Harry Potter mania seems to come out of hibernation right around fall, doesn't it? If you've been waiting for your Hogwarts letter to no avail, it's time you take matters into your own hands and bring the Hogwarts to you. Whether you're after the wizarding look just for, say, regular life, or for a more specific occasion like Halloween, here are some ideas to accio into your home.
Those pesky non-twist-off import beer bottle tops can be a thing of the past if only you'd apply a little magic to your spirits. Okay, so this Alohomora bottle opener keychain (at Etsy, $10.95) won't unlatch your beer itself, but it'll certainly make cracking open a cold one feel more magical.
So technically, this floating candle "ceiling" a la Hogwarts' Great Hall was created by This Calls For a Party for a kid's birthday fete, but we could definitely see this fantastical installation in a grown up dining room or foyer. Here's a great tutorial on how to make this come to life—no wingardium leviosa spell necessary.
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This Deathly Hallows mirror is probably the chicest Harry Potter-inspired piece of home decor we've ever seen. Triangle Circle Wall Mirror Geometric at Etsy, $68
Force the hand of your Hogwarts invitation with a faux letters-flying-in-through-the-fireplace display (like this photo booth set up by Craftster Chic). Take the whole project to the next level with wax seals—Wandering Weasley's attempt above used melted red crayon and an H fashioned from molding clay.
Sure, this mug isn't exactly accurate with what we see in Prisoner of Azkaban, but we'll let it slide because it's two HP references for the price of one, and we're okay with that. Platform 9 3/4 Mug with Tessomancy Grim at Etsy, $13
Deathly Hallows mirror not for you? Maybe this DH sconce is more your speed. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Wall Sconce at Etsy, $45
Save yourself a trip to Flourish and Botts in Diagon Alley, and print out these free book covers instead.
Round up your old clarinet cases, that random decorative bird cage from Pier 1 you may or may not have spray painted turquoise at some point, a plastic cauldron, an old trunk and wrap up some of those Amazon boxes you have laying around with brown paper and twine, and ta-da! School is in session.