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10 Magical Ideas For Any Harry Potter Party

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There is one thing that I wish I could have had as a kid and that’s a Harry Potter party! I was lucky in the fact that my parents were great at doing parties for me! My dad made the best jam sandwiches! Something I still love to this day so thanks Dad!

It doesn’t matter how old you get, you are never too old for a party!

Before you say it, I know that most kids get them and adults get them on specific birthdays. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little Harry Potter Potter party on your special day. It’s a little too short notice for my birthday (it’s next month) but I’m still going to share some ideas on how you can make a normal party into a magical one.

Game Ideas

Pin the scar on the Harry:

You’ve heard of ‘Pin the tail on the donkey’, but this is pinning Harry’s scar onto his forehead. Another pin game you can have is ‘Pin the nose on Voldemort’. It sounds like amazing fun and it would be brilliant to see how close people get!

Indoor Chaser Practice:

If I could I would totally play Quidditch! I’m so athletically challenged so would be horrendous at any position but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try. A great way to discover a future Chaser is to build either build a mini table one with bottles, glow sticks and cups or a bigger one with buckets, poles and hula-hoops. The big one is awesome with red balloons as quaffles!

Horcrux Hunt:

Harry, Ron and Hermione obviously go on their hunt for the Horcruxes in Deathly Hallows so that would make a fun game! A Horcrux scavanger hunt! You get a handful of clues and have to search around for each Horcrux. Depending on how big your party is, you could even work in teams!

Harry Potter Scramble:

It’s exactly what it sounds like.

You get a list of Harry Potter items/characters and you have a certain amount of time to try and unscramble them all. I have actually played this game at a couple of midnight launches and it’s amazing how hard a couple can be!

Flying Keys:

Feeling a little hangry? Try playing ‘Flying Keys’! All you have to do is have a broomstick, attach 3 gummy/chocolate keys to it with strong string and, without using your hands, you have to catch/eat the key first.

Catch the Death-Eater:

Did anyone ever play the game ‘Wink Murderer’ at school? The basic idea is that a detective is picked, sent out the room and then a murderer is picked. The detective has to find out who the murderer is and the murderer has to secretly wink at someone which kills them.

You can totally do this at a Harry Potter party!

Instead of a detective, it’s an auror and instead of a murderer, it’s a Death-Eater.

Instead of a wink, you have to pretend to flick your wand at someone to kill them with the Killing Curse.

Food Ideas

Hufflepuff Puffs/Pizza Puffs:

There are so many things you can do with House foods! I love the idea of having either puff crisps like Wotsits or Hippeas as a snack or pizza puff bites! It’ll be easy to make these vegeterian/gluten-free too!

Sorting Cupcakes:

Every Harry Potter fan wants to be Sorted into their Hogwarts House! If they haven’t been Sorted yet, why not make it fun for them by finding out through cake! You can either make yourself some cupcakes or fairy cakes, make a hole on top and pop either red, yellow, blue or green icing inside. That way, when a person bites into the cake, the person sees what House they’re in.

Better than eating an old hat!

Fruit Owl:

Who doesn’t love food being shaped into different things! If you want a more healthier treat for your party, then why not have a fruit salad in the shape of an owl. At least it won’t bring you mail from your dentist! Haha.

Honeydukes:

Have the funds left for food? Treat your Harry Potter party to actual Wizarding World sweets! You have Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Pepper Imps, Chocolate Frogs, Fizzing Whizz-Bees. There are so many to choose from and, if you don’t all that much money, then buy normal sweets and add magical signs to them.

Children love the idea of sweets regardless!

There are so many other things you can do for a party like this! You can have invitations made like a Hogwarts letter, handmade wands as party favours, potions for drinks. You name it, I’m sure there is a Potter spin you can do on it! If you do have a Potter party, then have an amazing one and hopefully this post has given you some ideas!

What would you have your Harry Potter party?

 

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What’s Realistically On My Christmas List?

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Over the years I’ve seen some gift guides that are so unrealistic. They tend to show off Christmas wishlists that either show off or that aren’t physically possible for most people. I love reading and watching people who do showcase luxury items, but I know I’d never be able to afford all of those.

That’s why I wanted to make a realistic Christmas wishlist of items that I know I should be able to get myself this year. I guess this isn’t so much of a wishlist since I’m the only person buying presents for me. That said, life can happen and this time of year is when I allow myself to treat myself to things I’ve been putting off all year.

Chanel No.5

Daisy, you just told us that you wanted to be realistic so why have you started with a super expensive perfume? Believe me, I know that this is expensive but I have my reasons. Chanel was my Mum’s favourite perfume and I’ve really missed the smell of it over the last couple of years. As I know I can’t afford the actual perfume (maybe next year?), I’m planning on getting the deodrant version!

It still smells like the perfume and that is all that matters to me!

2020 Diary

For nearly 10 years I’ve been keeping a journal. I might even do a post about them soon but there is a specific brand of journal that I use and I love it!

I love using ones from WHSmith!

I can’t handle diaries that only have room for a little bit of writing! My writing is like my speech…I don’t know when to shut up. If I have a lot of stuff going on in my head, then I need enough space to chat. It’s the same when I’ve done something really cool and want to remember, I need to add in objects! I really should make a scrapbook…maybe I’ll do that for next year!

What I find with the WHSmith diaries is that some come with the rings so I can fold back the cover and get more room to manoeuvre. That and the front covers are gorgeous!! I’m loving the one I’ve chosen for 2020! It’s very blogger! Haha!

Calendar

You can blame one of my aunties for this!

She always had a calendar on her wall every time I used to visit to write down birthdays and important dates. Since my brain tends to be a little slow and doesn’t always remember things, I have to write down dates in multiple places to remember. I have my diary, my phone and my calendar.

The ones from the Calendar Club are my favourite because they always stock my favourite fandoms there such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Star Wars and Sherlock!

Which fandom do you think I’ll choose for my Christmas wishlist this year?

Pyjamas

Before you think I’ve either regressed back to being a kid or entered grandma status, don’t knock pyjamas!

Every year as a kid, I was bought PJs and I loved them! I could never do the t-shirt and shorts combo because, when you have thunder thighs, they don’t look good. That said, I adore the fluffy PJs from Primark. Again since they’re normally from my favourite fandoms: Harry Potter and Disney.

The ones I have are Harry Potter and they’ll speak for themselves when you see them in my ‘What I Got For Christmas’ haul.

Funko Pop

I very rarely buy myself a Funko pop during the year even though there are so many I want. I could literally have a whole wall of them and I’d be happy but I can’t. I need to have reasons why I’m allowed to buy one and these are usually at Christmas and for my birthday.

Even then I struggle!

It’s hard work being a fangirl of multiple fandoms sometimes. I’ve been going into my local Entertainer store to gaze upon all of their Funko pops because they’re so pretty! They have special edition Marvel ones for Christmas, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Frozen 2 and more. Do you think, if I wish really hard, that maybe I’ll win the lottery so I can give majority to charity and then spend the rest on Funkos? Haha.

I’ve chosen my one for this Christmas and it makes me so happy to own it at last!!

Now if only we could get Cursed Child ones! That would make this Christmas wishlist super special!

Something Harry Potter

This sounds so random but I can never decide what I want until the start of December. I guess the impending countdown is enough to make me choose. It doesn’t help that there is so much Harry Potter merchandise to choose from these days! It makes it difficult, okay?!

Do I get a wand? A jigsaw? A game? A film prop?

So. Much. Stuff!!

Even as I write this, I have zero clue what I should get. Okay, scrap that…I have an inkling of what I want to get but it might be a birthday gift instead.

It’s a choice between either Tonk’s wand or Bunty’s wand!

What I’ve discovered for this Christmas is that I’m actually getting 2 gifts that I don’t know!! I’ve taken part in a special bookish Secret Santa created by Mols with a group of other book fans and I’m so excited! The other gift will be from Ali who is sneaky and already sent mine off! Since we’re basically twins, I already had hers wrapped so take that, Miss Caitrin!

What is your own realistic Christmas wishlist this year?

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Preparing For The Black Friday Sales | Wishlist and Sanity

Next Friday is that extra crazy day in the year where people dive into shops to get the best deals. That’s right…Black Friday! Well, it seems crazy in the US whereas over here…not so much. I know my town doesn’t really bother with it so a lot of stuff I do see comes from online. I’ve seen quite a few of my favourite bloggers and vloggers do posts about any codes that they see and wishlists! I definitely won’t be as great as them but I’m going to do my best for you!

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Before you panic, Black Friday isn’t tomorrow so don’t worry! It starts on 29th November which is next Friday. Since I’m not going to be able to shop til I drop, I’m just going to look for that one thing that really has my interest.

Argos

Did you know that Argos has already kicked off an early sale on their website of Disney/Marvel stuff?! It’s true! If you use the code star20 on this page, you can get 20% off and I really want to buy everything!! All of the new Frozen merch looks incredible and makes me feel like a kid again!

Some of the amazing products are:

Boots

If there is one place that I like to check out more affordable beauty and skincare, it has to be Boots. They usually have some great deals too! Their Black Friday actually started today and some of their best products have been knocked down by 50%!!

Very

I’ve seen Very being mentioned on so many posts and in vlogs that I thought I’d check out what they have on there. Heads-up: they have some Harry Potter goodies under their Black Friday deals! Happy days, Very!! From Yule Ball dolls to walkie talkies, you name it and they have it in their deals. I never even thought to look on this site for them because you

This post could literally go on forever with all the deals you’ll be able to get. However, as short as this little post is, I just chose what I would have bought. Either for myself, a friend or one of their children! All small fangirls and fanboys have to start somewhere and when better than now!

If you’d like to see an actual Black Friday wishlist from me, then stay tuned and see the return of my awful graphic making skills!! Haha! Oh and if you want some actual tips from someone who knows what they’re talking about, you need to check out Josie at Fashion Mumblr! She’s come up with some mistakes you should avoid.

What are you hoping to buy (if anything) next Friday?

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Remembering Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Can you believe that it has been 18 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was shown in cinemas? That makes me both feel old and amazed! Like the saying goes, it only feels like yesterday…

The thing is I actually do remember everything about my first time seeing the film!

Before I chat about that, I thought I’d remember my first thoughts on hearing that Harry Potter was being turned into a film franchise. I first heard about it in the same way that Rupert Grint did: through an episode of Newsround. Back then you could apply to audition for the roles of Harry, Ron and Hermione through sending a picture of yourself and some information.

Did I send in MY information? Nope, I was just one year too old to audition but I did find another way to be a part of the Philosopher’s Stone.

I was an extra!!

This was my first ever time on any kind of set and it was the best kind of experience for any Harry Potter fan! Even though you only saw like half of your head or recognised your blurry blob in the background, it was still so much fun! Chris Columbus was the sweetest director and you honestly didn’t feel like just an extra, but apart of the cast.

I can actually spot myself getting off the Hogwarts Express and sitting in the Great Hall.

Back to being a fan!

Just because I was an extra doesn’t mean that I knew everything that was going to happen. I was only in a handful of scenes and then went back to muggle school. I didn’t see any mentions again until I saw the teaser trailer on GMTV.

The music at the start is embedded into my soul! Still get chills every time I hear it!

When the film was finally released on 16th November 2001, my mum probably dreaded the day. She may have had to put up with me going on and on about the film coming out. That and I had already developed a bit of a crush on Rupert Grint by this time.

I was 14, people!

It might seem a little weird, but I actually collected magazines chatting about the film from everywhere. I still have them! There was something that made me super excited every time I saw it mentioned in either a magazine or a newspaper. My poor mum even drove me to different shops so I could buy certain papers that had Harry Potter mentioned. My old English teacher (RIP Mrs Roberts!) even brought in little magazines to school to read at break-time. She knew that Harry Potter really helped me out and this is such an incredible memory to have.

I ended up convincing Mum to take me to a better cinema an hour away from where we live so I could see it in the best quality! This one was an Odeon and my mind was blown! We were sitting at the front so kind of had to crane our necks a little.

My favourite moment of all time has to be the scene where we see Hogwarts for the first time. John Williams created such a magical score! My heart may or may not have been beating super quick during that moment!

As for loving the cast, I knew that I would adore seeing Dan, Rupert and Emma playing Harry, Ron and Hermione for years to come. I didn’t get to chat to them that much but my claim to fame is playing a hand-clapping game and using a paper fortune-teller with Emma.

In honour of this anniversary, I’m going to grab some popcorn and watch the film!

What are your memories of seeing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time?

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AD | Hogwarts Great Hall and Tower (Harry Potter Village)

I bet every fellow Harry Potter fan has been waiting for that special day when they received their letter! Well, that day came for me today! I finally went to Hogwarts!! So…the school might be teeny compared to the actual thing, but this halfblood is going to take what she can get.

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What I always loved about Hogwarts is that it isn’t just a simple castle, but almost like a patchwork quilt. Bits and pieces added to help students have their best time at boarding school. I can imagine the Founders looking at that plot of land in Scotland, wondering what their castle was going to look like to the first ever students.

A tower here, a dungeon there, a secret hidden Chamber with a potential deadly creature for good measure.

There are so many little copies of the school from Lego to baby Hogwarts models. Dept56 is taken all of that and seem to literally be creating the Wizarding World! They have an Ollivanders, the Burrow, the Hogwarts Express, Hagrid’s Hut, Quidditch Pitch and the Astronomy Tower.

The model in the picture is the Great Hall and Tower*!

Yes, I did try to have a look for the Gryffindor Common Room but the magic must’ve known I was a Hufflepuff. Now I know what Gulliver must have felt like! I am in awe at all the detail they managed to put into this! All the windows, the bricks, the tiles on the towers, the clocktower, chimneys and more! All the love makes me such a proud Harry Potter fan!

You can’t have a Hogwarts without Dumbledore and a student. A certain Harry Potter…never heard of him. These are sold seperately but…you can’t have a Hogwarts without them!!

We know that Hogwarts is a school of witchcraft and wizardry, but that magic works even in the muggle world! Do you want to see what I mean? Scroll down a bit!!

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This Hogwarts model may be a hefty £180 but for the amount of detail, the scale and that it would make an incredible piece for your collection, I reckon this would be a perfect gift! If you’re like me, you’d probably have to save up for a while to afford it but I know you’re worth the effort.

What do you think of this model?

*This post contains a gifted item but all opinions given are entirely my own. 

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 2)

There are so many things out there that you can get for a Harry Potter gift that I’ve had to make my gift guide two parts! Not that I mind, of course! Creating this particular guide is giving some great ideas on what to treat myself for surviving the year! Haha!

If you haven’t seen Part One, feel free to go check it out first! It’s not essential, but it would make me a happy fandom blogger!

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Teens/Adults

Forbidden forest winter coat (EMP – £119 to £129)

Daisy! You’re starting off with a super expensive thing?! What?! I know, I know! Once you see how awesome this coat is, however, you’ll understand! This coat has a gorgeous design on both the front and the back! Though, if you’re scared of spiders, this might not be for you. It comes with a detachable cape, buttons with the Hogwarts logo, removable faux-fur on the hood and sleeves, two side pockets and even an inside pocket (for your wand!)

With the weather that Hogsmeade gets, it’s better to be wrapped up warm! Another thing I love is that it caters for all! It goes for XS up to 5XL!

Patronus Jeans Jacket (EMP – £39.99)

One of my favourite spells in Harry Potter has to be ‘Expecto Patronum’! The idea of being able to create a guardian/light against a darkness sounds perfect for my mental health. When I saw that EMP had a Patronus jean jacket, I knew I must include it!

There are beads on the shoulders, a stag print on the back with Sirius’ quote: ‘The ones that love us never truly leave us’. I think it’s a fitting thing especially if you’ve lost a loved one over the years.

Marauder’s Map High-Top Sneakers (EMP – £32.99)

As much as Vans are a great brand, I didn’t really like the Potter designs they created.

These sneakers have a much better design! They’re a fun black and red colour with a white design of the Marauder’s Map and footprints all over. Simple but still really fun! They range from Size 4 to 10!

Hedwig Handbag (Loungefly – £55.99)

It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter gift guide without something with Hedwig on it!

Depending on what store you shop at, depends on the quality of the Potter handbag or the design. Yeah…kind of tired of seeing the chibi characters everywhere! That said, I’ve heard such incredible things about products from Loungefly and had to show you this gorgeous Hedwig bag. It has her, a Hogwarts letter, yellow & red flowers and a Deathly Hallow symbol on the front!

It’s not a massive bag but has a long shoulder strap, handles for when your shoulder hates you and so much room! Maybe they’ve used an extendable charm inside?

Hogwarts: A History Journal (Mina Lima – £12.95)

Mina Lima are the geniuses behind all of the Harry Potter props we’ve seen in the films from Harry’s acceptance letter to all of the school books we see and more! I’ve always wanted to own a copy of Hogwarts: A History since my inner Hermione has been needing it. This might not be the actual book but it is a notebook with the design on front!

Harry Potter + stationery = heaven!

If you want the whole Hogwarts library collection, it will set you back £75 so best to save your galleons, sickles and knuts!

Back to school

We can’t have a gift guide without looking at the Hogwarts Houses! I won’t throw everything at you since we’d be here all day, but I can’t back down from finding out what is out there for the individual Houses!

Hufflepuff

1910 Hufflepuff Replica Exercise Book (Mina Lima – £10)

After seeing Crimes of Grindelwald and baby!Newt, I knew that I needed to own something from that era! I’m kind of hoping they release the school uniform from there one day but that’s a dream. What you can own is a school book from there! Look at how stunning the design in and, of course, in Hufflepuff yellow!

128 pages to gush on, write different notes and maybe write some fanfics!

Hufflepuff House Crest Set (Mina Lima – £14.95)

Can’t think what to get for that Hufflepuff in your life?

First off, we Hufflepuffs won’t mind what we get and why not get them a little bit of everything with Mina Lima’s Hufflepuff crest? In this set you get a notebook, card holder, a badge and a notecard!

We’ll love it either way!!

Hufflepuff School Robe (WB Studio Tour London – £74.95)

The ultimate Harry Potter gift you can get for a Hufflepuff is their very own authentic Hogwarts school robes!! The day that I received mine was the day they made me cry! I’d been wanting to own a pair for so many years and I’m still thankful to this day that I was able to get some.

They are no joke!

These will make you instantly feel like a proper Hogwarts student since they’re heavy-ish, have the yellow trim and even a pocket inside for your wand!

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Gryffindor House Crest Maroon T-Shirt (Platform 9 3/4 Shop – £29.95)

Are you loving the brand new Gryffindor logo shown on the Wizarding World app? If you are, then the Platform 9 and 3/4 Shop has different merch with it on! It might be winter but you can still treat someone to a t-shirt!

Plus it’s so bright that you can’t miss whoever is wearing it!

You can get the same in: Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin

“Better Be Gryffindor!” Print (Mina Lima – £39)

This is something that all possible Gryffindors want to hear when they are at the Sorting Ceremony, especially if they are a Potter or a Weasley!

It’s a bright and wonderful print to have on the wall in a frame! Think we can persuade Mina Lima to make a Hufflepuff one with Newt? Haha!

Gryffindor Embroided Banner (WB Studio Tour London – £17.95)

I reckon this would make every Gryffindor happy! They’d be able to show off their House Pride to anyone visiting, young or old! They could have it above their bed, hanging on a book-shelf or have it near a front door to show even your postman that you’re a Lion!

It will last you for many years to come!

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Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw Attribute Mug (WB Studio Tour London – £12.95)

Have a Ravenclaw that might be doubting themselves a little and needs a reminder of just how great they are? This mug would be perfect! It would show them that they are more than just their books and that they can be wise in so many other ways!

I mean…look at Luna!

“For Those Who Are Learned” Soy Candle (Etsy – £10)

An amazing way to read a book when the weather is horrendous outside is to embrace your magical self and read by candlelight. Obviously you wouldn’t want that person to hurt their eyes but it would still make a great gift!

This is a vegan-friendly soy candle that has rosemary (symbolised for memory) and petrichor (the scent of the earth after rain and helps deep thinking).

ReadingRoomCandleCo (Sara) is the amazing person behind the candles and has the best smelling fandom candles around! Check out Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin!

Ravenclaw Bookfold Art (Etsy – £40)

If you’ve never seen how breath-taking bookfold art is, then you need to check out this by BananaBookfolds! What else could be a perfect gift for a Ravenclaw than art made from an extra book?!

It’s made from a Harry Potter book (I knooow…try not to cry at the death of a book and pray it’s not your favourite!), wrapped with a blue ribbon and has silver painted corners!

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Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy Wands (Cursed Child Store – £32)

I couldn’t talk about Slytherin gifts without fangirling over two of my favourite Slytherins! You don’t have to have seen Cursed Child to appreciate you their wands! They’re so personal to the characters and I feel any Slytherin will understand how hard they push past the old ‘Slytherins are evil’ thoughts.

If you have seen the show, you can check out the official Slytherin section and the brand new Cursed Child: The Journey book!

Slytherin Hooded Sweatshirt (WB Studio Tour London – £39.95)

It sounds super cold down in the dungeons (believe me…I know!) so your favourite Slytherin will need something to wear during the weekends. No teen wants to wear their school uniform to keep them warm on days off!

This sweatshirt is actually unisex so it doesn’t matter what gender you are! As long as you want to show everyone how proud you are to be a Slytherin, you can wear! It’s 80% cotton so perfect to keep any snakes snug!

Slytherin Stocking (WB Studio Tour London – £28)

The final product in my ultimate Harry Potter gift guide is this Slytherin stocking! It’s a Christmas gift guide and, even though I never had a stocking to get teeny presents in, I still love the idea of having something to maybe open on Christmas Eve or before Christmas lunch to keep me going!

It’s such an elegant design with the House crest on the front and a teeny snake on the side!

If you could give any Harry Potter character a gift, who would you choose
and what would it be?

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Christmas Gift Guide (Part 1)

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It’s never too early for Christmas content, is it? Of course not! I’ve been seeing gift guides popping up on Youtube since last month! There is one particular guide I’ve seen much of yet and that is a Harry Potter gift guide! I need to see what magical items are being sold so this kind of me getting ideas for what I want as well as helping you!

See? I’m helping you by helping me! Haha!

Why is this an ultimate Harry Potter guide guide, I hear you ask? I’m including as many things as I can! That means individual Houses, babies, pets…as much as I can fit here! It will be in 2 parts because lots to share and throw at you!

I’m kicking off with babies because we have to look out for teeny witches and wizards!

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Hedwig Romper (Boden – From £26 to £28)

Ever wanted a little owl of your own? Thanks to Boden, now you can! They have this super adorable little romper with a teeny Hedwig on the front! Since it’s mostly cotton, it’s super soft and perfect for chilly winter days!

This romper goes from 0-3 months all the way to 18-24 months!

Harry Potter Sleepsuit with Hat (SAINSBURY’S – £4.50)

Usually this sleepsuit would go up to 18-24 months, but Sainsburys have this on sale!! The only size they have left is up to 1 month so runnnn!

This is perfect for your teeny little Gryffindor! It’ll be like your baby is wearing a Hogwarts uniform and they can pretend to be Harry Potter since the hat has glasses and a scar!

Aden + Anais Harry Potter Musys – 3 pack (Natural Baby Shower – £21.95)

I’m going to be honest…I have zero clue what these are used for and never heard of Musys. Maybe my parent friends can let me know! I thought they would be a cute addition to this gift guide since they have a combination of snitches, stars and Hedwig!

They sound soft and there are 3 so yayy!

Harry Potter Play Suits (Boden – From £35)

For the next baby product, I’ve chosen some play suits from Boden!

Every baby loves to play as they get older so I thought these would be a brilliant little gift for Christmas! The design on these are stunning!! There is a blue striped suit and then there is a patterned ivory suit with teeny designs of the stag and doe patronuses, Hogwarts, a snitch, a key and Crookshanks!

Hufflepuff Babygrow & Bib (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £25)

This discovery was one of my reasons for including babies in my Harry Potter gift guide! Excuse the caps for a second but IT’S A HUFFLEPUFF BABY OUTFIT!!! I swear…if I had a baby, I would definitely dress it in this! It’s grey with a yellow trim and has the cutest little badger on the front! The bib has Hufflepuff and Helga’s cup on the front!

Don’t worry, other Houses…they have one for you too!!
Gryffindor | Slytherin | Ravenclaw

Toddler Vans x Harry Potter Slip-On Shoes (Vans -£40)

This is venturing into toddler territory but, as soon as I saw these teeny Vans, I knew I had to show you! They are pricey at £40 but they go from 1 – 4 and you can’t mess around with shoes. If there is anything I learned from my friend who worked at Clarks, their feet are always growing and you don’t want to do damage at any early age!

Plus they’re Harry Potter and they’re going to be running around!

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash

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Toy Wand (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £19.95)

The one thing that every young witch or wizard will want before Hogwarts is a wand! Obviously they can’t get a real wand until they’re 11, but this is the next best thing! This one lights up, doesn’t get damaged too easily and won’t let them accidentally Curse their sibling when upset.

Though look out for any teddy bears turning into spiders!

Flying Snitch Toy (Warner Bros Studio Tour – £19.95

Every future Quidditch star will need one of these especially if they’re going to be a Seeker!

Maybe they’re a little young for a drone so this will be just right for them. You can attach to their ceiling and the snitch will flap its way and fly! Just like magic, huh?

Wingardium Leviosa Kit (Hawkin’s Bazaar – £15)

Another flying gift is this amazing Wingardium Leviosa kit!

It’s one of the first spells that Harry and everyone learns in their first year! If you don’t mind being a muggle for a second, the magic happens because of an nearly invisible but strong thread. Not going to spoil how that works but that’s a small glimpse!

Just remember to tell them that it’s Levi-O-sa, not Levio-SAH!

Luna Sequin Sweatshirt (Boden – From £25)

It was literally so hard to decide on certain Potter clothes for kids because there are so many out there! This post would literally go on for weeks if I let it! We’re back again to Boden with this fun Luna Lovegood sweatshirt!

I love Luna so much and I think kids love her because she is basically a big child at heart! You have her Spectospecs on the front with sequins on the glasses part. If you move those, they go from blue and pink to silver! I’d have way too much fun with that! The ages on this go from 3-4 years all the way to 15-16 years!!

Lumos Glow-In-The-Dark PJs (Boden – From £26)

When I was a kid, I always wanted to own a pair of PJs that would glow in the dark! I was obsessed with the stickers and even had a Halloween one on my bathroom window for  over a decade! What I love about these are that they fulfill that wish!

You can choose from 3 pairs of PJs! You have a Patronus pair, a Marauders Map pair and a Knight Bus pair.

I wish I could get myself some! Does anyone have a time-turner I can borrow?

Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Snowglobe (Very – £32.50)

You can’t have Christmas without a snowglobe, especially when it has Hogwarts and Hagrid’s hut in it!! This is such an awesome present! This one would be more focused towards older kids but I think it would be a special thing to receive under the tree. You can shake and the glitter inside the water makes it look like it’s snowing!

Very has actually reduced this from £64.99 down to £32.50 as a Black Friday deal so, again, RUN!!

Like I said, I literally could be here for ages with everything Harry Potter that is out there right now. These are just some of the things I thought were a little different and a little fun.

Tomorrow I’ll be bringing you the next part of my Ultimate Harry Potter gift guide so stay tuned to my blog (and maybe subscribe?).

What Potter gift would you give to childhood you for Christmas?

 

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New In Fandom | November 2019 (Funkos, Rise of the Skywalker)

November

Yule Ball Ginny Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball Fred Funko (£9.99) | Yule Ball George Funko (£9.99) | Cinderella’s Castle Build-It (£18.45) | Entertaining with Disney (£25.99) | Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance (£6.99) | The Art of Star Wars Limited Edition (£66.99) | Disney Art of Hand Lettering (£12.99) | Nimbus 2000 Limited Edition Broom (£317) | 13th Doctor Exclusive Rainbow Scarf (£17.99) | 13th Doctor with Goggles Funko (£9.99) | Doctor Who 3D Polarity T-Shirt (£17.99) | Obi Wan 20th Anniversary Figure (£26.99)

Welcome to November, guys! (Okay, it’s still October 31st when I’m writing this but it’s almost over so NOVEMBER!)

We’re officially in the month before Christmas so I can imagine everyone is focused on that! I’ve already seen crowds starting their gift shopping!

At least if they done now, I won’t have to deal with them next month. While everyone is focusing on ‘normal’ gifts, I’m laser-focused on all the fandom goodies coming out this November!

So. Much. Stuff!

This is only a smidge of what is out there right now. I’m even tempted to do a Part 2!

I’ve done my best to pick out a few different fandoms that I love and would personally buy. I think that’s super important when you do a gift guide. Unless you wouldn’t buy what you show for yourself, then I wouldn’t put in a recommendations post.

GINNY, FRED AND GEORGE WEASLEY (YULE BALL)

Look at these Weasley siblings! They look so pretty! I’m going to try and find the Ron to buy with these but I need all the Weasleys in my life. I wish they would bring out a Charlie or a Percy too!

Goblet of Fire is the theme of this Potter year so I’m super happy that a few new Yule Ball Funko Pops are being released.

We have these guys as well as Professor McGonagall, Snape, Padma and Parvati Patil and Cho Chang.

Nimbus 2000 Limited Broom

If you’ve ever wanted to be a Quidditch player (check out Rodney aka KwikSpellCo as one!) and you have money to spare, then this limited edition broom is coming! I wish I wasn’t super clumsy and broke or I would have totally gotten this to pop on my wall!

It’s so cool!

Definitely a talking point!

13th doctor with goggles

Anything with Jodie’s 13th Doctor would be incredible to get! The scene where she is creating her sonic screw driver is such a fun one to watch and a look! I’ve seen so many people cosplaying this outfit so yay for a Funko version!

Reverse the Polarity 3D T-Shirt

MCM Comic Con was last week and a bunch of exclusive goodies were released there! One of them happened to be this t-shirt.

The coolest out there!

Embrace your 10th Doctor with the 3D glasses that come with the top so you can see all the front design in all its glory!

13th Doctor Rainbow Scarf

Another exclusive (this time with Forbidden Planet) is the Doctor’s rainbow scarf from the Christmas Special! I’ve been wanting this ever since I saw the promo picture with it in! Blue doesn’t even suit me but this scarf would literally suit anyone!

We all know how cold winter is going to get so treat yourself to this when it’s released…today!!

Run, Whovians! RUN! (I am!)

The Art of Star Wars Jedi: fallen order

Wow, November is really out with all the exclusives and limited editions!

You can’t deny that Star Wars looks breath-taking with all the special effects. This book is based off the video-game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order‘. You get to follow Cal’s quest to rebuild what was the Jedi Order, see him try to learn the ways of the Fore and more!

The game itself is being released on November 15th on PC, Xbox One and PS4!

Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance

With Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker coming out next month, we obviously need something to keep us going until the film comes out! That’s when this YA novel comes in with Rey, Poe and Rose!

When a distress plea goes up from the isolated planet Minfar, Resistance heroes Rey, Poe, and Rose hear the call! Together they will face down a First Order battalion, terrifying flying creatures, and a weapon that could change the course of the war!

obi wan 20th anniversary figure

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since The Phantom Menance came out?! I feel so cold! I remember the day when I first saw Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and he was cute and Anakin looked adorable!

We even had a super young Natalie Portman!

Now we get this special figure to commerate the 20th anniversary!

Cinderella’s Castle: Build the Fairytale

I love building things like this especially when they’re 3D and they’re Disney! Disney models are so fun to make! I haven’t had the chance to do them recently so the look of Cinderella’s castle looks awesome!

You get push-out characters to add too!

Perfect for a little prince/princess!

entertaining with disney

This book may have come out a few months ago but now it’s in hardcover!!

If you’ve ever wanted to create some sort of Disney-themed event such as a birthday party, an afternoon tea or even a baby shower, then this book has everything! It gives you ideas about designing the invitations, planning meals, decorating the space and more!

Now I really want a Disney party! Anyone?

Art of Hand Lettering

This is one for Disney fans who also have bullet journals or love calligraphy! I’ve always wanted to figure out how to write fancy letters for my journal. You know, with the titles and everything. I’ve seen so many talented people creating them that I want to figure it out.

What better way to learn how to write this way than by writing some beautiful Disney quotes!

I hope there is something from The Lion King or even Beauty and the Beast (possibility since Belle is on the cover! Haha!)

What is on your fandom list for November?

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Review | Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a text yesterday saying that my order for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey‘ had arrived! It was 3 days early! I’ve never had a book come this early before.

Waterstones, are you secretly wizards?

I’ve been a massive fan of all things Cursed Child since I saw a preview performance back in June 2016! I was in awe from the very first moment Jamie Parker appeared as Harry and remained after falling for the friendship (and romance…shhh) between Albus and Scorpius!

Everything you’ve wanted to know about the play, you’ll find inside this book.

They don’t spoil any of the magic that they do on stage which is very much appreciated but I do love hearing all the stories. Right at the beginning I was really interested in the early notes of John Tiffany and Sonia Friedman.

I was trying to squint at the writing to see if I can spot anything else.

One of the big questions I had when I saw the play first was ‘where was Teddy Lupin’? He was Harry’s god-son so you’d expect him to be involved with the family. According toJack Thorne, he said:

Teddy’s an amazing character…but we realized that we just couldn’t do service to him. Every character you use, you’ve got to use them properly.

He even said that Hugo wasn’t with his parents because he was probably being watched by Molly. It’s sad that he was the only one of the Granger-Weasley kids not to be included at all but I guess there must have been a reason.

When I saw that there was this page about the wands, I gave a little squeal!!

I’ve been wanting to know the meaning behind their designs for ages and now we get a look into all the tiny details. As you can see from Scorpius’ wand in my picture, it has little marks on the handle.

Apparently, since the wand is an extension of him, the marks are meant to the marks of his soul counting down the days until he could go to Hogwarts or even a form of self-harming. Scorpius!! *sob* With Albus’ wand, the bumps on his wand are almost like worry stones. He can rub his fingers over them to keep him self calm.

You know Scorpius’ hair?

Well, the wig is actually made of epiler hair (the white hairs taken away from natural grey hair). Since any Scorpius actor would have taken a dip at some point and there is chlorine in the water, the wig would get damaged so they needed ‘unprocessed hair’. It’s the most expensive wig out of the cast!

Anthony even wanted to wear uncomfortable shoes so he could feel as out of place as Scorpius felt.

Albus got the chance to be like his Uncle Ron since Sam came up with the idea that he would get James’ hand-me-downs. That’s why his clothes look a little too big for him. Sam said he wanted them to be a bit heavy and bulky to show that he isn’t his own person. His costumes start to change as the play goes on to show that he is changing as a person!

Talking of changes, did you know that any actor who plays Harry has 4 suits to wear?

He has a different one depending on the illusion he’s about to do. He has wand holsters, wand pockets and even the pockets in his trousers to hold his wand. I guess Mad-Eye didn’t warn him enough!

Do you love the robes that the cast wear?

Me too!! They’re actually designed to be a little like school blazers/blazer cloaks! They’ve got the collars and lapels but then have the sleeves of a robe and long at the back! They’ve even got their own personality depending on the character!

Karl Jenkins is quite trendy, and he wears skinny jeans and trainers. Yann Fredericks is very slender and a bit snobbish. He’s very neat, and a bit like Scorpius. Craig Bowker is quite lovable and cute, and he’s got baggy trousers and shoes that were clearly bought by his mum.

I know quite a few people haven’t seen the play yet so I’ve tried not to spoil anything serious, but I hope you liked my review all the same! If you want me to go detailed and make a spoiler review, then let me know in the comments! I have a lot to say still and there are loads of pictures I could include!

It was great to see some of my favourite ensemble such as James Phoon, Annabel Baldwin (She was awesome!), Tom Mackley (still gutted that I never saw his Albus!), James Le Lacheur and Barry McCarthy!

Have you pre-ordered ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ book?

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Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate A Hufflepuff | Blogtober 2019

a hufflepuff

Last year I let you guys know why I love being a Hufflepuff so much!

There are so many reasons why this House is one of the best at Hogwarts but, for some reason or another, Hufflepuff is seen as one of the weakest. Maybe it’s because the other Houses are described as ‘brave’, ‘wise’ and ‘great’ and we have ‘loyal’.

Well, for this Halloween month, I’m going to tell you why you should never underestimate a Hufflepuff.

We produce wizards and witches you shouldn’t mess with

Gryffindor and Slytherin aren’t the only ones you should place your bets because we have had some incredible people come through. Cedric Diggory was a Triwizard Tournament contest who won against a dragon, saved a friend from mermaids and took on a killer maze.

Nymphadora Tonks became an Auror who consistently put herself in the aim of fire of Deatheaters and criminals. She also started dating and married a werewolf regardless of what he thought.

As for Newt, he has a suitcase with some of the cutest yet most dangerous magical creatures.

We stayed behind to fight alongside gryffindor

This is something that I loved hearing about Hufflepuff from JK Rowling. While the majority of the other Houses escaped while they could, we stayed behind to help defend Hogwarts.

Why?

We are loyal to Hogwarts, regardless of it being a castle.

We are near the kitchens

What’s that? You’re peckish and wanted to grab a snack from the Hogwarts kitchens. Oh, and you decided to beat up a Hufflepuff earlier on that day?

Oh dear.

Did you know that the Hufflepuff Common Room is right next to the kitchens? We’re very protective of our own and being loyal/trust-worthy doesn’t mean we don’t defend. Just remember to go to the Hospital Wing when you don’t growing pink hair all over your body.

some of us love our plants

It’s no surprise who are Head of House was. Professor Sprout was a force to be reckoned with and didn’t take kindly to anyone who messed about.

There’s a reason why we have a lot of plants in our Common Room and that’s because we’re meant to be particularly good with them…we’ve secretly adopted Neville! Don’t worry…we won’t set anything nasty on you like Mandrakes or Devil’s Snare. We’re not evil!

Just don’t be alarmed when you suddenly get squirted with Mimbulus Mimbletona pus and smell rancid for a few weeks.

Our House mascot is a badger

We may be a European badger but we don’t have any known predators!

Though other badger species can give as good as they get, especially the honey badger. If you rile them up, they will run at you and give you one heck of a bite. A lot of their prey are venomous and tend to be snakes so…Slytherin, be nice.

Don’t mess with a badger.

What are your thoughts on Hufflepuff being seen as weak?