As I wrote about in my last Harry Potter post, my children have gone raving mad about Harry, Ron, and Hermoine! You can hear spell of enchantment throughout the house most everyday from sun up to sun down, and beyond. The children have incorporated some of their belongings into the HP world, so I thought I’d share these Harry Potter essentials with you, so you, too, can see how to make the most of what you have; or you may want to add these items to your own trunk of tricks.
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Up first, and most obviously, are the Harry Potter books. You can purchase them individually, or now in a box set. The movies are great, but nothing beats a great book; they’re portable, you don’t need a special gizmo for them (unless you have the Kindle versions), and they promote literacy and imagination.
The natural progression is to watch the Harry Potter movies, of course! We’re watching each one after Tristan finishes the corresponding novel. He’s noticing the differences between how books read and how movies are produced.
If you happen to be taking a trip to Edinburgh (or know someone who is), 2 new shops have just opened there, The Boy Wizard and Museum Context. I love Edinburgh and would love to return again, and we will be sure to be stopping by to see what’s in store. We may not be able to purchase anything, but it would be fun just to look around, I’m sure!
We have been using Letterbox Labs, and the second box is ‘Magic Up Your Sleeve,’ which has been wonderful for the kids to work on during their HP excitement! It comes with a wand, messages written on dissolving paper, and more! You can read our review of it here.
Along with this, is a magic box the Easter Bunny brought for the kids a few years back. There’s a wand, a hat, and a blooklet of tricks to learn. The kids were a little young at the time, but they’ve brought the box out again with more enthusiasm.
Another way to learn some great magic tricks is online. My kids loved learning these tricks, crafting them out of things around the house. This is still one of my top-viewed posts!
I mentioned previously that Tristan wore his grey Star Wars hooded housecoat around the house, pretending it’s a Hogwart’s cloak, but he also now has his own Gryffindor costume, and Kallista has Hermoine…and don’t forget about the wands!
A blanket works great as an invisibility cloak…although I mustn’t have the same powers as the children as they always see me when I’m wandering through the house under it! However, I think this invisibility cloak would work well.
How do your children use things they already have and incorporate them into Harry Potter, or other make believe play? Share their ideas in the comments so we can all have a little something up our sleeve to provide a little magic in our children’s lives. Alternatively, what other Harry Potter essentials do you recommend?