Accio, Potter Presents!

Hello Escritori,

It just so happened that my sister Mary 3 had a birthday she wanted to double up with Eid. She is a devoted Harry Potter fan. Last year I gave her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in a brown paper parcel bearing the words:

“I SOLEMNLY SWEAR THAT I AM UP TO NO GOOD” and she actually hugged me.

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I quite enjoyed this deeply unexpected experience, so this year the easiest ever Potter sweet cheat was to buy her some Ferrero Rocher chocolates, or “Sleeping Snitch Sweets”. You can turn these hazelnut truffles into winged snitches here.

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Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck) sounded like one of the nicest potions to gift. A friend wisely told me not to overspend, so I used a clean a jam jar to store it in and made a brown paper label. Felix Felicis fan iconography showed dice for luck, so I also attached a black wooden die to the lid (six upwards.) You can also customise/buy a cube-shaped bead, or use aged plastic dice.

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The Felix Felicis powder itself, is Mango and Passionfruit Instant Tea from Whittard of Chelsea. Instant teas are extremely sugary – this is NOT a daily tipple. However, as a powder it is quite a versatile product and should last her ages.

Lastly, you can’t have a drink in the Potterverse without having something sophisticated to quaff it out of. I reasoned that although not ornate, this glass hot-chocolate mug was somewhat flagon-based, looks largely invisible and would thereby seem to levitate your drink.

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This velvet ribbon, metallic craft key charm was a special touch. The wings are made of acetate sheets, decorated with a permanent marker and gel pens. I attached them to the metal key using double sided tape, but in hindsight would recommend something better suited to metal.

Wrapping presents creates half their anticipation and some protection since two items were glass. First, the Felix Felicis jar was wrapped in pulp tissue paper covered in silver washi tape ‘phoenix tears’ motifs. I tied it with jute, then covered it in a sheath of crinkled brown paper ‘parchment’ tied with plain string. I added a tag and a paper seal stamped H for Hogwarts.

The glass flagon was also safety wrapped in pulp tissue paper and the charm was stowed in a pouch placed inside it. Premium ivory tissue paper improved it aesthetically as well as jute and artwork on a gift-tag pulled in the Potter theme.

The gift bag made a lovely backdrop for shots and I enjoyed getting as many Potter puns in as possible. I hope you enjoyed this bookish project!

Keep scribbling (with quills.)

~ Pola ~

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