This exchange functions like a Secret Santa – you get a match, give them a gift. They get a match and give that person a gift. It all loops around and you receive a gift from someone as well. I’m a total Harry Potter obsessor so I wanted to create a bunch of things that might make her smile.
I had such a fun time coming up with a gift for my match and wanted to make it special. I ended up simulating that she was belatedly accepted into Hogwarts school due to all muggle born records being destroyed in the Harry Potter series. I also included a number of items that could help her in her studies.
I thought other folks might get a kick out of it if they’re as HP-obsessed as me, so here I am. Who knows, maybe the ideas presented in this blog might be of use to someone seeking to make someone smile with HP gear!
The Hogwarts Acceptance Letter!
On the box containing all of the gifts, I inscribed “Begin first with the owl, for he has wise words to say, and provides a toy for which [DOG] can play.” That messenger owl was actually a dog toy for my giftee’s cutiepie pup.
Tied it to the owl with colored string (Gryffindor colors, y’know), was her sealed Hogwarts letter.
I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that Dumbledore is dead, so he is included in the welcome letter as an advisory Headmaster via his enchanted portrait. Also, it has a more real element due to the fact that the muggle born records were destroyed. Who knows, this could be plausible (which is is).
Want to create your own Hogwarts acceptance letter? Use the below blurb and print it on textured paper or creme cardstock. I like the font “Euphoria Script” because it’s free, but there are a number of good HP fonts I’ve seen that are both free and paid.
Hogwarts Logo (a quick google search away)
Headmistress Minerva McGonagall (Order of Merlin, First Class, Animagus, Merlin Award Winner For Original Magical Research, Transfiguration Today Honorary Editor)
Advisory Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Enchanted Portrait, Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc, Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Miss __________,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Due to the destruction of all muggle born records, all magical persons born from 1985 to 1998 did not receive a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter which was due to them based on magical ancestry. While we regret this error, we hope that you will consent to begin your Hogwarts education in the upcoming term.
Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment. We have also enclosed a number of items to help you in your studies, as chosen by your designated magical mentor SENDER. Term begins on September 1. We await your owl by no later than July 31.
Yours sincerely,[signature image – again, a quick Google search away]
…You Can Also Use My Template
Feel free to make a copy of and utilize my Canva creations.
(Never used Canva before? It’s a free web application I use every day to design pretty things. You might have to login, but again, it’s free and you can just use your social media credentials.)
Here are links to those documents, but make sure to make your own copy of it before you start making changes!
Hogwarts Sorting Hat Origami
Have you ever thought about how to send a sorting hat through the mail….? It stumped me. So I was excited to find this free printable that helped me make my giftee a Sorting Hat Fortune Teller Origami.
I printed it out, folded it up, and packaged it securely inside an internal box so it couldn’t get smushed during shipping.
Tools For Academic Success
We know that the want chooses the wizard, so I didn’t want to send my giftee one that they felt obligated to use (manners). So I included a few things that could help her practice once she chose hers.
So I was thinking…. What did I need all the time that I was a student?
Something to keep my mind working!
So, while I was at it, I created a Harry Potter Word Search personalized with my giftee’s name.
And I found a really great coloring book with Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters (with colored pencils of course, because who wants crayons?)
Along with beverages, every student needs something to munch on. So I included Dementor Relief chocolate bars (free printables), some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, and gold chocolate truffles that looked like snitches.
I also included a couple of other things:
- A snake, that when you speak clearly and loudly “engorgio” (and add water) can grow exponentially.
- A simple game of Muggle chess, so that she could practice prior to attending Hogwarts and wouldn’t have to learn the hard way when a Knight takes her Queen’s head off.
- A miniature figurine of a dragon so that she could get a jump on her first Care of Magical Creatures lesson.
- A miniature printed Quibbler, piecemealed together via some images I found on Deviant Art like this and this.
- A copy of a beautiful map I also found on DeviantArt so she could find her way around.
- A crystal clear bouncing ball (would be fun for people with pets like mine) with sparkles inside of it, and when bounced, it lights up. Attached tag said something to the effect of “Look inside the crystal ball and see how bright your magical future looks!”
With each item I included a personalized tag to tie it into the Harry Potter world, attached with a red and white twine string.
I was too excited and forgot to take a picture before sending, but here is one from the gal who received it.
I hope that my giftee liked it, as I sure had a lot of fun putting it together. Hopefully it may give you some ideas if you’re trying to surprise the Harry Potter fan in your life!