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Quidditch Necklace

Forget cricket and polo – every wizard and Muggle knows there’s only one sport worth watching on blustery fall days…

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A combination of basketball, soccer and maybe cricket (?), Quidditch is the sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Played on brooms, the game involves getting balls into goal posts, all while one member of each team tries to capture the illustrious Golden Snitch, which is about the size of a plum and travels at crazy speeds. When a team captures the Snitch, the game is over and that team wins.

Featuring a Quaffle (the big red ball), two Bludgers (the brown balls) and a Golden Snitch, this necklace is a must for all Quidditch fans! The beads are made using clay then tied onto a black cord.

This is a simple and attractive statement piece that is sure to impress Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Quidditch Necklace

Materials:

  • Maroon, yellow and brown clay
  • Round ball tool (large)
  • Clay poking needle
  • Cord
  • Thin gold wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutters

Instructions:

First, make your large quaffle ball. For the quaffle, I used a piece of maroon clay about the size of my thumb…maybe a wee bit bigger. Roll it into a ball…it’s okay if it’s not 100% even, it gives it a well-worn look!

To try to avoid fingerprints, I put the ball on a needle as I worked. I used the large ball tool to make the indents in the ball, then used the needle tool to make the lines connecting the indents. I also used the ball tool to texture the rest of the ball…then set it aside.

For the bludgers, I tried to make the line around the ball before baking the beads, but I couldn’t get it to work…so I just made round beads, poked a hole in the center, and made the line around the balls (using a needle tool) after they had baked and cooled:

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For the snitch, I rolled a tiny piece of yellow clay into a ball. I still had a little red clay on my fingers, which gave this snitch a little red hue, which I actually really like. I baked all my beads at the same time (about 275 degrees in a toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Once the snitch was cool, I took two pieces of jewelry wire and formed wings…then used my jewelry pliers to gently poke the wings into the bead.

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Then all you have to do is string those beads onto a cord and you’re good to go! I used wire to create a little jump ring to help thread the snitch onto the cord since I couldn’t fit the string through the hole in the bead. I also tied knots between the beads to keep them in place.

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I really like how this necklace turned out! It was super easy to make and is a fun statement piece that Harry Potter fans will love!

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Hogwarts House Owls

When students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrive at the castle for the start of another school year, they’re allowed one of three pets: a toad (WHY), a cat (NO THANKS) or an owl (YES PLEASE).

Owls are perhaps the most useful creatures in the Harry Potter universe, in that they deliver mail back and forth and always seem to know where they’re going and how to get back (the fact that Hedwig knew how to get in touch with Sirius Black after he went into hiding still baffles me).

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If I were attending Hogwarts, I’d 100% pack an owl with me. For one, toads are dumb…even Hagrid says so…and two, I’m allergic to cats so that would be no fun for anyone…plus I’m sure the fact that I’m in Ravenclaw with a whole slew of other bookworms makes me think the place will be overrun with furry felines.

But even if you do decide to bring a toad or a cat, you can still borrow an owl from the Owlry to deliver and receive your post…and these four little owls are sporting their house colors and waiting to bring someone a special message!

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I love these little owls and they were so quick to make! The directions (which can be found here), seem a little weird at first, but just go with it…I promise it’ll all work out at the end!

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For the scarves, I crocheted rows of four stitches until the scarf was long enough to tie around the owl’s neck. Then I added fringe with the complimenting house color and bundled up my owls for a cold night in the Owlry.

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A fun stocking stuffer for Christmas or a cute way to package a Harry Potter-themed gift, these little owls are sure to deliver big smiles no matter what the occasion!

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“Constant Vigilance!” Bracelet

It’s no secret that Hogwarts can’t hold on to one damn Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Every year it’s a new crazy loon hired to offer life lessons about how to fight off the evils of dark magic.

While each teacher had their moments, I think it was Alastor Moody – the Auror turned professor in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – who had some of the best advice for young wizards: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE.”

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As a matter of fact, I feel like this is helpful advice even us Muggles could use. It never hurts to be on the lookout and this little clay bracelet is a great reminder to always keep one eye open!

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As an added dedication to one of my favorite Hogwarts professors, I also added a little clay eyeball, reminiscent of Moody’s “mad eye” to embellish this bracelet. This is a super easy project to make for anyone new to clay crafting and can be made in any color you’d like.

Constant Vigilance Bracelet

Materials:

  • Clay in color of your choice (for bracelet)
  • Gold, white, blue and black clay (for eye charm)
  • Basic clay tools (knife, roller, pin, small round cutter)
  • Small letter stamps
  • 3-5 jump rings
  • Chain or string for bracelet
  • Basic jewelry tools (pliers, etc.)

Instructions:

To make eye charm, roll out gold clay to about 1/8 in. thickness. Cut small circle using cutter or knife.

Roll ball of white clay, measuring about the same size as the inside of the gold circle. Using a knife, cut a flat side on the ball. Attach to gold circle.

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Using finger, gently flatten dome part of eye.

Create iris with blue and black clay. Attach to white dome. Using needle or pin, poke small hole in top of gold circle to attach jump ring later. Set aside.

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For bracelet, roll out clay in color of your choice to about ¼ in. thickness. Using small letter stamps, stamp message in clay. Use a ball tool to gently remove any intents, if necessary. Using pin, poke two holes in bracelet, one on each side to attach chain or string. Gently form around wrist.

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Bake clay charm and message band according to clay package directions. Let cool completely.

*If you want to make the letters stand out, you can use paint or ink to help highlight the letters.

If desired, you can seal your charm and message band with Mod Podge or sealing spray.

For the band, I used an assortment of embroidery string. I just threaded it through each hole and braided it. Easy, peasy!

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I added my clay charm to the right side of my bracelet, but you can add it wherever you like.

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Enjoy your new bracelet!

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Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

All us bookworms know there’s a little Hermione in all of us…

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I mean…

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We love to read, we love studying, and there’s just that TIIIINY little piece of us that’s just slightly judgmental…

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And when you’re feeling your inner Hermione come out, what better way to show her off than with this cute library tote bag?

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Featuring a little book and owl charm, as well as a striped pattern in Hermione’s house colors, this tote bag is great for running off to potions class, a study session at the library, or just storing your copy of The Monster Book of Monsters because every smart girl knows not to carry that one around in the open…

I’ve included instructions on how to make this tote, but if you love it and just have to have this one, it’ll be for sale soon in my Etsy store, so stay tuned!

Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

Materials:

  • Canvas Tote
  • Maroon Fabric Paint
  • Gold Fabric Paint
  • Black Fabric Marker
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron-on Letters
  • Red Ribbon
  • Book and Owl Charm, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions for caring for your canvas tote (this might involve a quick pre-wash before you begin).
  2. Using a ruler, mark 1 in. marks along both side straps of bag. Lightly draw pencil lines to divide side straps into 11 squares. Repeat on both sides of tote.
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  3. Starting with gold paint, fill in every other square on tote. I did about 2 coats of gold paint. Let dry and repeat on other side. Repeat with maroon paint.

    If you get some splatters, just let them dry and paint over them!

  4. Once your paint has dried, separate the squares with your black fabric marker. Let dry.
  5. Follow the instructions for ironing the letters onto your tote. You’ll need letters in the following quantities:

    a-1; b-2; d-1; e-2; g-1; h-2; i-2; l-1; n-2; o-3; r-2; t-3; u-1; w-1; y-1

    I was able to make the tote with 2 sheets of iron-on letters.
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  6. If you want to attach charms, feel free! I think they add a nice touch and I’m a sucker for bows so I had to tie a bow on the handle!
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This tote is a fun gift for any bookworm or Harry Potter fan! If you love this tote but don’t want to make it yourself, stay tuned! It’ll be up for sale on my Etsy store soon!

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something – Part 4

WOW…OK it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I’ve continued this project but hey, book four in the Harry Potter series is a freaking BEAST…so, just calm down.

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Let me just say something…Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire used to be my favorite Harry Potter book. It was the first book I bought at the midnight release and I walked all over The Taste of Chicago the next day reading it (and if you’ve seen this book IRL, you know how challenging that must have been).

Every time I re-read Harry Potter, I loved book four…except this time. Was it just overexposure? Am I reacting to the story differently now? Whatever the reason, I just didn’t find myself loving this book as much as I remember loving it in the past.

Of course, that’s not to say I didn’t like it. I still love this book (I mean, Mad Eye Moody is pretty much one of my favorite characters), but as seen in other areas of this project, I guess some stories that have become such a part of your life change along with you…often in unexpected ways…

Check out parts 1, 2 and 3 of this project here:

Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

OK, let’s make like Victor Krum and dive into this…

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Thoughts I’ve Had Reading Harry Potter Again as a 30-Something

Part 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 ‘The Riddle House’ chapter still terrifies me.

You will milk her before we retire, Wormtail,’ said the second voice. ‘I will need feeding in the night. The journey has tired me greatly.’
HOW do you milk a snake? You know what, I don’t even want to know…

Wouldn’t Frank the caretaker know just a TAAAAD about wizard life after living with the Riddle family for so long?

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As for informing the Headmaster, Harry had no idea where Dumbledore went during the summer holidays. He amused himself for a moment, picturing Dumbledore, with his long silver beard, full-length wizard’s robes and pointed hat, stretched out on a beach somewhere, rubbing suntan lotion into his long crooked nose.
I just can’t get this out of my head:

I’m still mystified by how owls know how to find people…especially people that have gone into hiding.

He was tall, with long hair that he had tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing an earring with what looked like a fang dangling from it. His clothes would not have looked out of place at a rock concert, expect that Harry recognized his boots to be made, not of leather, but of dragon hide.
Can we just all agree that Bill is the hottest Weasley? Yes?

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OK, moving on…

Why would anyone Apparate with the risk of being splinched?  Did we learn nothing from Willie Wonka?

So…technically…apperating and traveling via Portkey really aren’t that different, right?  You just have to determine whether you’re willing to risk having your body cut in half.

Do Veela work their enchant-magic on lesbian wizards, too?

I demand that we see a spectacle like the opening of the Quidditch world cup at all our culminating sporting events…just for the sake of interest.

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I wonder if J.K. Rowling has little cut-outs of these Quidditch players and actually plays the game in order to write it.

Does England or the US have a Quidditch team?

How did the conjuring of the Dark Mark not hurt Harry’s scar?

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The film writers were wise to leave Percy out of the movies.  He’s so insanely annoying.

We caught the Robertses before they hit the ground, though. They’re having their memories modified right now.
What is this, Black Mirror? This is like the 10th time this guy has had his memory modified.

‘Fine,’ snapped Mrs. Weasley. ‘Go naked. And Harry, make sure you get a picture of him. Goodness knows I could do with a laugh.’
That’s a weird thing for a mom to say about her son.

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WHY do they still let Peeves haunt this school? Isn’t here some magic priest or warlock who can come expel him? Do they not have sage in the magic kitchen?!

 ‘Twas Griffindor who found the way
He whipped me off his head
The founders put some brains in me
So I could choose instead!
WAAAAAIT, WHAT?! The Sorting Hat is filled with Abby Normal brains?!

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We have worked hard over the summer to ensure that, this time, no champion will find himself or herself in mortal danger.

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So Dumbledore can use a spell to make sure people are of the right age to enter the Triwizard Tournament but there’s no spell to make sure people are actually putting in their own names? Come on, Dumbly-dore!

‘it is Uranus, my dear,’ said Professor Trelawney, peering down the chart.
‘Can I have a look at Uranus, too, Lavender?’ said Ron.

Oh Ron…

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It wouldn’t be the 1990’s without some classic “yo mama” jokes:

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The Owlery must smell god-awful.

OK I NEVER got as much homework as these poor kids get at Hogwarts.

The decorations in the Great Hall had changed this morning. As it was Hallowe’en, a cloud of live bats was fluttering around the enchanted ceiling, while hundreds of carved pumpkins leered from every corner.
Um…hell to the nah.

OK, so let’s talk about the rules of this Triwizard Tournament. Since Harry’s name was pulled from the Goblet, even though he didn’t put his name in the Goblet and even though he’s too young to even participate, he still HAS TO because the Gods of Magic will rain unholy hell on the school if he doesn’t? So not only is Hogwarts the host school with home team advantage, but they also have 2 competitors?!

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‘Did you put your name into the Goblet of fire, Harry?’ Dumbledore asked calmly.

EVERYTHING IS A LIE!!

Owing to the demanding and time-consuming nature of the Tournament, the champions are exempted from end-of-year tests.
Hogwarts: where students get 8 hours of homework every night but are somehow inevitably exempt from taking end-of-year exams EVERY FUCKING YEAR.

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Mr. Ollivander spent much longer examining Harry’s wand than anyone else’s. Eventually, however, he made a fountain of wine shoot out of it, and handed it back to Harry, announcing that it was still in perfect condition.
Whoa, whoa, whoa…where the hell is THIS SPELL?!

They walked three times around the lake, trying all the way to think of a simple spell that would subdue a dragon.
Maybe they should give this gal a call…

‘Let’s try some simple spellbooks, then,’ said Harry, throwing aside Men Who Love Dragons Too Much.
What, exactly, might this book entail?

Also, speaking of dragons, don’t these flesh-eating monsters seem a bit harsh for the FIRST TASK in this tournament?

‘Oh, don’t mind me!’ the Fat Lady called irritably after them. ‘Don’t apologize for bothering me! I’ll just hang here, wide open, until you get back, shall I?’

Ron is kind of a little prat about finding a date to the Yule Ball. For someone who is so often judged about his looks, he’s pretty freaking judgmental of everyone else.

Rita Skeeter is the definition of FAKE NEWS.

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Do the Champions get to keep these screaming eggs?

So what are these Beauxbaton and Durmstrang kids doing all day when the Hogwarts kids are in lessons?

‘Winky must not talk like that to Harry Potter!’ said Dobby. ‘Harry Potter is brave and noble and Harry Potter is not nosy!’
UM…I call bullshit. The entire existence of the series depends on Harry sticking his nose in where it doesn’t belong.

NIFFLERS!!  I forgot they made an appearance in this book!

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RIP, Cedric! For some reason, his death in the books is so much harder than in the movie…

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I mean, Voldemort is the worst and all, but nothing makes me hate him more than the fact that he talks about himself in the third person. That’s SERIOUSLY one of my biggest pet peeves. He can join Elmo and Golem in the deep caves of hell for all I care.

‘You all righ’?’ he said gruffly.
‘Yeah,’ said Harry.
‘No, yeh’re not,’ said Hagrid. ‘Course yeh’re not. But ye will be…what’s comin’ will come, and’ we’ll meet it when it does.’
Hagrid is the therapist we all need.

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‘Harry Potter managed to escape Lord Voldemort,’ said Dumbledore. ‘He risked his own life to return Cedric’s body to Hogwarts. He showed, in every respect, the sort of bravery that few wizards have ever shown in facing Lord Voldemort, and for this, I honor him.’
Yuuuuuuup, same story, different day…

‘…we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.’
This quote is everything today. This should be our nation’s mantra.

Hermione’s revenge on Rita Skeeter is just so freaking satisfying.

‘I don’t want it and I don’t need it. But I could do with a few laughs. We could all do with a few laughs. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need them more than usual before long.’
Oh Harry, how right you are…

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Patronus Wreath

As I’ve gotten older and wiser in my years, I’ve come to appreciate the story of Harry Potter differently.  When I first read it, I loved the friendships and the imaginative writing.  I loved the use of allusion and symbolism and had a deep appreciation for the amazing plot development that this series undertakes.

But the more I read it, the more I came to appreciate and relate to other smaller elements of the story…namely, the Dementors.

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For those who are unaware, Dementors are ghost-like demons who guard the wizard prison, Azkaban.  They are the physical manifestation of author J.K. Rowling’s experience with depression…and they “kill” their victims by literally sucking the joy out of them.

The only way to get rid of a Dementor is to cast a spell (Expecto Patronum!).  The spell admits a Patronus, or a silver-like animal guardian that is also symbolic of each witch or wizard.

A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to make your own collection of felt Patronuses, and today I’m FINALLY going to share how I used them!

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I decided to create a Patronus Wreath to keep bad thoughts at bay.  I’m hoping it acts like a Dream Catcher…protecting my safe space and removing the negative and bad thoughts that every so often crowd my mind.

This wreath was made with a bunch of Christmas items that I got on sale last year, so shop the clearance section and see what you can find!

Patronus Wreath

Materials:

  • Felt Patronuses (see how to make these here)
  • Gold stick wreath (if you can’t find a gold stick wreath, you can spray paint a regular stick wreath with gold glitter spray)
  • Various gold ribbons
  • Chipboard star ornament
  • Paint colors of your choice (I used black and purple)
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold letter stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

  1. If your wreath needs to be spray painted, do that first. If it’s already gold and glittery, let’s get started!
  2. Cut out your patronuses. You can find the tutorial for them here.
  3. Wrap your wreath with various gold ribbons. The ribbons I used came in a set, so they worked together, but use whatever you’d like to add various texture to the wreath.  You could even add color ribbons if you want.  You can tie the ribbons or use the hot glue gun to secure them.
  4. Paint your star chipboard ornament however you’d like. I wanted a galaxy print to add some color, but you could paint it gold with glitter or just leave it as is.  Place “Expecto Patronum!” stickers on star; secure with thin layer of Mod Podge, if needed.
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  5. Arrange your star and felt patronuses around the wreath. Secure with hot glue.  Hang it on your door to keep away the bad thoughts!
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21 Fun Facts About the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A few days ago I was just reminiscing about my recent trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  As I was unpacking my boxes after our move, I came across my Butterbeer cup, my wand, and a few other things I picked up on our journey…and I found myself missing it more and more!

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Regardless of whether you love or loath Harry Potter, there’s no denying that the park abounds with amazing detail.  Movie props pepper the park, voices of familiar characters can be heard throughout the Hogwarts castle, and you can even TAKE THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS between parks!

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I may or may not have cried on that ride…but I definitely cried.

J.K. Rowling had a hand in everything while the park was being created, from the look and flow of the scenery to the title of the songs that crooner Celestia Warbeck sings on stage.  It really is a dream come true for fans of the series and is FILLED with little nods that lovers of the books and movies are sure to appreciate.

If you’re planning a trip to TWWoHP in the near future, here are 21 little nuggets (or should I say Galleons!) to keep in mind as you plan your trip!

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21 Fun Facts About The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Many of the Wizarding World staff members are from the U.K.  The park hired a large number of its team members directly from Britain to make the experience as authentic as possible.

Every staff member also takes an exam, testing their knowledge of the books and movies to make sure their interactions go as smoothly as possible.  Nothing’s getting past these guys!

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Author J.K. Rowling had final say on the Butterbeer recipe served at the park.

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A Crumple-Horned Snorkack, Luna Lovegood’s favorite magical creature, can be seen in the Magical Menagerie store…though Luna herself has yet to find one IRL.

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Look up in the windows of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and you’ll see house elves all over the place!  Even Kreacher makes an appearance from behind the curtain of 12 Grimmauld Place every few minutes.  CREEEEEEEPY!

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride features appearances from original actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, and Rupert Grint; however, Emma Watson nor Daniel Radcliffe reprised their roles…so Harry and Hermione might sound different on the ride.

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Though Moaning Myrtle haunts the girls’ bathroom in the books and movies, boys and girls can hear Moaning Myrtle haunt their toilets throughout the park bathrooms.

In order to build Diagon Alley, the famous Jaws ride had to be taken down. As a tribute, a record is visible in the windows of the shop on Charing Cross Road, where the Jaws ride was, that has a song titled “Here’s to Swimmin’ with Bo Legged Women”, a direct quote from the Jaws movie.  There’s also a set of shark teeth in the Mullpepper’s Apothecary.

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There’s an actual London-style phone in the King’s Cross section of the park.  If you dial 62442 (MAGIC), you’ll be connected to the Ministry of Magic.

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The Hogwarts Express was built in Switzerland and was artificially aged to make it look as though it had made the journey from Hogwarts to London thousands of times.

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The same musicians hired to play the film soundtracks played new arrangements for the park attractions.

J.K. Rowling wrote the titles of every song Celestia Warbeck sings in the park.

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You can converse with the goblin tellers inside Gringotts Bank.  If you ring a desk bell, the goblin teller will look directly at you (!!).  Ask the goblin a question like, “How old are you?” or “Did you know there’s a dragon on the roof?” and see what they say…

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You can trade your muggle money in for Gringotts money, which can be used throughout the park.

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Ask an employee in London’s King Cross station how to find Platform 9¾…they will look at you like you’re crazy, bristle in annoyance or confusion, or make a sarcastic remark about how bonkers you are. The wizards working at both Potter-themed parks know their stuff — and they stay in character (and challenge your Harry Potter knowledge) at every turn.

The earmuffs near the mandrake roots, the desks and chalkboard in the Dark Arts classroom, Cho Chang’s dress from the Yule Ball, the carriage compartment in the Hogwarts Express train and, most notably, Hagrid’s motorcycle are just a few of the real movie props you can spot in the park.

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The dragon atop Gringotts is a Ukrainian Ironbelly…and it has breathed fire more than 15,000 times since the park opened.

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Nearly all of the Horcruxes are available for purchase at the parks.  The only missing Horcruxes are Helga Hufflepuff’s cup and Harry himself. The locket, ring, Tom Riddle’s diary, a stuffed Nagini, and even Rowena Ravenclaw’s bedazzled diadem are for sale.

Want a challenge?  Mention the name “Voldemort” to any Harry Potter park employee…

The actual costumes from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are on display at Gladrags Wizardwear.

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In the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes joke shop, you can adopt your very own Pygmy Puff.  When you do, the attendant will ring a bell and announce the name of your Pygmy Puff to the whole store.

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