Top Ten Harry Potter Inspired Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

It is that most wonderful time of the year again. Soon Santa will be placing gifts under sparkly Christmas trees or into festive stockings. Which is why on today’s Pottermas post Elizabeth, Nicole and I will be sharing our top ten Harry Potter themed gifts we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees. It’s a Top Ten Tuesday for The Broke and The Bookish and Pottermas all in one neat little package.

 

1- The Illustrated Harry Potter Series Books

 

2- Harry Potter Pops (Dementor, Sirius, Hogwarts Uniform: Harry, Ron, Hermione)

 

3- Bellatrix necklace

 

4- Slytherin Ribbon Bookmark

 

5- Hogwarts Print in the style of  Van Gogh Starry Night Style

 

6- When In Doubt go to the Library Quote print

 

7- My Very Own Hogwarts Trunk

 

8- Mandrake Amigurumi toy

9- Bellatrix Lestrange’s Dagger

 

10- Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand

 

 

I am assuming that by now, you can see I have quite the obsession with Bellatrix, which I know seems odd. However, I have really grown to love villains and find them very interesting as characters. What are some of the Harry Potter gifts you would like to receive this holiday season? Make sure to check out Elizabeth’s and Nicole’s posts too. Remember, you can follow along all month long by using the hashtag #Pottermas16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Pottermas: Hogwarts Letters Inspired Envelope Tutorial

Welcome to a weekend edition of Pottermas. Today Nicole, Elizabeth and I will be sharing a few crafts we have recently been working on which happen to be inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. 

The tutorial I will be sharing is on how to make your very own Hogwarts letter envelopes. We made these for Elizabeth’s shower. For a personal touch, we decided to address them based on the guest’s personality and where he or she might enjoy hanging out in the wizarding world. 


 

Let’s get started. For the Hogwarts letters, you will need the following:

  • Envelopes (I used beige as they already the beginnings of the “hue” we want to make them look “aged”.
  • Tan or Brown colored ink pad. (Quick-drying ink will help you not have to wait for ages for things to dry).
  • Wax (for melting and creating the Hogwarts seal)
  • Hogwarts or Your House seal stamp
  • Emerald green brush pen or marker
  • Paper towel (with some texture) or small sponge
  • Newspaper or kraft paper (to work on so your table won’t get messy)
  • Owl mail inspired stamp or stickers
  • Lighter (to melt wax)


Step 1: Get Inked

Lightly pad paper towel onto the ink pad. Lightly start dabbing the corners of the envelopes and work your way to the center. The outer corners and sides should be a little darker and the center should be fairly light. Use dabbing and sliding motions with the paper towel to create different textures and lighter or darker impressions. (Hint: Start with very light ink, and make it darker as you go along and decided how “aged” you want the letters to be.)






Step 2: Let envelopes fully dry

 

Step 3: Owl Postage

Using your inked Owl mail stamp (I got mine on Etsy) make a postmark on the top right. If you want you can elaborate with an Owl postal service sticker on the bottom left (I got the image on Etsy and printed them on clear sticky paper).

 

Step 4: Addressing Your Letters

Address your letters using the emerald ink marker or pen. I was making these for Elizabeth’s baby shower and we decided to use places in the Harry Potter books to address our letters to. We also based our addresses on the guests’ personalities and likes for a special personalized touch.

Step 5: Time to Wax on

Using a lighter I lit up the wax sealer and let drips fall onto the back of the envelope to seal our letters. Nicole was kind enough to loan us her official Hogwarts wax seal stamp to put the finishing touch. While the wax is still hot, slowly press the seal into the wax. Hold for a few seconds and slowly pull off. An impression should be left in place of the seal.

Step 6: Enjoy!

What did you think of my Hogwarts letter inspired envelopes? Have you ever tried crafting something based on the Harry Potter series? I would love to hear all about them. Make sure to follow along with Pottermas by following the hashtag #Pottermas16. Also, don’t forget to visit Nicole at Nicole’s Novel Reads and Elizabeth at BookYabber for other fun crafts.


Happy Crafting!

 

Pottermas: Harry Potter Funko Pop Photoshoot!!!

This past weekend Nicole (Nicole’s Novel Reads), Elizabeth (BookYAbber) and I celebrated our “Friendmas”. It was also a day full of crafting to help Elizabeth get a few things finished for her Harry Potter themed baby shower. Since we were working on finishing up potion bottles for the centerpieces, we decided to also do a Harry Potter Funko Pop photo shoot for this Pottermas post. 

Too much sun….back to the dungeon we go!! (photo credit: Nicole)

 

We each also knew that the collection would be growing as we all got each other some new Pops from the latest new wave. If you are new to Pottermas 2016, you can check out my introduction here. Also be sure to follow along with us by using the hashtag #Pottermas16 and also #PottermasPops.

Cutest Nibbler EVER!

I arrived at Elizabeth’s just a few minutes before Nicole did. Once we settled in for the day we decided to start with our gift exchange. Nicole received A Nibbler (SO CUTE) from Elizabeth and Yule Ball Ron and Hermione from myself. Elizabeth received the Weasley twins from Nicole and I. They are ADORABLE, and just look super mischievous. As for myself, Nicole gifted me Bellatrix Lestrange and Elizabeth gifted me Draco Malfoy. Between all the new Pops gifted and the ones we each brought for the shoot, we had quite the collection.

Being a child at heart, I could not help but be extra silly with all the Pops….especially my Voldy and Bellatrix. At one point I made a fun little video of my favorite little death eaters and the dementor looming over the other Pops. You can see it here on Instagram. Nicole and Elizabeth had to try ever so hard not to burst out laughing at my random singing and weirdness. 

My Favorite Little Death Eaters and Dementor….

We did not plan too many scenes for the day, as we had lots of crafting to accomplish. However, we did manage to get a few shots of Snape’s Potion class along with the potion bottles we created to use during Elizabeth’s shower.

Snape’s Potion class….and yes…that’s our background of Hogwarts Castle.

Later on, once all the crafting was done and it was time to get ready to go home we took a big group shot of all the Pops together. Nicole and I still have a few at home that were not present. Overall, we had a really fun day filled with laughter, Harry Potter mischief and best of all, awesome friends.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and be sure to check back because the new year will definitely be filled with more adventures and Harry Potter Funko Pops photoshoots.

 

Pottermas: Harry Potter Inspired Recipe for Vampire Lollipops

Welcome to another segment of Pottermas. On today’s post Nicole, Elizabeth and I will each be sharing our personal favorite recipes inspired by the Harry Potter movies. There are so many delicious treats mentioned throughout the books so it wasn’t hard to find something to fit each of our individual tastes. Make sure to check out Nicole’s post and Elizabeth’s for more yummy treats. The treat I am highlighting are super easy to make and not only incorporate Harry Potter, but also my favorite “monster” vampires. These would be great to make for any Harry Potter inspired parties, or for Halloween too.

Vampire Blood Lollipops

(Recipe Yields about 12 lollipops)

Photo Credit: Lisa at tissuepapers.blogspot.com

 

Manufactured by: Mr. and Mrs. Flume (actual recipe credit goes to Lisa– www.tissupapers.blogspot.com

 

Sold at: The “Unusual Tastes” section of Honeydukes in Hogsmeade
These are inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when Ron and Hermione discuss whether or not to purchase some for Harry. (Also shown in the movie when Harry snags it away from Neville Longbottom before he takes a lick).

“Ugh, no, Harry won’t want one of those, they’re for vampires, I expect.”—Hermione Granger on the proposal to buy Harry Potter a blood-flavored lollipop.

Blood-flavored lollipops are sold in the “Unusual Tastes” section of Honeydukes in Hogsmeade. They are possibly sold in other wizarding places as well. It is unclear if they are appealing to anyone other than vampires, or perhaps are meant to be used to play a trick on others. (From Fandom Harry Potter Wikia)

Step 1- Gather all ingredients

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup

  • red food coloring

  • white lollipops stick – you can find them at your local craft store (like Michael’s or online on Amazon).

Tasty Hint: You can even add flavor oils like peppermint or strawberry if you like.

Step 2 – Melt the Sugar

  • Bring sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small (thick sided) saucepan, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved completely.  If you have a candy thermometer it will register 300 degrees to 310 degrees (hard-crack stage), 5 to 7 minutes.

  • While the sugar is boiling lay out your lollipop sticks onto a silicon baking mat.

Helpful Hint: Put baking mat onto a cookie sheet to make it easier to move around and a nice hard level surface. )

Step 3 – The Ice Bath

  • Once you have placed your lollipop sticks down  – Fill a larger pot with ice water. When your sugar mixture is ready – 300 degrees to 310 degrees, immediately set the pan into ice-water bath to stop the cooking (syrup will steam vigorously – be careful of the steam).

  • Let the mixture sit for about 25 seconds.

  • Swirl pan 1 minutes more to cool – it while still be bubbling, that’s OK .

Step 4 – Pour and Add the “Blood”

  • Working very quickly, pour syrup onto the silicon baking sheets, forming circles (2 to 31/2 inches in diameter) and spacing pours about 3 inches apart – then press in lollipop sticks.  (The don’t have to be perfect circles)

    The fun BLOODY part:

  • With the red food coloring – squirt a few drops into each lollipop (I would do one at a time to make it easier to work with), using one of the lollipop sticks drags the stick through some of the food coloring to get the desired look for the “blood”.

Helpful Hint: Add a few more drops to the blood coagulated look. 

Step 5- Let Lollipops Cool

  • Let stand for about 5 – 10 minutes for the sugar to harden completely. 

Step 6 – Enjoy and Share with Friends…or Vampires…

Photo credit: LIsa- Tissuepapers.blogspot

 

What are some of your favorite treats from the Harry Potter books/movies? Have you ever tried to create a Harry Potter inspired recipe? I would love to hear all about them. Share your comments with me below. Remember to follow along all month long with the #Pottermas16 and to visit Nicole and Elizabeth to see what yummy treats they are sharing the recipe for.

My Top 10 Most Underrated Moments from Harry Potter

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Welcome back to #Pottermas16! This is a seasonal Harry Potter feature that Elizabeth from BookYAbber, Nicole from Nicole’s Novel Reads and myself will be hosting on our blogs all month long. You can follow along with us by using #Pottermas16, and chatting with us on Twitter (@BookYAbber, @NicoleMoy, @MarciliaLoubach).

In today’s post, we are sharing our favorite top ten most underrated moments from the Harry Potter series. Here are my choices:

 

Aragog’s Funeral– When Aragog dies, Hagrid asked Ron, Hermione and Harry to help bury him. The security around the castle is heightened due to the news that Voldemort is back. Harry isn’t worried because he drank his Felix Felicis potion. Harry runs into Professor Slughorn, who ends up helping with the burial. After the burial, Hagrid, Slughorn, and Harry all make toasts to Aragog and drink a little too much mead. Harry takes advantage of the inebriated Professor Slughorn to retrieve a memory of Tom Riddle asking him about Horcruxes.

aragog

 

Professor McGonagall and the Flying Harry– Harry might have never become the Gryffindor seeker if Professor McGonagall had not bent the rules when she caught him flying on his broomstick without proper supervision. It is also important to note that Professor McGonagall is the first to send Harry Potter a gift (his Nimbus 2000) via his first official owl post asides his acceptance letters from Hogwarts his uncle and aunt tried so hard to keep from him.

mcgonagall

 

Unbreakable Vow– When Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy come calling at Snape’s home in Spinner’s End they ask Snape to prove his loyalty to the Dark Lord. He does this by swearing to an Unbreakable Vow. If Narcissa’s son Draco should fail to complete the task Voldemort gives him, Snape must complete it or face probable death. Bellatrix binds Narcissa to Snape, to seal the vow. Later in the series we find out how both Snape and Narcissa (each in their own way) actually end up helping to save Harry Potter in the end. It proves that even the darkest of wizards can repent and are capable of love. Narcissa for her son Draco, and Snape for his love of Lily Potter.

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Luna and the Thestrals– Because Luna’s mother died when she was very young, she has been able to see Thestrals from a very early age. When Harry Potter encounters the creatures for the first time it is Luna that explains to him why he can see them. Later in the series, it is Luna that suggests to Harry that they use the Thestrals to get to the Ministry of Magic.

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The Veil/Sirius’s Death– When Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Luna visit the Ministry of Magic, they end up in the Death Chamber. In the middle of this chamber is an archway known as the Veil. Everyone except Hermione is drawn to the Veil (it is assumed that everyone except Hermione believes in an afterlife or has experience with death) which is why Hermione doesn’t see it as anything extraordinary. But Hermione is right to be scared and cautious about getting too close.

veil

They are ambushed by Death Eaters but the Order of the Phoenix arrives just in time to help them fight. Unfortunately, Sirius is hit by one of the many curses Bellatrix sends his way. He loses his balance and falls through the Veil and dies instantly. We find out  in book 6 that there was never a funeral held for Sirius. His body was never recovered from inside the Veil. To this day I still think the Veil is one of the most underrated things in the series. I really want to know more about it, and how we can bring Sirius back.

 

Voldy loves Bella – This is a fan-fiction dream that always hangs out in the inner crevices of my mind. I love these two villains so much (I know…what’s wrong with me?). I have two moments involving these two that I find underrated.

In the Order of the Phoenix, while dueling in the Ministry of Magic Voldemort must get away, he grabs Bellatrix before apparating. She is the only Death Eater present he stops to help.

Later in the series during the Battle of Hogwarts Bellatrix attempts to kill Ginny Weasley with a curse but misses. An angry Molly Weasley comes after Bellatrix and eventually hits her with a curse that causes Bellatrix to die. When this happens Voldemort cries out. Does this mean he had feelings for Bella after all? I say yes. 😉

bellatric

voldy

 

Narcissa Declares Harry Potter “Dead”– As the Battle of Hogwarts starts to come to a close, Voldemort attempts the Killing Curse on Harry. Narcissa is chosen to check that Harry is dead. When she realizes Harry is alive, she decides to betray Voldemort. Reuniting with her son and family are the only things that matter. Narcissa whispers to ask if Draco is okay. Harry responds with a “yes”. She then pronounces Harry to be dead. This act of mercy not only helps to save Harry but ultimately keeps the Malfoys from being sent to Azkaban once Voldemort is finally defeated by Harry Potter.

narcissa

hes-dead

 

Hagrid carries “dead” Harry back to Hogwarts – Hagrid is forced to carry Harry’s lifeless body back to Hogwarts when Voldemort thinks he has defeated the young wizard. Hagrid can barely contain his grief. Though he is being forced, Hagrid is doing what he has always done. Delivering Harry back to his home.

Hagrid was the one who delivered baby Harry to the Dursleys. He also recovers Harry from the Dursleys so he can attend Hogwarts. Hagrid is the one that takes him to Diagon Alley and becomes Harry’s first friend. Through all the years it is Hagrid that has helped Harry get through many of his “rights of passage” in the wizarding world…even in death.

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Christmas Eve at Godrick’s Hollow– While on the “run” Harry and Hermione visit Godrick’s Hollow on Christmas Eve. They go there to find Bathilda Bagshot. This is also the first time Harry comes face to face with his parents’ grave.

Though this is a somber and sad moment, it feels like it could almost be like a Christmas present for Harry. He finally gets to be close to his parents. He gets to see the town he and his parents lived in, even if just for a little bit. It’s very bittersweet.

godricks-hollow

 

Deathday Party/Ghosts– In Chamber of Secrets we find out that it is the 500th anniversary of Sir Nicholas death. Sir Nicholas invites the trio to attend his deathday party. This event that is not usually attended by living beings and the severely spoiled disgusts them. Apparently, it is the only kind of food that the ghosts can come close to tasting. The ghosts and their stories are also very interesting. Why were they still around? Why does each house have a ghost? Can the ghosts ever hope to find peace?

 

I would love to know what some of your favorite underrated moments from the Harry Potter Series are. Make sure to leave me your comments below.

Remember to follow Elizabeth (BookYAbber), Nicole (Nicole’s Novel Reads) and myself this entire month as we continue to celebrate all things Harry Potter during our #Pottermas16.

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