Owning a Piece of the Page: Harry Potter Edition Pt. 1

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Owning a Piece of the Page is a series to highlight all the bookish merchandise and swag that I have accumulated over the years as a lover of the written word. There’ll be jewelry, posters, maps, accessories, toys, etc. From handmade to mass produced, I bet there will be a little something for everyone to enjoy.

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This will be the first of many posts on all of the Harry Potter merchandise I’ve accumulated over the years. I’m starting off with books! Companions, extensions of canon, informational, fan related. I could go on and on. I’ve got around eleven books all focused on some aspect of the wizarding world.

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Let’s start with those written by J.K. Rowling herself! I have Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages in paperback and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in hardcover. All three of these fictitious works appear within the Harry Potter saga. A textbook, library book, and compilation of fairytales. I love that Rowling gives us more tidbits of information about the wider wizarding world through this and now we get a new movie. Plus all proceeds from these three go to charity!

Next up is movie related works! Harry Potter Page to Screen and Harry Potter Film Wizardry showcase all the behind the scenes magic that went in to creating the movie adaptations. With plenty of photographs, lots of early sketches, and never before seen glimpses, these two books give life to the vastness of J.K. Rowling’s world. There are even some fun paper props that I’ll be showcasing later on.

The Sorcerer’s Companion and Magical Worlds of Harry Potter delve deeper into the world we know in love. With informational sections on people like Nicholas Flamel to the study of Arithmancy, we get to see the elements that inspired Rowling. Learning about legends, pulling from historical and cultural knowledge. Both of these books bring more fact into a fictional world.

These next two books are more hands on. The Book of Wizard Craft is essentially a craft book for more fantasy fun. Instructions on how to make everything from robes and hats to potion kits and pumpkin juice! It’s such a cool book and I love flipping through it, but I don’t think I’ve made a thing. The Little Book of Spells was a random pick up during my 8th Grade Washington D.C. field trip (yeah it’s been that long). Basically it has a bunch of little spells with herbs and stuff.

 Last but definitely not least are the fan related books. Dear Mr. Potter is a compilation of fan letters, photographs, drawings, etc. that celebrate the boy wizard. Harry Potter created a wonderful lasting community with as much love for each other as they have for these books. Harry, A History is Melissa Anelli’s journey with this series and community. Creator of The Leaky Cauldron website, Pottercast, LeakyCon and so much more, Anelli’s life has been entwined with Mr. Potter’s and her story is so interesting.

I hope everyone enjoyed this first look into my Harry Potter collection! Do you own any of these books? Do you have a book on HP that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments!

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