With new footage emerging from inside the Cursed Child rehearsal room, a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Potter fandom is stirring once more. If your little muggles love everything Pottermore but tickets to California are just a little out of your budget, here are some magical ways to bring Hogwarts into their home…
The Wizarding World would be nothing without its magical menagerie of mythical monsters and weird wildlife. Bring the Forbidden Forest into your little one’s bedroom with a fearsome dragon wall decal, plastic spiders, giant snakes and, of course, a whole Owlery of stuffed owls. You can even add a homemade horn to a rocking horse to tame your very own unicorn.
Just a little imagination required…
Every Hogwarts student has their own trunk – how else would they get all their books, potions ingredients and pets on the Hogwarts Express? Make your child their own travelling chest by taking a plain storage box then decorating it with a padlock, their initials, tatty spell books, wands, a stuffed black cat and a birdcage adorned with a stuffed owl.
Thanks to Hermione, the gang spent quite a lot of their time at Hogwarts ensconced in the library. Give your little ones a real life mystical library by installing wooden bookcases then either covering your books to make them look old or stocking up on real old books from markets and eBay.
Sshh! If you listen carefully you might even be able to hear Harry sneaking into the Restricted Section.
Every child already knows which of the four houses they’d be in so it’s time to decorate their dorm appropriately; scarlet and gold for Gryffindor, blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, yellow and black for Hufflepuff and green and silver for Slytherin (boooooo). You can buy official house scarves online or knit your own in your chosen colours then drape them around the bedroom for a realistic lived-in feel.
The Sorting Hat
For extra brownie points, buy a brown fancy dress witches or wizards hat, cut a slit above the brim for a mouth and you’ve got your own sorting hat! (You can even install a mini dictaphone that randomly yells the names of houses to really terrify house guests).
Firebolt from the Blue
Last but not least, no self-respecting Hogwarts student would dream of having a room that contains no Quidditch paraphernalia. Print out posters of fictional Quidditch teams and age them with tea, mount a broom on the wall and suspend a Golden Snitch from a wire somewhere secret…
Just perhaps first organise a short health and safety talk on how muggle brooms can’t actually fly. Before they get any ideas.