It’s Harry Potter week at Pop Goes the Page! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 will be released this weeked, and there will be launch parties and countdown events galore. I thought it would be helpful to compile all of Pop’s Harry Potter posts and projects, just in case you find something that might come in handy at your wizardly celebration.
Perhaps our most popular Harry Potter post is Magical Miniatures. It’s an interview with Sally Wallace, a miniaturist and artist who constructs astounding Harry Potter dollhouses and miniature scenes. Feast your eyes on Hogwarts!
However, if your magical real estate aspirations need to be on a slightly smaller scale, try this Gothic votive castle. See the greenhouse to the left of the castle? Peek inside and you’ll see that the mandrakes are ready for re-potting!
Herbology continues with this little dried herb amulet…
Another Harry Potter post I dearly love is this suitcase boggart. I designed it for a Defense Against the Dark Arts table. The secret ingredient to make the suitcase thump and bump is a battery-operated pet toy!
We’ve also made plenty of dragon and monster projects in the past, from a monster food chain to a black light foil dragon. Representing the forces of good, however, is this phoenix puppet. You can make it out of a tissue box, and stroll around with it cradled in your arms.
Moving on to school supplies, try these simple, but immensely popular, quill pens.
And don’t forget that every Hogwarts student needs an wrist owl to deliver the mail! This little fellow is made out of a toilet paper tube and pipe cleaner.
Once your school supplies are assembled, hit the classroom with the Chemistry of Magic!
Or, learn some smaller spells from a pair of Slytherin students who joined us at our School for Scoundrels program. They taught kids Aparecium, Furnunculus, and Inanimatus Conjures, but Confundo was definitely the most popular.
There’s also this post, which features a DIY Harry Potter party put together by Hope, our kid tester. Here, you’ll find inexpensive decor ideas, templates, recipes, and useful links.
And what would Harry Potter be without some treats? My favorite food post highlights the gourmet pumpkin pasties crafted by Melody Edwards, a Princeton University graduate who is currently in culinary school. They were yummy. Yum-MMY!
Those wanting a more academic perspective on Harry Potter (not to mention a look at some goodies from our rare books vaults) should check out the Harry Potter and the Mystery of the Author’s Name post on Cotsen’s curatorial blog. It’s about the different ways J.K. Rowling’s name has been spelled (and misspelled!) in various editions over the years.
If, by the way, you’re wondering about the image that started this post (like how I magically appear 9 years younger?), it’s a promo photo from a Harry Potter event we hosted in 2007, before the final book came out. You can read more about it, and some of my techniques for promoting programs, here.