movies, and games to introduce as kids grow up.
Discovering the joys of Harry Potter is a rite of passage for kids today. Since J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone more than 20 years ago, kids have been devouring the books, watching the movies, and — at least for superfans — playing games and apps and visiting websites devoted to the young wizard. One of the delights of discovering Harry Potter is that you see him grow up. But along with that, the subject matter of the books and movies gets scarier, the villains get viler, and beloved characters die.
And now, with the wizarding world expanding to include prequel adventures like Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, ebook shorts based on Hogwarts lessons, and real-world spellcasting games, it’s not always easy to figure out where to start.
If your family is just getting into this magical world, here’s a quick age guide for enjoying Harry Potter with your kids. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child’s ability to handle fright and peril before you see the movies or read the books.
7–9: A great age to begin (for younger kids, consider reading aloud together).
10–11: The movies get darker (the books get more intense, and beloved characters die).
12+: Your kids can probably handle everything J.K. Rowling sends their way (but you might want to go with them to the more mature movies).
And for a complete list of every single piece of media related to Harry Potter, check out these books, movies, apps, games, and websites.
Common Sense offers the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Our timely parenting advice supports families as they navigate the challenges and possibilities of raising kids in the digital age.
Published on Aug 26th 2020
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is one of the most magical places in the whole wizarding world. Eleven-year-old witches and wizards lucky enough to receive their Hogwarts letters, board the Hogwarts Express, disembark at Hogsmeade, and sail across the lake to get their first glimpse of the twinkling lights and towering turrets belonging to one of the best schools of magic in the world.
Today, bring Hogwarts into your home, as we teach you how to build your very own castle in three video tutorials.
Hogwarts Castle Build Part 1: The Great Hall
The Great Hall at Hogwarts is a very special place, because it’s where the Sorting Ceremony happens for first years when they arrive at the school. Once the ceremony is over, the feast begins, and Dumbledore makes his start of term speech – which is bound to be a little wacky!
Here’s how to build the Great Hall section:
And if you want to find out which house you would be sorted into in the Great Hall then you can take the Sorting Ceremony on our website here.
Hogwarts Castle Build Part 2: The Grand Staircase Tower
The towers are a particularly iconic part of the Hogwarts castle. In this video you’ll be giving the castle it’s unique look, adding the Headmaster’s Tower that houses Dumbledore’s office – a place Harry Potter visits on many occasions!
Hogwarts Castle Build Part 3: Paper Mache and Paint
The Hogwarts castle was home for Harry Potter, who never really felt like he belonged with the Dursleys – even before he found out he was a wizard! This is the final video where we teach you how to put the finish touches – including adding a base – to your Hogwarts castle creation! We hope it brings a little magic and helps you dream of going back to Hogwarts.
But that’s not all! For more of our arts and crafts videos, check out our Crafting Magic page, as well as our Wizarding World YouTube channel.
by Angie · Published September 29, 2014 · Updated December 12, 2019
For my son’s Harry Potter Birthday party I got most of my free Harry Potter printables and decorations ideas from other sites. I am so grateful for the hard work of others! But I took some extra time to make a few of them and thought I would provide you with all the printables here!
I designed this banner to be printed out on 8.5×11 sized paper.
Free Printable Harry Potter Birthday Banner (PDF)
I bought this snitch as a decoration/birthday gift. It was so insanely cheap that my hopes weren’t really high, but I was surprised by how nice it looked and how well it has held up. It was perfect for the party and my son has had fun with it since.
I also made a Hogwarts Express Platform sign! I tried to make it like the one in the movie, but to fit a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.
Free Printable of Hogwarts Platform 9 3/4 Sign (jpg)
Crest made by GeijvonTaen
Here is the sign I used for the owl post. (Learn more about how we did Owl Post)
Download Owl Post Sign Printable (PDF)
My son loved this whomping willow sign we stuck in the front yard!
If you need printables for Honeydukes, including the Honeydukes banner and sign, see my post “Recreating Honeydukes for a Harry Potter Party.”
This was a fun little surprise in the bathroom! I made the Moaning Myrtle by having a photo of her copied on to a transparency to make her look more ghostly. I then cut her out and taped her to the toilet.
Harry Potter Potion Bottles
One of my favorite things were these potion bottles! I got the labels over at lovely overthebigmoon.com.
I started out by first just adding food coloring to some water to make the potions, but it looked really cheesy. So I started to add condiments and other kinds of food instead!
I did this one by adding cinnamon.
This was one of my faves, I used ketchup and then didn’t stir it around.
I found these two lovelies at the Dollar Store! For the first time I was glad that holiday decorations were starting to come out over two months early. They are perfect!
Hagrid’s Birthday Cake
This year I totally lucked out on the cake. It usually takes me a few hours the day before the party to make my kids’ cakes, but since B– wanted a cake like the one Hagrid made Harry it was crazy easy. I just did a three-layered chocolate cake and frosted it with pink frosting that was tinted with a little cocoa powder to make it look more like the color that was used in the movie. I then wrote on top with green frosting. Since my handwriting is already terrible and when I write with frosting it is even worse, it turned out perfect!
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I used this one at http://images4.fanpop.com/image/polls/750000/750615_1308477918833_full.jpg and made it black and white before I printed it out to make her look more ghostly. Once it is printed out on the transparency, I cut the background out and taped her to the toilet. She was one of my favorite decorations at the party and super easy to do!
Thank you so much for these great ideas and printables. You saved my daughter and I so much time by not having to create these banners by hand. Your website is delightful.
You’ve saved me a lot of time and brain power. Thank God for mommies like you.
Wow, I have been looking around the internet for a week now looking for help with my daughter’s Harry Potter birthday party. Your site is full of everything I was looking for and some surprises, like the Happy Birthday sign that I just printed our and love love love! I am sooo grateful for your generous heart and lovely style. I have greatly benefitted from you (and my daughter has, too). Thank you soooo much.
Found this just in time. I have been looking everywhere for a Platform 9 3/4 sign I could print out. I LOVE your design. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for this printable.
A new exhibition at the British Library in London reveals how author J.K. Rowling relied on the real history of magic and alchemy to create her wizarding world in ‘Harry Potter.’
LONDON—A six-foot scroll preserved since the 16th century is stretched out on a table offering instructions for the creation of a “philosopher’s stone.”
These sorcerer’s stones—which alchemists claimed would turn base metals into gold and grant their holders immortality—were the inspiration for the first Harry Potter book which was published exactly 20 years ago.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a new exhibition at the British Library, reveals the extent to which J.K. Rowling relied on the real history of magic and alchemy to create her wizarding world.
At the bottom of the scroll, the philosopher’s stone is represented by interconnected red and white orbs. Both of which are celebrated at Hogwarts: Albus (Latin for white) Dumbledore and Rubeus (Latin for red) Hagrid.
That these two pillars of Harry’s world are named in honor of the ancient traditions of alchemy reveals the surprising lengths taken by Rowling to weave real history into the stories—adding a genuine depth that may have helped the books become such a runaway success.
It also makes a mockery of the decision by U.S. publisher Scholastic to rename the first book in the series which was published in Britain as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. A year later, it appeared in American bookshops as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The legend of the philosopher’s stone was far from the only historic inspiration for Rowling. She used ancient texts to help create the mysterious ingredients of the potions and spells taught at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
“She has told us that she owns her own personal copy of Culpeper’s Herbal—that’s a 17th century book relating to the cultivation of plants and she used that to give her inspiration—for the herbology as well as the naming of characters,” lead curator Julian Harrison told The Daily Beast.
Harry Potter fans will delight in the centuries-old works that shaped the fictional world. An early edition of Culpeper’s Herbal—which was first published in 1652—is on display, open at its beguiling title page which promises “Upwards of one hundred… herbs, with a display of their medicinal and occult properties, physically applied to the cure of all disorders incident to mankind.”
Rowling used a worn, second-hand copy when she was writing the series, and was later gifted “a beautiful version” by Bloomsbury, the relatively small British publisher that was transformed into a global powerhouse by the success of the Harry Potter series.
Rowling’s original synopsis—that was rejected by most of the British publishing industry before Bloomsbury took a chance on her—is one of the original Harry Potter documents the author has lent to the exhibition.
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More intriguing are Rowling’s handwritten notes and ink drawings some of which show her grappling with the geography of the scenes she is describing in the books.
A rudimentary map of the Hogwarts’ grounds is heavily annotated and shows the school, the Whomping Willow, the Forbidden Forest, and the Quidditch stadium—where she has jotted: “Seats all around Quidditch pitch—3 long poles with hoops on at either end.”
The rest of the exhibition is packed with artefacts including ornate staffs, broomsticks and “dragon bones” used by people who have claimed to be blessed with magical powers over the centuries.
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Some of the objects, such as a large cast iron cauldron, have labels written by Rowling that once again show her academic interest in the real history of her subject as opposed to the fictionalized accounts.
“Cauldrons have had a magical association for centuries. They appear in hundreds of years’ worth of pictures of witches,” Rowling writes. “Many folk and fairy tales make mention of cauldrons with special powers, but in the Harry Potter books they are a fairly mundane tool.”
The British Library has already sold 30,000 tickets for the exhibition which runs until February, before transferring to the New York Historical Society in October 2018. It is almost certain to be the most popular show ever staged at the world’s largest library.
The show may lack the thrill of the overwhelming “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios in Orlando, but ambling through the rooms of the historic books used by Rowling–as well as her sketches and the early drafts—you begin to feel that you can see the alchemy that forged the most successful book series of all time.
Harry Potter: A History Of Magic is at the British Library, London, until Feb. 28, 2018.
It doesn’t really matter who you ask – nearly everybody loves Harry Potter.
J.K. Rowling’s fictional series about a boy wizard with the weight of the magical world on his shoulders is truly brilliant, and to this day, it captures the imagination of millions of people.
The subsequent movies that followed were also iconic, enabling hundreds of millions of fans across the globe to visualise and experience the enthralling series like never before.
But fandom for the written and cinematic franchise can only go so far, right?
Well, one home in Florida, America, is challenging the concept of what it means to be a Potterhead.
This home in Florida, America, has the most unbelievable interior decorations. (Zillow)
Sure, the exterior of this two-storey, eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom residence appears relatively pedestrian, but what lurks inside its contemporary exterior beggar’s belief.
We’re not quite sure how they’ve been able to accomplish this, but somehow, the owners of this property have managed to fit an incredible Harry Potter-themed homage in the home’s lower level.
Accessible through a rotating brick wall that reads ‘Platform 9¾’, occupants are greeted by a full-size replica of the Hogwarts Express steam train (yes, really).
Yep, you can access Platform 9¾ through a hidden rotating door. Amazing. (Zillow) Harry Potter and his mate Dobby will be thrilled to see you on the platform. (Zillow)
The unbelievable train sits next to the fabled magical Kings Cross platform, which has been fitted with life-sized recreations of Harry Potter, Dobby and the Whomping Willow.
And the best part of all? The train has its own sleeper carriage with two ornate beds, which would surely make for the best sleepover ever.
All aboard! A Potterhead’s ultimate sleeping situation? Almost certainly. (Zillow) Sage words of advice from Dumbledore emblazoned on the dual shower doors. (Zillow)
There’s also a themed bathroom with frosted glass covering two showers with quotes from the fictional character Albus Dumbledore.
And, if Harry Potter isn’t to your liking, firstly, shame on you, and secondly, don’t stress, because this home has other movie-themed surprises just around the corner.
The house’s vibrant games room is a veritable shrine to Marvel’s Avengers, replete with Avengers office chairs, a giant mural and the fictitious group’s ‘A’ logo.
If Harry Potter isn’t your thing, how about a games room celebrating the Avengers? (Zillow)
Elsewhere in the staggering abode, there’s also a bedroom styled to look like Belle’s bedroom from Beauty and the Beast.
As for the rest of the residence, it’s pretty awesome, in more traditional ways.
This Beauty and the Beast-themed room will make you feel like the Belle of the ball. (Zillow) Unsurprisingly, the Florida home also has a very impressive home theatre room. (Zillow) There’s also an excellent looking pool overlooking a lush private golf course. (Zillow)
There’s a huge home theatre (of course), swimming pool and spa, professional kitchen, home gym, wet bar, rooftop terrace and a stunning alfresco area that looks out onto a private golf course.
Priced at $7.6 million, the staggering movie-themed home is by no means cheap (you may need to rob Gringotts Bank), but for the ultimate fan of Harry Potter, this place is surely priceless.
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Calling all bored muggles! If you find yourself with a lot of free time on your hands, a Harry Potter marathon might be just the ticket to bring a little magic back into your life. But you may be wondering, how exactly can you board the Hogwarts Express for a nearly 20-hour cinematic adventure with Harry Potter and his friends into the Wizarding World?
Potterheads who head to Peacock will be happy to learn that all eight films are available on the streaming service! But, if you want other options, then we’ve gone ahead and rounded up other sites where you can watch and stream the eight Harry Potter movies, which are based on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling book series.
Let the magical journey begin with our guide to watching and streaming all of the Harry Potter movies.
How to stream all the the Harry Potter movies
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
You’re a wizard, Harry…or so Daniel Radcliffe‘s character learns in the first movie of the franchise. After the truth is revealed, orphaned Harry Potter begins his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry does not heed Dobby the house elf’s warning to not return to Hogwarts. Dobby warned of a plot to make terrible things happen. However, Harry goes back anyway for his second year at the school, where the Chamber of Secrets has been opened.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
A murderer named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and seems to pose a threat to Harry, who is now in his third year at Hogwarts.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Hogwarts plays host to the dangerous Triwizard Tournament, which Harry mysteriously ends up competing in.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
With the return of Lord Voldemort, Harry prepares to fight with his own army of friends, while Hogwarts sees a change in power.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry, in his sixth year at Hogwarts, discovers an old book that was once the “Property of the Half-Blood Prince.” With Dumbledore‘s Pensieve, the young wizard learns more about Voldemort’s dark past.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry and his pals, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), set out on a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, which house fragments of Voldemort’s soul that make him immortal.
Where to stream Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
It all comes down to one final battle between “The Boy Who Lived” and Lord Voldemort.
Wondering what to watch after Harry Potter? Then tune into these Pixar films on Disney+.
One of my favorite things to do at home with the kids is binge watch the Harry Potter movies? That is what I am doing right now, as I am writing this blog post. I am watching Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
This movie inspired me to put together a list of fun and free Harry Potter printables and coloring sheets. These are perfect to bring some Harry Potter magic to your home. You can use one free printable or all of them for a Harry Potter Party, Halloween Party, birthday party, or just for fun. These are simple DIY activities for any muggle or wizard.
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Harry Potter Bookmarks
This summer, our kids have been reading a lot of books. This is such a great way to pass the time by reading Wizarding World books. We found these house bookmarks from The Scrapshoppe Blog. These are super cute!
Harry Potter Maze
We love the Harry Potter Maze by Lovely Planner! This is a cute printable, perfect for any muggle.
This maze made me think about the Wizards Way home we stayed in during a recent visit to Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This whole house is themed after Harry Potter. It is amazing! Check it out.
Owl Coloring Sheet
This is one of my favorite coloring sheets for kids and adults. I printed this one out to color, while watching Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. It is a great adult coloring sheet. This is also a great goodie bag coloring sheet for party ideas.
Harry Potter Crossword Puzzle
Lovely Planner also has this matching crossword puzzle. You can print this freebie from home to keep your Harry Potter fans busy at home.
Harry Potter Daily Planner
Are your kids homeschooling now? We know this can be tough for kids and parents. We have been homeschooling for years, so we know it can be challenging. Having a daily planner can really help keep your kids on task. 😀
This is a fun daily planner for any muggle or wizard!
Harry Potter Word Search
Your kids will love searching for Harry Potter characters like Dumbledore, Hedwig, Luna, and more. This is another great Harry Potter activity for a classroom, Harry Potter themed party, or while watching a movie.
Another cute planner is this weekly planned by The Cottage Market, perfect to plan out a week of school.
I Spy Harry Potter
I love this printable! You and your kids can race to see who can find all of the Harry Potter items in this game of I Spy. You can blow this up onto a poster board to create Harry Potter party printables to play during your party. Can you find everything?
Hogwarts Castle Coloring Sheet
Your wizards will love to color this picture of Hogwarts Castle. Just print from home and start coloring.
Harry Potter Bookmarks
We love these Harry Potter bookmarks! So cute!
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Dobby Coloring Sheet
One of my favorite scenes in any Harry Potter movie is when Harry tricks Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby the sock. I love that scene!
Here is a cute Lego Dobby coloring sheet for your kids.
Harry Potter Calendar
The days always blend together in our family. We love this free printable Harry Potter calendar. We can print out one copy or one each week to keep everyone on task.
Print out this calendar with different Harry Potter characters each month. This is a fun way to count down the days!
Lego Harry Potter Friends
Another cute Lego coloring sheet with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Hogwarts Crest Coloring Sheet
Print out this coloring sheet with the Hogwarts Crest. Perfect activity for any wizard.
Sorting Hat Quiz
Do you know what Hogwarts House you are in? In our house, we have 2 Hufflepuffs, one Gryffindor, and one Slyterthin.
Take this Sorting Hat quiz to determine if your are a house divided! 😉
Harry Potter Pixel Art
This is a great printable to keep your kiddos busy! They color with a crayon or pencil pixel by pixel. Once they are finished they will have a picture of their favorite Harry Potter character.
Harry Potter Word Scramble
This is a great homeschool activity for any Harry Potter fan. Your kids can work on this word scramble, while you make some Butterbeers for a snack. One of our favorite Butterbeer receipes includes only 3 ingredients.
Hufflepuff Coloring Sheet
Are you a Hufflepuff? Print out this crest to color.
Ravenclaw Crest Coloring Sheet
For those Ravenclaws in your family, this is the perfect coloring sheet. 😀
Slytherin Color by Number
We love this Slytherin Crest. You just color by number to create the perfect Slytherin Crest.
Print out this Gryffindor Crest to color with crayons or coloring pencils at home.
We love this Rewards Chart to track all of the books our kids can read during the quarantine. What would you use this Rewards Chat for?
We hope these Harry Potter coloring sheets and printables will keep your family busy during the quarantine.
For other activities to keep busy, check out our Harry Potter crafts and Harry Potter recipes. These activities include a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, Sorting Hat Cupcake Activities, House Banners, and more.
We even searched the internet to find the very best Butterbeer recipes. This list is so good that Google ranked this list #1! 😀
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Creating your own comic strips are awesome ways to add writing fun to your time with your kids. As part of your homeschool or family life, DIY comic strips provide your kids with opportunities to imagine, draw, and write. Add a touch of Harry Potter inspiration and your writing fun can soar to new heights!
To get your FREE printable pack of Harry Potter-Inspired Comic Strips for Writing Fun, CLICK HERE or on the image below. Read on to find out more about these Comic Strips and how you can use to boost learning fun.
How We Use Harry Potter-Inspired Comic Strips for Writing Fun!
My boys and I love to use comic strips for writing fun in our homeschool. My younger boys often just doodle pictures and narrate as I jot down their stories. My older boys really get into it! They love to outline comic strip series with new characters or modify existing ones.
Comic strips offer your kids the chance to practice drawing, planning, and writing. Your kids are encouraged to think sequentially (or with flashbacks!) and how to make their story make sense. Also, comic strips have limited space so storylines often need to be condensed or have an interesting transition.
Free Writing Fun for Kids with Harry Potter-Inspired Comic Strips
This free printable pack will help you and your kids get started creating comic strips for writing fun. The Harry Potter-Inspired elements can boost engagement and spark new ways to process and present the popular series.
You will receive:
- Comic strip planners for 4-, 6-, and 8-boxes
- Comic strip templates for 4-, 6-, and 8-boxes
- Harry Potter-Inspired icons to use or trace
I would love for you to join us in our Harry-Potter Inspired writing fun! To access your FREE printable pack, subscribe to Rock Your Homeschool! You will receive weekly email updates with homeschool encouragement, resources, and tips. Plus, RYHS subscribers receive a super secret password to access all freebies! CLICK HERE or on the image below!
More Harry Potter-Inspired Fun with a FREE printable Bingo Game!
Make sure to check out all wonderful ways to celebrate at the Harry Potter Hopscotch!
A free, online Harry Potter-themed escape room that you can play by yourself or with friends!
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Welcome wizards, witches and other magical folks!
Discover secrets during your first year at Hogwarts, follow your favourite classes, make new friends and experience adventures together. And donвЂ™t forget about your exams, of course!
About the story
The story starts when you receive your long awaited Hogwarts letter. On your way to school you make a new friend, who fits in well with your friend group. One afternoon you discover that she has disappeared. Could this have anything to do with her biggest secret? Can you figure out what happened to her?
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It’s no surprise, that I love to organise my children’s birthday parties. Recently, I shared a post here on the blog about planning my daughters 13th Harry Potter Birthday party and today? I’m sharing how to make your own Harry Potter Birthday invitations! With the help of the Harry Potter birthday invitation template, I will share in this blog post!
They were super simple to make and throughout this post, I’ll share with you where I found the templates I used for both the ticket and the envelope. As well as sharing where I found the extra bits to make the invitations magical.
First of all, as I’ve mentioned many times before, I absolutely love a good themed birthday party. I always get far too excited and invest so much of myself into making them come to life. I never even think about having all of these party props sitting in my attic . But every now and again they come in handy and I can just pop up, grab what I need and make any birthday celebration that little bit more fun. I mean, you know an inflatable microphone and a tinsel wig are amazing for any get together!
However, these Harry Potter invitations were really simple to make and this is how you can make them too and here’s what you’ll need;
The Hogwarts express ticket template has room on it to add whose party it is and then on the blank side, you can add the where & when details. I used Canva to do this and the Harry Potter font is pretty cool, too.
After I added the information to my ticket invitations, I printed them out on my HP Deskjet 3700. Next, I cut them all out and laminated them all. Followed by cutting around each ticket to make them look as authentic as possible.
For the envelopes, I made them ever so slightly larger on Canva then printed them off. I then cut them out and folded them accordingly.
The next part was the most exciting part – or at least, I thought so anyway! Once I got the seal wax stamp, I used it that day and obviously to see if it worked OK. News flash – it worked amazingly well! Hence, why I was so excited to be stamping the finished invitations. And it was such a fun thing to finally get around to doing!
I think the seal wax stamp gives the invitations a real touch of magic to them, don’t you think? It’s certainly not something you see every day and that’s what I love about them. The only things I needed to buy to make these was the stamp kit because I always have laminating sheets at home anyway. So making these was really, really easy and as you can see, they turned out pretty well.
Now that the harry potter party invitations are made and put aside for handing out, as well as the Cornish Pixie Lantern
I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
It may be a family-friendly franchise, but Harry Potter slipped in a naughty sex scene that you probably missed.
Yes, that’s right. In movie number three, no less.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was pretty awesome, and first introduced the Marauder’s Map – a magical map of Hogwarts which shows the location of every single person at the school grounds.
And it’s through this Marauder’s Map that viewers who stuck around for the end credits can see two people (Students? Teachers? Uh, ghosts?) doing the business.
Check the bottom left – specifically, the two pairs of footsteps which show one person’s feet pointing the opposite direction and in between the other.
The Huffington Post actually spoke with the man who designed the end credits. And he likes to interpret the footsteps as two people kissing – which is boring. (We also don’t believe him.)
“Maybe it was meant to be Harry, but we’ve all been kids. We’ve all been in school and stuff,” he said. “It was just a sort of little peck on the cheek.
“[They] are in an embrace. not having sex as everyone says.”
Elsewhere, JK Rowling has flat-out denied all of the rumours and speculation that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to the big screen with original stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Sorry.
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Laura and Dan have put their home of eight years up for sale
- 07:10, 9 MAY 2022
A couple have created a Harry Potter paradise in their townhouse. The three-storey house has a living room, family bathroom, four bedrooms and an en-suite – but it’s the ground floor toilet that’s the star of the show.
Over an eight month period over lockdown, couple Laura and Dan transformed their downstairs loo into a Harry Potter paradise. The lavatory is kitted out with the Marauder’s Map on three walls, Snitch-inspired golden paint, and a stained glass effect on the window, along with a ceiling of blue sky with white clouds painted by Dan.
Laura says she remembered the hype surrounding the first book when she was selling it as a 16-year-old working in Kwik Save. While Dan first encountered the series when his private school took students to the cinema, reports the Echo.
He said: “I grew up with it in the sense that I was somewhat the same age as the characters, and as we’ve got older, they’ve got older.”
Now the “very homely home” they’ve lived in for more than eight years is on sale for £270,000, they hope other Potter fans will take it into their hands. But they believe anyone can enjoy it. Laura said: “Some people say, ‘Yeah, we’ve watched Harry Potter, but we’re not fans’, but the amount of times they’ve gone in to use the bathroom and the next minute, you can hear the music box going.”
She added: “It’s a conversation starter, and you can’t take away from the fact that it is very different, it’s very vibrant, and it’s been done to a very high standard.”
The Rosswood Road property in Ellesmere Port also comes with an integral garage, two parking spaces, and a landscaped rear garden that provides “the most romantic and tranquil oasis”. Real estate agents Tate Rowlands said: “The property is in the perfect location with easy access to the M53 motorway and being close to the many local amenities, such as local pubs, shops and the popular Cheshire Oaks designer outlet. There are also a range of excellent primary and secondary schools within the property catchment.”
What’s more exciting that receiving a party invitation? Well, if you are a fan of all things Harry Potter, receiving a party invitation in the style of a Hogwarts Acceptance letter takes the cake.
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The day of Emma’s Harry Potter party has finally arrived, and I’m super excited to show you all the projects I’ve made for her birthday celebration. Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing lots of the crafty projects I’ve made for the party, as well as some recipes and the final Harry Potter party reveal over on My Poppet LIVING.
Today I thought I’d start at the beginning with the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Party Invitations. I’ve created my own Harry Potter invitation template in the style of a scroll from a few web resources available via creative commons. And I’ve also included a printable Hogwarts letter template so you can make your own.
It’s easy to print your own Harry Potter party invitations. Just download the PDF, and add text in your favourite word processing or photo editing software.
I’ve overlaid my text in Photoshop, but you can use Canva, MS Word or Pages for mac. Anything that lets you overlay text onto an image will work.
For lovers of snail mail, this template also makes fun letter paper for handwritten letters. Add a Hogwarts Wax seal to make the letter extra special
I’ve also added a ticket for the Hogwarts Express just for a bit of fun. You can download your own version from this source, or purchase a replica Hogwarts Express Ticket with gold foil, just like in the movie.
DIY Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Party Invitation
You will need:
- Printer and Ink
- A4 paper
- Hogwarts Letterhead Template – Download here
- Brown paper or parchment envelope
- Sealing wax and stamp (optional) – or use this handy DIY Sealing Wax alternative
Hogwarts acceptance letter template
Harry Potter Acceptance Letter Template element sources – Parchment roll file, Hogwarts Crest file.
How to make your own Harry Potter Invitations:
1. Download the template file. Drag it onto an A4 document in word, pages or Photoshop.
2. Open a text box and insert the suggested text, changing all the relevant information. Select a suitable old style looking font, and change the colour to green, just like a Hogwarts letter. If you don’t require Harry Potter birthday invitations, you can remove the reference to ‘birthday’ in the text.
We are please to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a celebration of [name] Birthday.
Please join us at [time] on 2022 at [address].
Traditional wizarding robes will be provided. Please find enclosed your ticket for the Hogwarts Express.
We await your owl post RSVP. If you must, you may use muggle methods contact the Admissions Officer via [phone number].
Minerva McGonagall (or your name)
3. Print out as many copies of the Harry Potter letter template as required.
4. If desired you can cut out the scroll for a more authentic effect.
5. Don’t forget to add a ticket to the Hogwarts Express.
6. Wrap in brown paper or insert into a parchment envelope and add a melted wax seal if desired. If you’d like to make your own brown paper envelope, I have an envelope template you can use.
I’ve used a melted red crayon to make my seal – read all about it here. But if you want to be extra authentic, this Wax Seal Kit with the official Hogwarts seal stamp would look amazing.
Emma’s friends were super excited to receive their Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Party Invitations – the anticipation for Emma’s Harry Potter Party was at an all time high!
They even brought along their Harry Potter letter and Hogwarts Express Ticket for entrance to the party. Emma collected the train tickets at the door. It was really cute.
Check out more Harry Potter Party projects in the links below!
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Book Banning and Censorship Battles
The Harry Potter controversy has gone on, in one form or another, for years, particularly before the series ended. On one side of the Harry Potter controversy are those who say that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are wonderful fantasy novels with powerful messages for kids and the ability to make even reluctant readers eager readers. On the opposing end are those who say that the Harry Potter books are evil books designed to promote an interest in the occult, since Harry Potter, the hero of the series, is a wizard.
In a number of states, there have been attempts, some successful and some unsuccessful, to have the Harry Potter books banned in classrooms, and banned or under severe restrictions in school libraries. For example, in Gwinnett County, Georgia, a parent challenged the Harry Potter books on the grounds that they promoted witchcraft. When school officials ruled against her, she went to the State Board of Education. When the BOE confirmed the right of local school officials to make such decisions, she took her battle against the books to court. Although the judge ruled against her, she indicated she might continue her fight against the series.
As a result of all the attempts to ban the Harry Potter books, those in favor of the series also began speaking out.
kidSPEAK Speaks Out
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the Association of Booksellers for Children, the Children’s Book Council, the Freedom to Read Foundation, the National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Council of Teachers of English, the PEN American Center, and the People for the American Way Foundation. What do these groups have in common?
They were all sponsors of kidSPEAK!, which was initially called Muggles for Harry Potter (because in the Harry Potter series, a Muggle is a non-magical person). The organization was dedicated to helping kids with their First Amendment rights. The group was most active in the early 2000s when the Harry Potter controversy was at its height.
Challenges and Support for the Harry Potter Series
There have been challenges in more than a dozen states. The Harry Potter books were number seven on the American Library Association’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000, and they were number one on the ALA’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009.
The End of the Series Generates New Views
With the publication of the seventh and final book in the series, some people began to look back over the entire series and wonder if it might not be a Christian allegory. In his three-part article, Harry Potter: Christian Allegory or Occultist Children’s Books? reviewer Aaron Mead suggests that Christian parents should enjoy the Harry Potter stories but focus on their theological symbolism and message.
Whether or not you share the view that it is wrong to censor the Harry Potter books, they have value by giving parents and teachers the opportunity offered by the series to increase their children’s interest in reading and writing and use the books to promote family discussions about issues that might otherwise not be discussed.
Reading all the books in the series will allow you to make an informed decision about the Harry Potter books for your children. Participate in Banned Books Week activities, educate yourself about your community’s and school district’s policies, and speak out as needed.