Once a week I sift through the millions of Etsy listings to find the best in geek chic for Blog@ readers. Last week I gave you a Grab Bag assortment of geeky items from the crafting website but this week is something closer to my heart – Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling’s über-successful book series has already come to a close but this week sees the final installment of the film franchise. And boy am I bringing tissues with me to the theater. Even though the end will be sad, Harry Potter will remain awesome in my eyes forever. Here is a special extended edition of Etsy Made Me Do It. Accio crafts!
One of the biggest parts of going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry is getting sorted into one of the four Houses. User TheTrendySparrow lets you choose for yourself! (Something Harry was able to do) Here is a Slytherin Keepsake Trinket box measuring 6 1/4″ x 3″ x 3 1/2″ with Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff also available for $17 each. A larger Gryffindor box is also for sale for $27 or a Golden Snitch box for $22.
The crazy words Rowling created for her magical spells have become imbedded in my brain. Why not wear them? These Harry Potter Custom Word or Charm Necklace Silver or Gold are certainly one way to do it! User chloe24k will send you one of your choice for $24.
Although each House has their own crest, Hogwarts itself has one that combines all four. You can show your school pride with this Harry Potter Antiqued Looking Crest Wall Art Print. User pixturethis created a collage of 8.5″ x 11″ prints, 9 of them making a minimum size of 25.5″ x 33″ wall hanging overall. The collection comes framed, $45.
The films have spawned countless amounts of fan art through the years but some of my favorites have been fan-made posters. These Vintage Harry Potter Movie Poster Collection are some of the best I’ve seen. But then again, I’m a sucker for the minimalist approach. The posters are 11×17 and user balancedpersonality has a set of 7 for $90. He also has them each sold separately in his shop for $15.
For the true film buff, how about this Harry Potter Inspired Chunky Bangle? This clear resin bangle contains images and sayings from several of the films and comes off looking like you stole a strip of the actual film strip. User buymycrap has this one for $36 as well as a differently designed cuff (and a few other HP items) for $38.
It’s hard for me to forget the films were transformed from some fantastic books but just in case you do, why not buy this Harry Potter Bookmark for $7.50? User Bogles chose Harry’s owl Hedwig for this one, resting on a pile of Hogwarts literature. If you’re looking for something equally adorable featuring Harry and his beloved pet, try this Harry and Hedwig sticker. Just $1.50 from user koalateashop.
Sometimes it’s fun to pretend you’re doing spells when partaking in every day activities. For instance, you can imagine you have the power to control light and dark when using the ORIGINAL Lumos and Nox Lightswitch Plate! User trophies has this one for $13.50 or you could go with the non-original (?) and slightly understated one from user kayleighm for $5.
Speaking of spells…Make Love, Not Horcruxes. $22, also from trophies.
And finally, since Hogwarts is getting all blowed-up in trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, perhaps you should send away for your Hogwarts Diploma instead. User writtenbysanta will create a personalized Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry diploma complete with Professor McGonagall’s and Headmaster Professor Dumbledore’s signatures at the bottom and a cardstock folder that has a gold foil Hogwarts crest on the front! Just $12.50.
As always, bear in mind, since Etsy is a craft website and not a commercial, mass-market dealer, items are almost always one-of-a-kind or in very limited availability. When you see something you like, buy it. It may not be there the next time you surf round. (Yes, it’s a very dangerous site for your wallet.) Also, since most items are created individually, many sellers are willing to customize something specifically to suit your needs. Just ask!