Hello, everyone! I thought I'd change it up a bit this time by doing a Harry Potter themed roundup. I haven't read the books, even though I DID try---just couldn't get into them. As for the movies, I hadn't seen those either...until a couple of weeks ago. I'll have to say they are definitely worth watching, and if you have the time (perhaps a lazy weekend), binge through them--that's what we did. I'm glad my boyfriend convinced me to watch them--and I was probably the biggest skeptic there was. So, to celebrate my FINALLY watching and ENJOYING the movies, I want to feature some of my favorite Harry Potter handmade finds. There are several, so this will be a longer than normal post. Warning...spoilers are ahead :)
Let's get started!
Item #1 is from ArmTheLaser
I'm a fan of wood creations, so these obviously caught my attention. These coasters are made from maple wood that has been hand-selected and are hand-sanded, laser etched, stained, and sealed. I'm really glad they are sealed because the condensation from your drink would ruin them. The laser etching is very well done and very detailed. The coasters come in a set of 4, and as the artist stated, "would make a great addition to any wizard or muggle's home." (Muggles are those without magical abilities.)
Item #2 is from StudioSeventyNine
Ah, good ole "Mischief Managed." This first appears in Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. It is a phrase linked with the Marauder's Map--specifically closing it. The map was used to see where people were in Hogwarts, so the possessor(s) could sneak about using it's secret passageways (I included a link for more information). To "erase" the contents of the map, all the possessor had to do was to say "mischief managed," and they were safe. The artist behind this piece used a wooden plank and weathered it along with including the infamous phrase. I could see this as excellent shelf or wall art for a Potter fan!
Item #3 is from Yarning4aHome
Oh, Dobby! I had to save this one for last. At first you think Dobby is going to be a mean little booger because he shows up and Harry's aunt and uncle's home during a very important dinner. Dobby can levitate things and chooses to "lift" a cake and levitate it to the main room where he drops it onto the wife of the couple the aunt and uncle are entertaining. Yep. That's how we first meet this little house elf. We later find out he has good intentions, and Harry frees Dobby by tricking Lucius Malfoy into giving Dobby a sock. He shows up off an on throughout the movies, but his last appearance had me bawling. He dies saving Harry Potter and his friends due to being hit by Bellatrix Lestrange's knife when disapparating. He says, "Such a beautiful place it is, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friend, Harry Potter." I died. I ugly cried. I yelled, "Dobby!!!!" "Why?" I was torn up through the rest of the movie. Oh, dear Dobby.
I saw this cute little crocheted Dobby and knew I had to feature him here. I can crochet, but not like this! I can't switch colors. The maker says you can pick different colors for his smock, but I like the original ones pictured rather well. He's also a good size for cuddling at 15.5 inches. This cutie is meant for a nursery, but I'd put him in my room in a place of honor with my Grumpy Cat!
Item #4 is from CherryPitCrafts
Alrighty...to the butterbeer. We have a frappuccino on the secret menu at Starbucks for this one (they're going to kill me for sharing that link..haha) . I've made it many times...so many that I have it memorized. I also was curious enough to try it because I love the heavenly toffee nut syrup...mmmm. I have a feeling that this candle would put me in a candle coma..you know---they smell so good that you stare off in a daze. This shop's candles are made from 100% soy and are therefore eco-friendly...Yay! I love eco-friendly items. These also burn longer (this specific candle is estimated at 70 hours) and do not produce soot. That's always a plus. I remember my Dad burning a candle on one of their top shelves and the black soot that was left on the wall, so opt for soy. The maker also mentions that the oils or phalate free, which is another plus for me. I'm drooling just thinking about this candle!
Item #5 is from IridescentlyCharming
The "up to no good" phrase is another phrase tied to the Marauder's map mentioned earlier in the post. If there's a special phrase to close the map, there has to be one to open it, right? Right you are! This is what had to be said to make the map appear. Of course, sneaking around, you are up to no good, so it's a great phrase for it. I like how the artist designed this with Harry's glasses and his scar because I didn't remember this from the movie (I was sick at the time, so give me a little bit of a break), and I've seen several prints without the symbols to link it to the movie. This print is instantly downloadable and printable after purchase. Great for desk decor or wall art.
Item #6 is from SimplistiCreations
This is what is called a time turner. It's essentially a time machine in a necklace. Hermione had been given one of these from Professor McGonagall to help with her increased course load, but she (Hermione) wasn't to mention it to anyone, which is why we see Ron constantly asking "when did she get here" in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was later used to go back in time to prevent two deaths (I'll stop there and not spoil the rest for you). The original time turner was actually made of metal, but I thought this piece embodied a more handmade feel than a lot of the others I saw whilst browsing. The maker of this time turner uses either Baltic birch (which she later stains) or Oak for the wood and uses a laser cutter to achieve the detail. After assembling the pieces and attaching the turner to a 30-inch chain, the wood is treated to protect it. Note: doesn't actually take you back in time :)
Item #7 is from InstantGoodVibes
So, after watching all of the movies, I saw a post on Facebook that mentioned the sorting quiz was back up and running on Pottermore. I was curious to see what house I'd be sorted into, so I took it. I'm a Slytherin. I wasn't thrilled with this at first, but I read the description of those sorted into the Slytherin house and felt quite a bit better. My boyfriend said he was Gryffindor, but I had him take it, too...he's a Ravenclaw. Since I got sorted into that house, I thought it'd be appropriate to share this artwork with you. This isn't a printable like the quote from earlier. It artist actually prints the image on archival paper and ships them with great care. And, yes, there are crests for the other houses as well :)
Item #8 is from PositivelyBewitched
Yes, yes, I know. A mandrake is one ugly little creature, but a very important one. When unearthed for replanting, the mandrake screams. As a baby mandrake the scream only knocks one out. In the movie the students had to wear ear protection, but Neville still passes out. Once a mandrake is mature, the scream is fatal. The root is used to make a restorative draught for those who have been petrified. This handcrafted mandrake plant sculpture is made from clay, which is sculpted and painted to look like the little creature in the photo. The detail in this piece is exquisite, and it looks just like the ones in the movie. The artist mentions that the clay is covered in a glass to make it mostly waterproof but not to fully drown in water. It's meant to look like you're the wizard practicing herbology for Dr. Sprout's class (appropriate name, haha).
Item #9 is from cristallejewelry
I have another piece of jewelry for you! "wingardium leviosa" is a levitation charm and is the first spell learned by students at Hogwarts. Just make sure you really pronounce the "o" in "leviosa" or you won't get it right! I love that the maker used a brass feather as the base as it was what was used in the film. The words are hand-stamped, and the ring is shaped. It's adjustable but only available in sizes 5-7. Stylish and neat for fans!
Item #10 is from slushieprints
You won't learn what's behind this until the very last movie. Snape had been in love with Harry's mother since he'd met her. He even made a deal with Dumbledore to protect her from Voldemort, but when that went awry, he protecting Harry. In one scene, you see Snape send off his patronus (a doe, which was also Harry's mother's patronus) and Dumbledore asks, "after all this time?" to which Snape replies, "Always." It was an undying love that Snape had for Harry's mother. This pillow shows that love. The image and word are screen printed onto a cotton pillow cover (looks like linen). You can also get an insert if you don't have one. This would be a great addition to anyone's decor, not just a fan's.
Item #11 is from WJMRDesigns
If you don't know the story behind the socks, you need to read about house elves. House elves are housekeepers who are loyal and protective to their masters. They also have their own form of magic. House elves will remain unquestionable loyal to their master until the master presents them with clothes. In Dobby's case, he was presented with a sock by his unaware master, Lucius Malfoy. 'Dobby is a free elf!" I really loved this as soon as I saw it. We all have those socks that turn up missing a mate, so this is a great way to find the match and show your love for Harry Potter at the same time!
Item #12 is from evilqueenjewelry
This necklace's pendant is what is called the deathly hallows. The deathly hallows symbol represents three very important things: (1) the cloak of invisibility, (2) the Elder wand, and (3) the resurrection stone. These were supposedly a fable (which you can read here), but turned out to be real. They were made by Death, and if one were to possess all three, he/she would be the "Master of Death." Powerful combination, huh? (For further information on the three parts, check this out.) This pendant is made from Tibetan silver/silvertone brass and comes on a nickel free chain on one of three different lengths.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, learning, and seeing jewelry in this edition! I found it rather fun, although reliving Dobby's death was painful :) If you haven't seen the movies, I really suggest that you go watch them ASAP! Not kidding you, they are good and worth the watch.
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Until next time,
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.