Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hogwarts Desk Organizer

I saw Lauren Fairweather make this amazing desk organizer on YouTube, and simply had to try it myself. Mine did not turn out as neat or anything, but I love it anyway. You find instructions in her video, and she also have a link to a template for this. Here are some of my pictures from the process and my result. What you think of the idea?

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In hindsight I thought maybe it would be better to paint the different sections in slighty different colours, so one would more easily see the layers of the sections. I might do so in the future, but as for now I am sick and tired of painting this thing. So many layers of paint to cover the print on the cereal boxes…

When in France – Harry Potter “haul”

Even on holiday my mind will not take a break from Harry Potter. I spent quite some time in book stores, browsing their Harry Potter display and be frustrated with myself for never learning french. They had things I have never seen here in Norway, and I was tempted to buy a lot of things. Fortunate for my bank balance I only bought one book – namely the philosopher’s stone, but in french.

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This book is now my third book in the collection of Harry Potter in foreign languages. Not counting my books in english.

I also went to Primark (as you do if you find yourself in a country where they have Primark), and I search every rack and shelf for Harry Potter clothing, and spent two thirds of my time in the fitting room trying them all on. I had a bit of bad luck as many of the items I wanted were sold out in my size. But at least I got myself a jersey and socks.

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I know I’m not a Gryffindor, but loved the jersey anyway. And I think it’s supposed to be Harry’s quidditch jersey, and not like a Gryffindor jersey.
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Q&A – week 41

⚡ Favorite Hogwarts class?
– I think my personal favorite would be Charms class.

⚡ Favorite professor?
          – Of the ones that stayed for more than just a brief amount of time I must say Prof.                           McGonagall. But I did also like Remus Lupin, even though his stay was very short. 

⚡ Which subjects would you take for your OWLs?
– I would of course continue the basic subjects:
            Defense Against the Dark Arts
            Potions
            Charms
            Transfiguration
Herbology
History of Magic
Astronomy
In addition to these I would probably take Ancient Runes and Arithmancy. And maybe                  Care of Magical Creatures as well. 

⚡ Favorite spell?
– I think I would love to know “accio”. It would come in handy for sure! As a good
runner-up is “lumos” because dark spaces makes me nervous. 

⚡ Harry Potter this week?
– I’m currently in France on a holiday, and therefore no creative projects. But I do have a                 project. Earlier this year I figured out that I would start a collection, so every time I find                 myself in a country where they speak a foreign language, I’ll find a book store and buy a               copy of Harry Potter in that language. It’s like a souvenir from the places I go. So far I
have a german and a polish version, in addition to english and norwegian (my language).             And this week I hope to expand the collection to include a french version as well.  

Mandrake

As I mentioned in my last post, my project these last days have been to make a mandrake.
I have been thinking about making this for a long time now, and at my last trip to IKEA I picked up one of these fake plants, and figured I would give it a shot. It was not the perfect plant to get the “correct” look of a mandrake, but nonetheless I liked it.

What you need to make this:
– a plant of some sort (preferably a fake one, so it won’t wither and die)
– something to shape the body of the mandrake – I used newspaper and aluminium foil
– hot glue and a glue gun
– plaster gauze
– paint and paintbrush

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First you need to shape the body. I picked a “plant” with a long stem to build the body around. I made volume with balled up newspaper, and then I used aluminium foil on top of that to create the shape. I also used aluminum foil to make arms and legs. Arms and legs was my biggest worry, but in the end I just stop caring that they would not look like a bundle of roots and nothing like the movie at all.

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The next step was to make it more solid by covering the body in plaster gauze. I did not cover all of the arms and legs, because I wanted to be able to move them.

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Then you just need to paint it. I painted it all in a “beige” colour, and then layered with brown and a hint of green to make it look a little more like it lives in soil and dirt.

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And there you have it. My little mandrake, which turned out to be a little bigger than I imagined. Now I’ll be looking for pink earmuffs in the stores, and later I’ll make a little herbology display including this, some terracotta pots, earmuffs, and whatever more I will find/make.

Q&A – this week (week 40)

I want to include more than just DIYs and unboxing, so I have decided to make a little feature called “Q&A – this week” where I’ll pick out some questions related to Harry Potter in general or about my creative projects. I don’t know if I’ll keep it up for ages, or just a few weeks, but I guess we’ll see.

⚡ What is your Hogwarts house?
Ravenclaw, which suits me perfectly. I love to read, glean new knowlegde (that I’ll never               use for anything), solve puzzles, be creative and so forth. 

⚡ What is your Ilvermorny house?
Thunderbird. I don’t have the same connection to this house as I don’t know that much                about it (yet), but it represent the soul and its members favours adventures and I can
             stand behind those two statements. 

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⚡ What is your patronus?
– Are you guys as excited as I am about Pottermore giving us the chance to yell “Expecto
Patronum” and actually know what form your patronus will take? I’m thrilled! And                           surprised. I don’t know what I thought my patronus would be, but I never expected this:

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I’m not complaining though. It’s wicked cool. Do you guys see a running theme here. My              soul is apparently a bird. I mean Ravenclaw, Thunderbird and Blackbird. Too bad my                      wand does not have a feather as the core. Which leads us to the next question…

⚡ What is your wand made from?
– My wand is made from Rowan wood. Which is favoured for wands, ’cause it’s reputed to               be more protective than any other, and renders all manner of defensive charm especially             strong and difficult to break. Rowan wands favours clear-headed and pure-hearted.

I have a unicorn hair core, which produces the most consistent magic. Wands with                         unicorn hair are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to                 their first owner. Both unicorn hair and rowan wood is difficult to turn to the Dark Arts.

The wand is 10 3/4″ in length and have Slightly Springy flexibility. 

⚡ What are your creative projects this week?
–  I’m working on different things, but as we ‘speak’ I have a “mandrake” lying on my desk,
waiting to be completed. Hopefully it will turn out as great as I’m picturing it to be.                          Either way, I’ll show you pictures later on, when it’s done. And I’ll include some pictures
from the progress and tell you all how I made it, so you can make your own.