“No post on Sundays.”
Remember “The Letters from No One” chapter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? Letters arrive every day from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to the house on Privet Drive. Harry’s uncle destroys the letters, nails the mail slot shut, and tries to ignore the dozens of messages coming in from everywhere for
Mr. H. Potter
The Cupboard under the Stairs
But if you and your family are as Harry Potter obsessed as mine, you might like to receive your own post from the wizarding world!
At Christmastime, I subscribed to Loot Crate’s “J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World” for my three sons (13, 11, and 9).
Our first crate arrived last week, to much enthusiasm. Its theme is “The Ties That Bind” and includes these magical items:
Hogwarts House Tie
Since most of my family is sorted into Gryffindor (with the exception of one Ravenclaw), I specified this house when I signed up at Loot Crate. This is a high-quality necktie in the house colors with the lion device.
How do you get sorted into a house? Register at Pottermore and go see the Sorting Hat. (The Patronus experience at Pottermore is phenomenal! My Patronus is a badger. 😀)
Black Family Tree Tapestry
This tapestry replica—featured in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—illustrates Sirius Black’s family tree, including Bellatrix Lestrange and Draco Malfoy. Family members who have been disowned for various reasons have had their faces blackened.
The tapestry, which is a deep green and looks like it came straight out of the Dark Ages, can be worn as a scarf or used as a wall hanging.
Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem Pin
The lost diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is one of the most renowned relics of the wizarding world. Rowena was said to have enchanted the sapphire crown so that its wearer would increase in wisdom. It is inscribed
Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.
But when a dark wizard stole it, the diadem was made into a Horcrux, hiding a piece of his soul to attain immortality.
The Loot Crate pin comprises the Ravenclaw emblem and jewels from Rowena’s diadem.
The Wand Collection book details every wizard, witch, and wand from the Harry Potter films. Each two-page spread features the character on the left, from Harry to Ollivander, and the right page spotlights the wand crafted for the movies.
The photography is outstanding, and I also appreciate the behind-the-scenes particulars, such as quotes from the actors and filmmakers.
How to Get Your Wizarding World Crate
While “The Ties That Bind” crate is no longer available, the current crate’s theme is “Hogwarts House Pride.”
Go to Loot Crate and choose a plan (1, 3, or 6 crates). Each crate is $39.99, but the package has a retail value of $65 or more and includes 5–7 officially licensed items from Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, exclusive to Loot Crate.
You will also need to select a house (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw) and a tee-shirt size (XS–2XL).
Crates arrive between the 15th and 25th of every odd-numbered month.