Papa loves the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, so I decided to give him a Harry Potter Christmas this year. The first item was a scarf made in the Gryffindor house colors. I know the colors of the yarn I picked aren’t quite “right”, but hopefully he won’t mind. Below is the scarf as modeled by “Cindy” (Mom made her YEARS ago. She really needs her neck re-stuffed and to get some more clothes other than that one t-shirt)
The scarf “pattern” was just something I made up. It’s just a single crochet stitch.
He’ll also be receiving a bottle of “Butterbeer”. Really it’s a bottle of butterscotch Schnapps with a butterbeer label I found online. My sister’s bringing cream soda to complete the “recipe” for butterbeer. [update – we left “our” gifts at home, so he unwrapped the cream soda at my parents and of course was dumbfounded why he would get cream soda for Christmas!
The biggest present, and probably the most difficult to figure out was the shadowbox. I purchased a Marauder’s Map (purchased here). The Bertie’s Botts Everyflavor Beans I think we bought when the last/7th book was released (I’m sure they’re stale and hard, so I figured they could go into the box). The glasses are an old pair of mine that I thought looked similar to Harry’s. The house crests are something I found online and printed up. I also found a little bottle (JD?) and printed a Veritaserum label for it. The little round thing in the left corner is my polymer clay version of a Golden Snitch. The wand is a stick from our back yard, stripped of bark, varnished and with one coat of polyurethane. I also created a handle for it from polymer clay. You can’t see, but it has a little serpent wrapped around the handle (also in black) – maybe I can get a better picture after he opens his gift.
I also made up a piece of “parchment” with his letter of acceptance to Hogwarts. I hope he enjoys his gifts!
12/28 update: Here’s Charlie modeling the scarf!