If we’re being honest with ourselves, I think most of us are still pretty bitter about never getting to go to Hogwarts. Personally I’d been holding out hope that the owl with my acceptance letter was just incredibly bad at its job, but now I’m well into my twenties I think that it’s time to accept that I’m going to have to live my life as a muggle.
That said, I don’t think there’s any harm in channelling the wizarding world to help get through the day. So here are 12 Harry Potter things you can buy to make everyday life a little more magical.
1. Hogwarts class schedule candles from From A Fable
We might never get to walk the halls of Hogwarts, but these candles imagine the scents of its magical classrooms, from Defense Against the Dark Arts (absinthe, sandalwood, oakmoss, and patchouli) to Divination (rosemary, patchouli, and white tea). It’s not quite the real thing, but it’ll do.
2. Remote control wand from the Noble Collection
I hate to break it to you muggles, but using this is probably the closest you’ll ever get to performing real magic. You can swish and flick your way through TV channels, or use it on any device controlled by an IR remote. You might look like an idiot, but that’s a price worth paying.
3) Light switch sticker decals from CustomVinylDNA
If you don’t have the big bucks to spend on a magic wand remote, you can use these light switch decals and a lot of imagination to similar effect. (Okay, so not really. But they’re still cool.)
4) Unforgivable curses underwear from So Effing Cute
They say “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”, but that’s hardly practical when you’d really rather be a Death Eater than tied to a 9-5 desk job. The best thing about geeky underwear, though, is that nobody has to know you’re wearing it. Winner.
5) Marauder’s Map colour-changing mug from Amazon
This heat-sensitive mug reveals the Marauder’s Map when you fill it up with a hot drink. You don’t have to say “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” for it to work, but I know you will, and I understand.
6) Wand makeup brush set from Cookie Dough Deco
Makeup is basically magic, right? So you might as well go one step further and apply it with brushes shaped like wands. They might make you want to use way more glitter than usual, but I don’t see the problem with that.
7) Teas for the nerdy at heart from Nerdfelt
There’s nothing more comforting than settling down with a cup of tea and your favourite book or movie, and now you can match the brew to the entertainment. These particular loose leafs are called Gryffintea, Raventea, Huffletea, and Slythertea.
8) Wizarding World crate from Loot Crate
If one magical haul isn’t enough to sate your appetite, you can now get a box full of Harry Potter themed stuff delivered to your door every two months. You can even choose your Hogwarts House when you subscribe, so it’s perfect if you’re in one of the houses that never seems to get as much merch – we feel your pain, Hufflepuffs. (You can use the discount code “GEEKYMERCH” for 10% off)
9) Custom Owl Post stamp from Make Labels
Every so often I’m hit with the crushing realisation that I’ll never be able to get an owl to deliver my letters, and it hurts. If you’re one of those people that still sends snail mail this is a pretty good way to live in denial. This stamp is adorable and you can get it customised with your return address, so it kills two birds with one stone (SORRY).
10) Butterbeer lip balm from Nerdie Nifties
Butterbeer might sound delicious, but god knows how much sugar is in that stuff. With this lip balm you can get the taste without the cavities, and wizards and witches will be lining up to kiss you. Probably.
11) Polyjuice potion flask from By Candlelight 27
Polyjuice potion isn’t the only drink that can turn you into a different person. Whatever your tipple of choice, this seems like a pretty fitting way to carry it around.
12) Wand pencils from Born To Read Shop
Got creative block? Tried every trick in the book? Maybe a little magic could be the answer. Okay so these pencils won’t actually make any difference, but at least they’ll look cute while you scrawl rows of swear words in lieu of doing any actual work.
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