Harry Potter Wizard Chest – Christmas FTW.

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Someone hand me the award. Because I nailed Christmas gifting this year. Totally nailed it.

And I quote … “Mom, you’re the bestest ever! I’m going to keep this FOREVAAAAAHH!”

Bestest. Ever.

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There was a time when I won a different kind of parenting award. The not-good kind. The I-can’t-believe-you-forgot-the-Easter-Bunny-you-terrible-mother kind. But this? This is legit.

Isn’t reading incredible? I love that this Harry Potter journey has been the catalyst to my children’s desire to learn to read. I now have a voracious reader of a daughter and an up-and-coming preschooler boy who is figuring out so many words already. They want to read. And let me tell you, it takes a special kind of book–one that they’ll always remember–that first inspires young readers. Thank you, JK Rowling.

I took a long break from writing the sequel to my novel, Hiding Haelo, to put together the ultimate Harry Potter lover’s chest. This all started with a little pin I saw on Pinterest of a printable Marauder’s MapMy kids will love that, I thought. My kids are obsessed with Harry Potter. I might have encouraged that obsession, but it’s there nonetheless. Well, that Map started a chain effect, which got waaaay outta control. Next thing I knew, I was spending hours a day for way too many days putting together the ultimate Harry Potter wizard kit for each of my two oldest kids. Nailed it, guys. Nailed it.

They LOVE these.

Included in their Wizard kits are:
Chests 
Wands 
House Notebooks 
Quills
Spell Books
Character/Creature encyclopedias
Marauders Maps
Ministry of Magic Identifications
Leather Bookmarks
Golden Snitches
Sorcerer’s Stones
Harry Glasses/Hermione Time-Turner Necklace 
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
DementAway Chocolate
Chocolate Frogs
Hogwarts robes. (Which I’d already made a few months back for Halloween.)

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Harry, Hermione, and little Ron-ette. Aren’t they cute!? Look at those faces.
Or this one. Look at this face.
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I mean, come on.

So they have everything they need to play wizard. Except, well, magic.

(I came *this* close to sewing invisibility cloaks.)

Disclaimer:  I have a printer, a sewing machine, a hot glue gun, epoxy, and a laminator (okay, my mom has the laminator). A good friend of mine already had the chocolate frog mold, too. I had leftover faux leather from when I cut a leather topper kid-shield for my freshly-stained kitchen table. I also already had off-white cardstock, embroidery thread, gold sewing thread, small glittery ornaments, wire ribbon, chopsticks, spare composition notebooks, wood stain, modpodge, an old leather studded purse, neodymium magnets, Hershey bars (we’re a s’more family) and those little plastic treat bags. The Hogwarts robes, Harry glasses and Hermione necklace we already had from Halloween.

So really, I only had to buy the paperweight “sorcerer’s stones,” the hinged boxes, the photo prints for the encyclopedias (in which I used a 50% off coupon code), photo albums from the dollar store, Bean-Boozled jelly beans, glitter scrapbook foam, and “quills.” The biggest expense by far was when my printer ran out of ink. Because our $30 printer uses $45 ink. Seriously.

So, yes, these kits were relatively inexpensive …  for me and my stocked crafting horde. If you had to buy everything from scratch it could get pretty pricey.

Expense aside… the time put into these was so far beyond reasonable. The encyclopedia alone took me like 5 days of go-to-bed-at-three-in-the-morning. But lucky you, I did it already! So if you want to make these, you just have to print! Go ahead and click on each item to get to the good stuff.

Someone pat me on the back.

After I’d put the whole thing together, I placed the quills (in their packaging) at the bottom of a big box (because they don’t fit in the treasure chests), then placed the chests on top. Then I added the wrapped Funko Pop characters they asked for for Christmas (Quidditch Harry, Sirius Black, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Hermione, and Luna Lovegood) and threw in their Halloween Hogwarts robes to keep all the boxes from shifting around.

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Harry Potter FTW. SuperMom FTW.

P.S. Did I mention that a stuffed Hedwig, and a super awesome Firebolt broom might have also been Christmas presents this year? Nailed it. I totally nailed it.

Reading is awesome. My daughter couldn’t read when we started this journey. She had little interest. Now she’s a voracious reader. She got a few different beginner chapter books for christmas from different people and she’s been plowing through them. I’m sure you have those *certain* books from your own childhood that inspired your reading. Yay for that.

 

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