Cute Harry Potter Products For Your Muggle-Born Baby!

As far as you know your little one is a muggle. There has been no sign of any magical ability as of yet so I guess this is it.

No need to despair though! You can still introduce your bairn to the world of Harry Potter with this inspired range fit for any fan.

So many cute Potter-esque items it almost makes me want to have another baby…

1. Snuggle This Muggle Outfit

If you are a sucker for stripes like I am, you will adore this little outfit. 

Snuggle This Muggle Outfit US

Snuggle This Muggle Outfit UK

2. Magical Security Blanket

A gorgeous, textured, and brightly coloured security blanket for your little muggle!

Source: Lovey Wizard Tag Blanket

3. Potter Inspired Bibs (designs may vary)

What’s better than a Hogwarts Insignia, or a Potter quote to wipe up your little Muggle’s sick and drool?

Potter Inspired Bibs US

Potter Inspired Bibs UK

4. Dobby Watercolour Artwork

Stunning pieces of art for your little one’s nursery…

Dobby Watercolour US

Dobby Watercolour UK

5. Fawkes Phoenix Plush Toy

Quite honestly you don’t even need a kid to love this!

Fawkes Phoenix US

Fawkes Phoenix UK

6. Wizard’s Apprentice Babygrow

Pop this on your baby muggle and pretend they’re a Hogwarts student!

Wizard’s Apprentice Babygrow US

Wizard’s Apprentice Babygrow UK

7. Hogwarts Night Light

Soothing and magical- perfect for a Potter-inspired nursery.

Hogwarts Night Light US

Hogwarts Night Light UK

8. Complete Collection of Harry Potter Audio Books

Don’t forget that even though your child cannot read yet, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be brainwashed with, I mean, introduced to, the world of Harry Potter…

Harry Potter Audiobooks US

Harry Potter Audiobooks UK

9. Nursery Vinyl Wall Art

Beautiful piece of wisdom from Albus Dumbledore for the nursery wall…

Nursery Wall Art US

Nursery Wall Art UK

How To Make The Most Of Unloved Cookery Books

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Nearly everyone has them: those cookery books that never get used. Sometimes we receive a recipe book from a well-meaning relative, or purchase one because our Great British Bake-Off obsession got the better of us… However those poor lost books usually get one flick through, some empty promises of bakes-to-come, and then nothing but dust and grease from sitting on a kitchen shelf.

The clever people at Tastemade have come up with a video how-to to show us the best way to utilise those cookery books we always meant to use. I am on the fence about this idea- it seems clever enough but… I am not sure.

See for yourself below and let us know what you think!

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The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

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Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular, you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon the arcade’s newest addition. Relocating from Hogwarts’ seventh floor is the ‘Come and Go Room’ – and if you’re not a Hogwarts house-elf – better known as the ‘Room of Requirement’.

In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan). Read More

These Festive Bookmarks from MyBookmark are Going Straight on Our Christmas List

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We’ve featured the handmade creations from MyBookmark previously after falling in love with their signature ‘Ruby Slippers’ bookmark. They’re all handmade and the designs are plentiful, and now they’ve added a selection of festive designs too and they’re going straight on our Christmas list!

We love all the designs from MyBookmark but these festive designs are stunning and make perfect stocking fillers, from gingerbread men to Santa’s feet, little elves and reindeer, we love them all! Read More

Romantic Book Covers Recreated With Normal Folk

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You must have seen them on a library bookshelf, or perhaps you have read a few stashed in your bedside table? Romance literature with ever-so-slightly cheesy covers have been around since the early to mid-20th century. Mills and Boon cornered the market for the erotic novels and still produce them today. They were marketed as escapist literature for women in the 1930s, although there are some men who claim them as their guilty pleasure.

The covers usually depict a romantic scene between two people: usually a muscled man embracing a woman in a fit of passion. There has been some controversy over the years with the solely Caucasian characters and storylines centred on male dominance. Despite this, they remain ever-popular and provide an erotic escape into a world often unknown to their readers. Some feminist academics have even gone as far as to say they are feminist texts by introducing women to the concept of orgasms, and sexual liberation.

Val Derbyshire of the University of Sheffield, UK is a big fan. She say that the books are written for women, by women, and have much more value than many give them credit for.

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Check Out This Harry Potter Monopoly Board!

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Jenna, a blogger for Bored Panda and now the creator of Harry Potter Monopoly, is probably one of the best friends a person can have.

When her Potterhead friend lamented about the lack of Harry Potter Monopoly Board, Jenna decided to take it upon herself to create one. In addiction to a brilliant, creative mind the project took over 80 hours of work. In her blog Jenna takes us through each step of the process from creating the board layout to spray painting Disney pieces for the hotels and houses.  Since she wanted an authentic Potter look, she used Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons instead of Monopoly money. Inspired! It is such a wonderful idea, and would prove to be so popular due to Pottermania that Monopoly would be mad not to jump on board!

Check out the fantastic gift below, and visit Jenna’s blog to see how she did it!

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BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

Australian Kids Impress With Their 2017 Book Week Costumes

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The best thing about Book Week and World Book Day is the creativity and passion that goes into the costumes. This month it was Australia’s turn to don their costumes and show off their favourite books. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Poppins, the range of stunning costumes is so impressive- the rest of the Book Week participants have a lot to live up to!

Take a peek at some of our favourite costumes we have found while scouring the ‘net…

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