With one of these, the Harry Potter fan in your life will feel like they won the tri-wizard tournament AND defeated you-know-who
A real-life Harry Potter Sorting Hat
A real-life Sorting Hat was built by Ryan Anderson for his two young daughters who are “mad keen” Harry Potter fans. Best.Dad.Ever.
You place the sorting hat on your head and tell it a few things about yourself. Be honest, since what you say will decide which house you’ll be placed into.
Watch the hat sort :
As Tech Insider explains, the sorting hat uses Watson’s Natural Language Classifier and speech-to -text features to interpret the intent behind the words you’ve just spoken.
For fun, Anderson added animatronics to the hat. Now if you are declared a Slytherin, its eyebrows will furrow. For Gryffindor, the hat’s eyes turn green.
To make your own Sorting Hat, you can download Anderson’s code here and give it a shot.
“I may, time permitting, for next Halloween give it more personality and make it more dynamic,” Anderson said.
Reducio! Adorable tiny Harry Potter world
The Etsy shop has a number of teeny-tiny Harry Potter items available, including Daily Prophets, textbooks and potions.
The Daily Prophets have headlines with major events from the magical world – Severus Snape’s appointment as Hogwarts headmaster, a mass breakout from Azkaban, the wizarding world being revealed to muggles, and more. The books available include “Hogwarts: A History” and “Quidditch Through the Ages.”
You can even create and design your own book, so you can get a miniature of any book from “Harry Potter”!
Try some “liquid luck”
In Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince, Harry wins Felix Felicis potion otherwise known as “liquid luck,” a rare potion that brings good fortune to whoever consumes it.
Food Blogger Shirin Mehotra took the side effects “giddiness, recklessness and dangerous confidence” and ran with it. She transformed the heady potion into a cocktail.
This is part of her Literary Kitchen project, where she makes a dish from any book she has read. In the past, she’s served up ginger newts from Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.
Here’s the recipe from her blog Foodchants :
Dark rum – 60 ml
Palm jaggery syrup – 2 teaspoons
Orange bitters – 2-3 drops
Lime juice – Half a teaspoon
Cinnamon powder – a pinch
1. Take all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well.
2. Pour the mix in a glass and top it up with water, soda or rose wine and gulp it down.
Mehrotra says her next inspiration may be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Basically anything from this shop
Looks like it belongs in Diagon Alley, doesn’t it? However, this pop-up shop in London is visible to lucky muggles. Visitors can browse the store, which is also sort of an art gallery, and look and buy.
Fans can purchase a variety of paper goods, including potion labels, art prints focusing on topics like Daily Prophet ads, Quidditch World Cup posters, and much more.
A photo posted by Natalie (@natters_13) on
The floor you walk on is the Marauder’s Map!
May the snitch be ever in your favour
A library in Henderon County, North Carolina surveyed teens about their favorite book series. The most popular were the “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games” series.
The library did a mash-up of the two fictional worlds, building three Quidditch hoops. Teens playing as tributes in the games threw “snitches” through the hoops into buckets that represented different Hunger Games districts.
Choose any mash-up you like
“Valdemort is coming” – or should that be “Coldemort”?
The sorting hat bot
@Sortingbot is a Twitter account that adds you to a queue when you follow it and eventually generates a custom rhyme assigning you to one of Hogwarts houses.
Darius Kazemi (@tinysubversions) is the owner of the human brain behind the bot. He put it together by studying the Sorting Hat’s songs from the ‘Harry Potter’ books.
@8123stephanie I am the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, I’m watching when you sap
It’s plain to see that Ravenclaw’s the house to put your pap
— The Sorting Hat Bot (@SortingBot) July 1, 2015
@Sydneylesh The bravery of an ocelot, the stinging of a mink
Today you join with Slytherin for you are rather pink
— The Sorting Hat Bot (@SortingBot) April 14, 2015
Your house is assigned at random. Sadly, Twitter can’t yet analyse the content of your character or delve into your soul!
Harry Potter Remote Control Wand
Imagine walking into the room with your Muggle friends watching TV, whipping out a magic wand from under your jacket and changing the channel in a flash.
The universal remote control wand is a truly magical feat of circuitous wizardry, allowing you to control most domestic devices with a flick of your wand.
Try the “the Flick Up,” “the Flick Down” and “the Big Swish” gestures with your wand – and be a muggle no more!
Your own Harry Potter Spell
This site generates your own tongue-in-cheek Harry Potter spell, once you type in your name, wand core and house.
You can also read some about some of the previous spells.
Flush your guests into the Ministry of Magic
In 1997, after the Fall of the Ministry of Magic, MoM employees used underground toilets as an entryway.
The workers would enter a cubicle (for which a special Ministry of Magic token was required), stand in the toilet bowl and flush themselves down a small chute into a fireplace in the Atrium at the Ministry of Magic Headquarters.
Add this Harry Potter decal to your toilet to show the Ministry workers the way.
Don’t worry, the muggles won’t figure out how to use your MoM entrance without a token but it might be fun to see them try!
Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans come in 20 flavours. Some are delicious, like Candyfloss, Marshmallow and Titti-Frutti. Some are hilariously gross, like Earthworm, Earwax, Rotten Egg and Grass.
Bertie Bott created the beans in the mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful”
Watch out for the vomit flavour!