There’s nothing quite like getting something in the mail. I’m not talking about bills or junk mail of course, but things like packages, letters or a postcard. Personal mail sent to you from a friend or family member. The only thing better than that is getting magical mail.
I am participating in a Harry Potter Box Swap, where two Harry Potter fans fill a box with HP merchandise and crafts, send it to another fan, and get one in return.
I met my swap partner on Facebook, after one of the admins of a fan page I follow (S.P.E.W.) posted that they would be holding a Harry Potter Box Swap if anyone was interested. I immediately signed up and I have had a blast creating the items to put in my partner’s box.
I tried to include just about everything you would need to be a proper witch or wizard. Nearly everything in the box was designed and/or made by me, inspired by the Harry Potter series as well as some tutorials I found online.
An owl to carry your messages. (also a good companion if you are locked in your room all summer by anti-magic muggles).
A shirt to show off your House Pride. (my swap partner is a Gryffindor and quite fond of the Weasleys, so I thought “Weasley Is Our King” would be a good fit.)
Potions Ingredients, including Powdered Bicorn Horn, Sopohorus Beans and Sprigs of Valerian.
A Necklace featuring Professor Snape’s Patronus and most famous line. (My swap partner loves Severus!)
A Gryffindor bookmark to use while reading.
Some English Breakfast Tea and a Gryffindor Red Mug. For a nice cup of tea while reading your favorite Harry Potter book (or writing your History of Magic essay).
Some House Decor. My swap partner is a mother, so I figure at some point she’ll find some use for this sign.
And some of Honeydukes Finest Chocolate. (Because who doesn’t like chocolate?)
I finished off my box with a short letter written on aged parchment (paper painted with tea to give it an “old” look) in green ink, outlining what to expect in the box and telling a little about myself. I have high hopes this exchange will lead to a long and happy friendship!
I haven’t received my box yet, but I’ll be posting again when I do, to show off all the awesomeness!
To wrap this up I want to thank the amazing J.K. Rowling for creating a little bespectacled boy wizard with messy back hair and taking us all on the magical journey of a lifetime!