I think it’s pretty evident how much of a geek I am. I love books, and science fiction, fantasy, comic books, movies, and more. The list goes on and on. If I had to choose my ultimate favorite geekdom though, anyone who knows me knows that it would be Harry Potter! I love Harry Potter. Ever since I cracked open that first book almost 20 years ago, I was drawn into a wonderfully magical world and I don’t think I’ve ever quite left.
Over the years – as the books and eventually movies (and of course merchandise) kept coming, I grew into an even bigger Harry Potter fan. The world is so rich and diverse and J.K. Rowling can certainly tell an amazing story. My imagination would fly as the story progressed and I honestly felt so incredibly sad when it all came to an end. It was like I was saying good-bye to characters that I was genuinely invested in and had grown to love.
As the world of Harry Potter grew, I steadily but surely amassed a lot of the merchandise (along with the movies and books) as well as enjoyed several amazing Harry Potter experiences. I managed to make my way to Harry Potter land in Florida twice (read about my first experience here), and it was unforgettable!
My love for the world J.K. Rowling created has not diminished over time. In fact, it has only grown stronger. And what’s incredibly exciting now is that Harry Potter fans have reasons to rejoice and get excited once again. This July – other than being J.K.’s and Harry’s birthday month – is also the official stage debut of Rowling’s new work The Cursed Child (showing in London), as well the release of the book version of the play (happening on July 31st). Plus the movie about Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is coming out this November and in anticipation for the film, a new work about the North American magic school Ilvermorny went live on Pottermore last week (I am a proud Ravenclaw/Thunderbird).
Exciting times indeed! I look forward to more Harry Potter fun this year and in celebration of that I wanted to share the Hogwarts acceptance letter I made. After all, if you don’t get a letter you may as well make your own right? I addressed it to Bella and I can imagine myself sharing it with her when she reads the stories for the very first time.
Create you own Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
If you want to make your own Hogwarts acceptance letter, it’s easy with the help of some Harry Potter fonts (will share links of the ones I used), a little coffee, parchment paper, and the Hogwarts seal (optional). It’s a fun memento or a great gift for any Hogwarts fan!
Once you get the letters printed out (you’ll ned two – the actual letter and the list of school supplies needed), it’s time to age them. For this, you’ll need a cookie sheet, some liquid coffee, and some ground coffee.
Put your paper on the cookie sheet (one at a time) and cover it in coffee. Then sprinkle a little ground coffee all over. Once you let it seep in a little, pop it in the oven for just a bit to bake (be sure to watch it though because it might catch fire!).
Once you pull the sheet out of the oven let the paper dry thoroughly before you handle it. When both sheets are done and dry (they “age” a bit more as they dry), you can fold them and pop them in an envelope (I used this tutorial as my envelope template). Print recipient’s name and address on the envelope and then fold and stick it together. If you have a Hogwarts seal, you can use a wax seal to seal the envelope like I did.
If you don’t have the seal, you can print the symbol on a sticker and use that too!
And there it is! If you have time a nice little touch is to include a ticket to the Hogwarts Express too. Any Harry Potter fan would most definitely love to receive their own Hogwarts acceptance letter. I know I sure would! If you aren’t up to making one on your own, I’ll add a printable to the Printables page very soon so you can print it all done. In the meantime, time to buy all our school supplies, and board the Hogwarts Express!