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Potter Weddings

We already know there will be magic in the air on your big day, but what better way to add some extra sparks than a Potter-inspired wedding?

Wedding Attire

Wedding Attire

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Couples have a multitude of choices to make during prenuptials, one of which involves a very important element – what are you going to wear? In the links below, you’ll find the perfect touches to complete the wedding ensemble of your entire bridal party, with everything from bridal gowns to men’s ties.

  • Bridal Gowns
  • Bridesmaids Dresses
  • Menswear
  • Muggle Fashion Inspiration

Fleur Delacour’s wedding dress is a wonderful example to base your own Potter-themed gown on – for as the only wedding gown to be featured in the Potter films, it features a beautiful design that implements the magical world of Harry Potter. Jany Temime, a costume designer for six of the eight films, describes the selection as follows:

Fleur is French so the idea was to have a wedding with a little French tone -€” not a Weasley wedding, which would’ve been in tragically bad taste. I wanted to design for her a real witch-princess dress. I thought of the Phoenix – a bird, maybe not of love, but at least of rebirth -€“ because love is eternal, so it’s the same sort of idea… I wanted something very dreamy like.

Temime’s concept – of a “real witch-princess dress” with a “dreamy like” feel – perfectly describes how a Potter wedding dress should be.

Incorporating some of these beautiful concepts as well as achieving a bride’s vision of their ideal gown ultimately will provide for the perfect gown. Being that the bride is more or less the centrepiece of the day, the gown is essential to capture the theme as well. London designer, Alexander McQueen showcased this similar cocktail version on his Fall 08′ line.

However, a dress in the wizarding world had to have some extra elegance, especially for Ms. Delacour. Using a runway inspired gown, indicates that wizard do have style. “Fleur’s dress is made in organza and decorated with a pair of phoenixes that face one another on the bodice and form the silhouette of a heart. I chose the phoenix because like love, it is eternal.” Your search for “the dress” begins here:

  • David’s Bridal Vera Wang Collection has many dresses which could be used as a starting point on your search. These gowns are elegant, beautiful, whimsical, and above all have a bit of magic to them.
  • Here is an example of true creativity. This example includes a homemade phoenix wedding gown, along with several accesories, even including a description and original drawings. Get inspired by checking out the photo gallery linked above.
  • Fleur’s gown has not only won the hearts of fans but also become a fashion icon. Ms. Delacour’s dress made the list for history’s most memorable, iconic dresses. Take a look at it, along with many other inspiring pieces of fashion.

Ginny Weasley’s bridesmaid dress would be a perfect addition to a Potter themed wedding – especially for those who decide to continue with the Bill and Fleur’s theme. It compliments the design of Fleur’s gown in its elegance and simplicity. However in the book, the bridesmaids – Ginny and Gabrielle Delacour, wore a golden dress. One can imagine any kind of gold dress in your Potter-inspired event would show faithfulness to the book wedding of Bill and Fleur.

Incorporating your color scheme into your bridesmaid dresses is essential. These lovely ladies by your side in beautiful colors will not only enhance your wedding party visually, but also incorporate the beautiful colors we all love in the series. If you want to really dedicate to your theme, one may consider hiring a costume designer.

A great example is Andrea Wakely, from Twin Roses Designs. She has quite the portfolio and is willing to make new, custom orders! Not only are there house robes, but also witch and wizard dress robes. If your colors are in the purple family, a whimsical dress like this is a great option. The way it gathers and ruffles down the side provides a fantasy feel, paired with elegance. The dress shown along with many others can be found here.

Selecting your bridesmaids’ dresses is a great bonding experience. With a Potter-inspired wedding, hopefully your wedding party will be fans as well – so they will be able to help you juggle between all the options out there. If only it were as easy as waving a wand, like at the Burrow in preparation for the Weasley-Delacour ceremony.

These classic Hogwarts ties featured in the films are an easy way to add a touch of Potter to the men’s wedding ensemble.

If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, the ties shown below match nicely with a Bill and Fleur-esque wedding.

Potter-themed cufflinks can also add a nice subtle Potter touch to a suit or tuxedo (image courtesy of Abby Grace Photography)

This brown suit paired with lavender and a bright boutineer allows tribute to the purple color scheme, while also keeping a whimsical, but masculine façade.

In addition to our section on bridal wear here some real life bridal collections that may serve as your inspiration as you hunt for that perfect dress with a bit of whimsy and flair.

Pnina Tornai 2013 Bridal Collection
Pnina Tornai 2013 Bridal Collection
Reem Acra Spring 2014 Bridal Show
Reem Acra Spring 2014 Bridal Show
Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Collection - Spring 2014
Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress Collection - Spring 2014
Lazaro Bridal Spring 2014 Runway Show
Lazaro Bridal Spring 2014 Runway Show
Lazaro Bridal 20th Anniversary Spring 2014 Collection Runway Show
Martina Liana Wedding Dress Collection, Runway Video, Fall 2014
Martina Liana Wedding Dress Collection, Runway Video, Fall 2014
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Decoration Themes

Decoration Themes

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Image courtesy of Abby Grace Photography

Attention to detail is essential to ensure your vision is executed perfectly. Although a Potter-inspired wedding, or any themed wedding, requires the most planning and is perfect for the more creative. To help achieve your vision, anything from the Yule Ball to Bill and Fleur’s romantic gathering at the Burrow, you’ve come to the right place.

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  • Favors and Invitations
  • Flowers
  • Color Schemes
  • Table Settings
  • Centrepieces

Images courtesy of Geoff White Photography.

Favors can be as simple as some Potter-themed candy or the wands seen above. These favors double as place settings, allowing guest guest to have a Potter-themed favor as well as directing them to their proper seat. For example, the photo shows Ms. Watson is sorted into Gryffindor. If you include a Great Hall table setting, this would be a perfect way to do it all with a simple wand for each guest!

Invitations similar to these can be ordered from various websites, such as: Etsy or Zazzle. Or homemade invitations are always a creative and also budget-friendly option.

A few tips to keep in mind when creating your masterpiece:

  • Keep it elegant, but playful with a vintage vibe. – Use creative fonts, like ones that can be found in our downloadable fonts.
  • Add a crest to the back of the envelope, like this.

Image courtesy of Weswen Design’s blog.

Whether your event is planned for 50 or 500 people, it is always best to also include a program highlighting the details of your special day. Often times they include the wedding party and order of the day’s events.

Here is where you can get creative and put a dash of magic into the programs as well. The photo is an example of a Daily Prophet-inspired program. This can also be done with many other themes throughout the series such as the Marauder’s Map or “The Letter” from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Either way, this attention to detail is sure to get noticed and also add to your Potter-inspired theme!

Depending on your color scheme, your flowers may vary from simple to elegant with many options. Many flowers are seasonal, so in order to achieve the best results for your bouquets, centrepieces, etc. – try choosing flowers that are in season around the date of your event. Although there are a few flowers in season all year long.

Modern Petals Blog is a the place to search for color related flower options, not just the purple seen here, but any color imaginable. This site also includes many other flower and bouquet details and wedding options as you plan your magical Potter-inspired wedding.

To follow Bill and Fleur’s wedding theme, these flowers in the purple family will do just the trick. One of the flowers in the bouquet seen above are black calla lillies. These flowers give a dark, but magical feel especially when contrasted against a white or ivory dress.

A florist or DIY bouquets can be another option. If personalizing your flowers is important to you, there are many easy ways to achieve beautiful do-it yourself flowers. To see how, take a look at the knot.

Choosing silvers and blues within your flowers is also a great choice. You can almost always bet that if you use the right color flower, it will be a beautiful arrangement.

When it comes to color schemes, there are numerous options to consider. Some of our favorites range from Fleur’s purple palette to the Yule Ball’s winter wonderland asthetics. Also among the favored color groupings include the house colors. The colors present on your big day will dictate the atmosphere of the event.

The four houses are represented in the slideshow picture below. Any and all of these colors can be included in your Potter themed wedding.

If you are wanting to incorporate all of the house colors, it can be done! Where elegance is needed, the Great Hall serves for outstanding inspiration at your reception. Arranging the tables in a way that there are four long family-style dinner tables. Each row of tables represents a house in the series; as an example one may sort friends and family accordingly or at random so that the house colors can be used for each table.

The place cards to tell your guests where to sit can indicate which ‘house table’ they will be seated at, giving your special day the community and love of the Great Hall. Using plenty of candles will also give a very warm Great Hall feel as well.

To give insight to The Significance of House Colors take a look at an editorial by Lindsey Skouras. She goes on to explain the background behind the metallics as well as the other bright colors within the crest and houses for Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

The above color palette is the coordinating colors that were present in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 for the Delacour-Weasley wedding at the Burrow.

This color scheme was shown in everything from the elegant tent to the centerpieces.

Why black, aubergine (eggplant), purple, and lavender?

  • Black serves as an accent color, which can easily make certain attributes “pop”. Black is also a classic beauty and could stand on it’s own. Incorporating black into your dress, as Fleur did, or into your decor, as seen above, can add a subtle beauty.
  • The combination of dark to light purples is not only in season, but also is very majestic. The color purple throughout history was used to signify royalty as well.
  • It’s romantic, classy, and very versatile.Giving range to be as elegant as desired. Nearly every venue and detail can flex with purples in their scheme. It also allows for femininity while also not overpowering with girly attributes.

Two wintery blues with a silver sheen is another marvelous option, especially those who particularly love Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the Yule Ball. This color scheme is all inclusive from the ceiling to the floor, wall to wall winter wonderland.

“The walls of the Hall had all been covered in sparkling silver frost, with hundreds of garlands of mistletoe and ivy crossing the starry black ceiling.”

An example of this palette in the muggle world is shown above. Candles suspended on fishing line, large centerpieces, and opulent lighting provides a flawless Yule Ball for the happy couples and their guests. Ideas for how to attain your color palette by lighting options can be found here.

Why baby blue, ice blue, and silver?

  • Not only do these colors completely represent the colors at the Yule Ball, but they also provide relaxing, cool tones; which can be helpful on your big day.
  • Blue is an all year-round color. Baby blues with pastel pinks or yellows suggest Springtime while deep royal blues or cerulean suggest a winter wonderland.
  • Silver is a color, when paired with the two blues, acts as a glimmering accent to enhance the room. This will also add a magical feel, which is ultimately what Potter-inspired weddings are all about.

There are a few suggestions for how to set up your reception space to showcase your Potter inspiration.

Image courtesy of Abby Grace Photography

Image Courtesy of Geoff White Photographers.

Images Courtesy of Lora Lee Lewis Event Paper & Fine Stationery.

(Table Candlelight Setting via Event Creative shot by Eric Craig via Freckles Chick)

(Divinity Ball table piece via EventrTrender)

Musical Inspiration

Musical Inspiration

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The Yule Ball? Perhaps Hedwig’s Theme? Whatever the song, below you will find a selection of some of the most heart swooning and nostalgic tunes from the series. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary replacement to “Here Comes the Bride” or something to rouse guests on the dance floor be sure to check this section out.

  • Wizard Wrock
  • Music from the Films
More Like Luna - Original Wizard Rock song
More Like Luna - Original Wizard Rock song
Filmed on location in the village of Locock and Lacock Abbey (locations used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies!) Filmed by Amber Fife of Fife Photography in Norman, OK (http://www.facebook.com/fifephotography) and Ken Stephenson Words and Lyrics by Ken Stephenson Arranged and performed by Anna Leigh Stephenson She wears what she wants and feels comfortable The kids they all laugh and she takes it well She just keeps her mind on Crumple-Horned Snorkacks She has a knack for embarrassing honesty Believes in the Rotfang Conspiracy She's often seen reading the Quibbler Her dad's quite the scribbler I Laugh like the rest A mask that works better than polyjuice potion And nobody knows me Why Why can't I be Why can't I be more like her More like Luna? She walks through the halls wearing spectrespecs She says what she thinks and has no regrets Did you ever hear of Wrackspurts and Nargles? She tucks her wand safely behind her ear Wears a necklace of caps from old butterbeer So how she can lead Dumbledore's Army When she's so barmy? I Laugh like the rest A mask that works better than polyjuice potion And nobody knows me Why Why can't I be Why can't I be more like her More like Luna? Follow me on Twitter! @AnnaLeighMusic
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls - Oh Ginny lyrics
Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls - Oh Ginny lyrics
Oh Ginny by OBatR He never thought that she'd be the one that he desired. And even though all these years he was the one who she admired, "How could this be?" he wonders while in the common room. He's thinking 'bout love. Ginny, my dear, what can I say? You make me feel oh so special. But I don't think there is a way For me to solve this riddle. See, I got a job I have to do So I have something to say to you: Ginny, I'm sorry, but my dear, we're through. She never thought that he would come around for her. Even though all these years he was the one that she preferred. "I can't believe he's mine," she smiles while in the common room. Thinking 'bout love, oh yeah. Ginny, my dear, what can I say? You make me feel oh so special. But I don't think there is a way For me to solve this riddle. See, I got a job I have to do So I have something to say to you: Ginny, I'm sorry, but my dear, we're through. You know we had such a good time, If only for a while. If there was a way that I could stay, You know that I would. But I must protect the things that I love, And my love is you. So don't shed a tear, 'cause baby, I'm here And fighting for you. Ginny, my dear, what can I say? You make me feel oh so special. But I don't think there is a way For me to solve this riddle. See, I got a job I have to do So I have something to say to you: Ginny, I'm sorry, but my dear, we're through. Ginny, I'm sorry, but my dear, we're through. Ginny, I'm sorry, but my dear, we're through.
Ministry of Magic - A Phoenix Lament (with lyrics)
Ministry of Magic - A Phoenix Lament (with lyrics)
Ministry of Magic - A Phoenix Lament (with lyrics) This is the thirteenth song on Ministry of Magic's second album, Goodbye Privet Drive, called A Phoenix Lament. _____________________________________________________ Check out more MoM music on iTunes! http://bit.ly/MoMiTunes Check out more MoM music on Amazon! http://amzn.to/MoMamazon Physical copies here: http://kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=112208 _____________________________________________________ Please subscribe for more videos with lyrics like this in the future: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=ministryofmagicmusic _____________________________________________________ I want to give a little back story on each song that I post, just for fun. :) After writing so many dance tracks in a major key on the first album, I switched things up and went with a minor key. I had all the melodies in place and used "It's not enough, da da da da" as place holders. When I showed the track to Mark, he said... "Oh, I like that. Mind if I write some lyrics and sing that melody?" I originally wanted to sing the chorus, but I'm happy Mark did, because I think he sounds incredible and took the song to a level I may not have been able to. Originally, A Phoenix Lament and Epilogue were the same song, but we all liked Epilogue way too much for it not be it's own song, so we split it into tracks thirteen and fourteen. _____________________________________________________ Come hang out with me, Luke, over at my channel or twitter. :D http://youtube.com/LukeConard http://twitter.com/LukeConard _____________________________________________________ Ministry of Magic Harry Potter A Phoenix Lament lyrics Luke Conard Jason Munday Aaron Nordyke Mark Jennings Ryan Seiler The Triwizard LP Goodbye Privet Drive Onward and Upward Epilogue
Wizard Rock (The Boyz Who Lived)
Wizard Rock (The Boyz Who Lived)
A Song that describes everybody's favourite music genre. http://www.myspace.com/theboyzwholived I don't own this song but since the band is no longer together, I'll let you download it: Download Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=DXBB5RR3
Wizard Love - Harry Potter Music Video - Meekakitty Featuring heyhihello
Wizard Love - Harry Potter Music Video - Meekakitty Featuring heyhihello
Wizard Love on iTunes: http://bit.ly/WizardLoveiTunes Check out heyhihello's new EP! http://bit.ly/mIiD5I Check out heyhihello on youtube! http://bit.ly/mPymRj Check out the online show i'm doing with heyhihello on the 7th! :) http://bit.ly/meekakittylive Tim Davis http://www.youtube.com/timhateseverything Blake O'Neal http://www.youtube.com/stationtutorials Jesse Gregg http://www.twitter.com/jessegregg Collin Brooker http://youtu.be/Ds0uHCGDqE4?hd=1 Luke Conard: http://www.youtube.com/lukeconard (I never thought you'd be in my life) Who would have known that I could like a boy like you Tall dark and Slytherin, what's a girl to do? You used your Nimbus to sweep me off my feet. But now without you by my side I feel incompleete. Slytherin and Gryffindor, parted by the sorting hat From rival houses boy but we don't have to be like that Cause you've confundesed me, and now I'm feeling well Like this is magical, I'm under your spell. I never thought you'd be in my life Two different worlds that we let collide and it will never be the way it was before Cause baby I'm a Slytherin and girl you are a Gryffindor Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Cause baby I'm a Slytherin and girl you are a Gryffindor Walking down a corridor with tricks right up my sleeve bump into this girl that's on my floor, she just wants to see what would it be like to hold hands with someone dark who would have you don't need a wand to start a spark I'll slyther up to you, you can be my lion cub Let's share a butter beer down at Rosemerta's pub I'll chase right after you, you are my golden snitch I'll be your Wizard love, you are are my only witch
One Last Goodbye - Let's Lumos! Feat. Jason Munday of Ministry of Magic
One Last Goodbye - Let's Lumos! Feat. Jason Munday of Ministry of Magic
A new wrock song by Let's Lumos! The story of Lily and James Potter is one that gets a lot of attention throughout the books, but it's always in regards to Harry, and how horrible it must be for Harry to be without parents. But what about the two who actually died to save him? What would that horrible night have been like? This song is their last goodbye, sung to Harry in hopes that he'll meet them again someday. James' vocals are done by Jason Munday of Ministry of Magic. Lily's vocals are Brittany of Let's Lumos! Add us on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/letslumos FAN US ON FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/letslumos BUY/LISTEN TO THIS SONG AND MORE http://www.letslumos.bandcamp.com LYRICS: I'm sorry for everything, He came in through the door so quickly, I had no time. And even though I knew I'd die, I still wish i had turned around to say one last goodbye, Lily. Please tell him I love him, And that i'll always be there. And though I'm soaked in blood now, I just want him to know i'll always care, and that... CHORUS: I'm going home Home to a place A place I must go A place you will go someday I'm going there Where I'll be awake Though my eyes are closed I'm going home I'm going home Don't be sorry for anything, James. It took me long enough to pull away from your side. And as my screams fell upon deaf ears, I knew my only choice was for him to take my own life. I'll tell him we love him, And that we'll always be there. And though my heart won't beat for much longer, I'll let him know that we will always care, and that... I'm going home Home to a place A place I must go A place you will go someday I'm going there Where I'll be awake Though my eyes are closed I'm going home I'm going home
BBC Proms 2011 Film Music Hedwig's Theme Harry Potter John Williams
BBC Proms 2011 Film Music Hedwig's Theme Harry Potter John Williams
John Williams BBC Proms Film Night 2011 Hedwig's Theme Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Soundtrack - 05. Double Trouble
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Soundtrack - 05. Double Trouble
Professor Flitwick conducts "Double Trouble" to the Hogwarts Choir as the Third Years arrive at Hogwarts
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part I Complete Score SFX- 27. Humors of Glendart (version I)
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows Part I Complete Score SFX- 27. Humors of Glendart (version I)
Harry Potter Waltz - Yule Ball Soundtrack
Harry Potter Waltz - Yule Ball Soundtrack
Yule Ball soundtrack from "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" Link to download the mp3 audio file: http://adf.ly/ROTby
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Soundtrack - 12. Harry in Winter
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Soundtrack - 12. Harry in Winter
Harry asks Cho to the Yule Ball. - This is also reprised during the End Credits
25 A New Beginning - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Soundtrack HQ
25 A New Beginning - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Soundtrack HQ
BY ALEXANDRE DESPLAT COMPLETE MUSIC FULL HQ
01 Fireworks Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix Soundtrack
01 Fireworks Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix Soundtrack
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Soundtrack - 07. A Window to the Past
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Soundtrack - 07. A Window to the Past
Harry and Professor Lupin talk in the forest Note this track is shorter in the movie
Fawkes the Phoenix | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | John Williams
Fawkes the Phoenix | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | John Williams
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Epilogue (19 Years Later)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - Epilogue (19 Years Later)
19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry and Ginny, Hermione and Ron, and Draco send their children off to Hogwarts as the final story of Harry Potter comes to a close
The Quidditch World Cup | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Patrick Doyle
The Quidditch World Cup | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire | Patrick Doyle
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Muggle Matrimony

Muggle Matrimony

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This is a page dedicated to those living in the Muggle world that have decided to commemorate their special day with a hearty helping of Potter. Are you planning on having your own Potter-inspired wedding (or have you had one already)? Just send us an email at mnpotterweddings@gmail.com, and you may have the chance to be featured on MuggleNet!

  • Marcela & Alejandro
  • Rhea & Geoff
  • Charlotte & Gene
  • Tesa & Dennis
  • Brandy & Ricky
  • Meredith & Joshua
  • Monique & Tom

Marcela and Alejandro were married in March 2008.

In Marcela’s words,”[they] looooove Harry Potter so much that [they] decided to include it in [their] special day.” “Our wedding was celebrated on a Sunday afternoon, almost four years ago. It was a beautiful sunny day, a day we had expected for a very long time. We had an outside wedding, surrounded by trees and flowers and got married under an arch embellished with flowers (lilies in fact!)

We decided that we wanted something related to Harry Potter for our special day, since it had been (and still is) such an important part of our relationship and lives, so we decided to name the tables after important places of the Harry Potter world…

…We gave a lot of thought to what names we were going to use and finally ended up with that list. The tables were:

Table 1: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Table 2: Hagrid’s hut

Table 3: The Burrow

Table 4: The Leaky Cauldron

Table 5: Gryffindor Common Room

Table 6: The Three Broomsticks

Table 7: Dumbledore’s Office

Table 8: Diagon Alley

Table 9: King’s Cross Station

Table 10: Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

Table 11: Quidditch Pitch

Table 12: The Great Hall

We were so happy about it! My husband’s sister and her husband wanted to make the flip chart for us and they added pictures and the result was beautiful. Of course, my husband and I were at the “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” table!! It was a truly Magical Day! And we love each other as much as we did at the beginning (and even more)!”

Congratulations to Marcela and Alejandro! We wish you a long, happy, and magical life together.

Rhea and Geoff were married on November 12, 2011.

Though their wedding wasn’t fully Potter-themed, it had Potter elements that added the perfect touch of magic to their special day:

The picture (below) is of our guest book, because how do you not read “Always.” and not tear up! I thought it was perfect. The bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down the aisle to the Hogwarts’ March. The best Harry Potter thing was that my new husband and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for our honeymoon/Christmas & New Years!

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Congratulations to Rhea and Geoff! We wish you a long, happy, and magical life together.

Charlotte and Gene were married on November 12, 2011.

Though their wedding was not fully Harry Potter themed, they still felt that they “had to incorporate a little magic in there somewhere.”

We had a book theme in our decorations, and so I ordered a caketopper on Etsy that let us choose some books to incorporate, and Harry Potter is at the forefront.

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Subtle touches such as the one featured in this wedding are a perfect example of incorporating the magical world of Harry Potter into your special day – without going overboard.

Congratulations to Charlotte and Gene! We wish you a long, happy, and magical life together.

Given their daring previous encounters in Skydiving to Trapeze lessons, Tesa and Dennis sealed their fates on August 3rd 2013 with a proposal ripped right out of their wildest imagining of a Care for Magical Creatures experience.

“He had me meet him at the Chicago Shedd Aquarium, where… [he] had a friend who worked at the Shedd who was able to get us all access passes to the entire Aquarium. Aside from my love for Harry Potter, the Shedd Aquarium is my favourite place in the entire world and the Beluga Whale tank is my favourite exhibit. If only Hagrid focused on Care for Aquatic Magical Creatures I would have been his favourite student!” We decided to check out the Beluga Encounter… After a brief introduction to beluga whales and their habitat we were able to enter their arctic cold tanks.”

We got to interact with them as they showed us many different tricks, including kissing us on the cheek. The last trick the trainer showed us was one I’ll never forget! She threw out a box, which the beluga whale pushed with her forehead and brought right in front of us. My fiancé picked up the box and opened it. He pulled out a hand made golden snitch and inside it said ‘Tesa, will you marry me?’ with a beautiful custom made ring in the centre.”

“I could barely keep the tears out as I said yes to my future husband! So much thought and creativity went into planning this amazing proposal that was so personal to us. Thank you JK Rowling for making us believe in magic and above all inspiring us to reach beyond our wildest imagination to put a smile on each other’s faces and fill our hearts with everlasting love and happiness.”

Congratulations to Tesa and Dennis We wish you both a marriage filled with adventure and magic every single day. We look forward to a Potter-themed wedding!

Brandy and Ricky tied the knot on September 7, 2013.

Yet when discussing her wedding theme Brandy knew there was something equally as important as getting the right dress or even working out guest seatings. She said ” I knew that the one thing I wanted represented by my Bridal portraits was my love for reading in general and especially my love for Harry Potter.” Proving her resourcefulness Brandy immediately set out to get her hands on locations that bore striking resemblance to several breathtaking features of the Hogwarts grounds. According to Brandy:

…the forest with the lake in the background resembles the Forbidden Forest and the Black Lake while the “castle” (really an old cathedral) is my stand-in Hogwarts! I had so much fun with this shoot and Kevin [the photographer] really took the time to make sure I got every shot I wanted and spent so much effort finding just the perfect location for my shoot. I think these photos definitely reflect my personality.

Congratulations to Brandy and Ricky. We wish you a happy marriage and may you always find the time to express your love for all things Potter.

Meredith and Joshua were married on 8 March, 2014.

  A flaming goblet. A Ministry of Magic decree. Marvolo Gaunt Rings. A Time Turner. Even Severus Snape! One would be hard pressed to find another wedding chocked just as full with references and homages to the world of Harry Potter as Meredith’s and Joshua’s was able to do. These two Potterheads have always shared a passion for novels and so when the time came to wed they decided to play off the strengths of their venue and host a fabulous Hogwarts themed event. Here’s what the bride, Meredith, had to say:

 “Books have always been a central part of our relationship, so when we started planning the wedding we knew books were going to be a main theme. And after our first venue fell through we realized our back up venue screamed Harry Potter, with lots of wood, fireplaces and large portraits all over the walls. We quickly began coming up with ideas until we had a clear vision of the wedding. Our vision was that it could be a wedding that happened to take place at Hogwarts, instead of just being a Harry Potter wedding. Our most important traits for our wedding were that we wanted good food and good fun. We wanted people to have the time of their lives, since many would be traveling from very far.

They both devised a clever way to separate the muggles from the wizard attendees:

From the get go we wanted our guests to feel transported to the world of Harry Potter, but in a tasteful way. Our invitation was in the familiar font. A decree from the Ministry of Magic to attend the wedding, with an RSVP card indicating whether they were wizards (attending) or muggles (Not attending). There were a few very confused older relatives, but overall the response was positive.”

Upon arrival all guests were immediately immersed in the Platform 9 ¾ experience:

“When our guests arrived they were greeted in front of the restaurant with Harry’s trunk and Hedwig, then they went through brick fabric with  platform 9 3/4’s sign hanging over it. Once inside they were given their ticket to the Hogwarts Express (Program) and were chosen by a wand, with the Sorting Hat presiding over. In the program we listed our wedding party as prefects and us as Head Boy and Head Girl. Our parents were listed as professors, which gave people a chuckle. We found a really great shop on etsy that made nice wands that fit in the favor budget. We also had Harry Potter glasses and witch hats on hand for those who had forgotten to wear appropriate attire.”

Even their officiant donned the attire for the person you would least expect to be invited to anyone’s wedding. Not to mention the equally fantastic incorporation of a flaming goblet:

The ceremony consisted of our officiant dressed as Snape, and some vows we wrote as well as some of our favorite book passages.  Our officiant was a good sport about the whole thing, taking his duties as Snape very seriously. The outfit was cobbled together with the reproduction robe, a Matrix Neo jacket since we couldn’t get my hands on a potion master’s coat, and a Gene Simmons wig! (We had to get creative as we got closer to the date.)”

One of our favorite moments was during the ceremony when Snape was supposed to say ‘Through every Dementor attack’ and since he forgot his glasses he pronounced it “December” and we broke down laughing and corrected him. Now it’s an inside joke between us.”

Then we put our names into the Goblet of Fire (complete with theatrical flames) to cement the marriage. This was one of the key points we wanted to have. We loved the symbolism of it. Luckily, we had some friends who had pyrotechnic experience who were willing to pitch in with that portion. We admit to being a little scared as it exploded, since we didn’t practice!”

Finally to top it all off:

“After the ceremony the guests went into the main room where we had sectioned it off so each section was represented by a house; banners, tablecloths, napkins and tall vases with candles to mimic the great hall. The banners really looked great and really helped add to the effect. It was amazing to see how many of our guests dressed up. a sea of blues, reds greens and yellows, with a couple more Snapes and a Mad Eye Moody!”

“During the wedding guests were able to enjoy special drinks at Hogshead Pub, as well as sign the Monster Book of Monsters Guestbook, and pick up a bag full of candy from the Honeydukes table. Even Dobby showed up for a visit.”

We closed the wedding with Magic Works and a nice arch of wands to walk through. It was the perfect Harry Potter wedding.”

Judging from their account and the gorgeous accompanying pictures, provided by Candice Benjamin of Candice Benjamin Photography, this sounded like a truly and unforgettable experience that would have surely reached out to all of our inner Potter love and made us go “Wow!” Congratulations to Meredith and Joshua and we wish you many years ahead filled with the same magic of the series!

Tom’s Bride, Monique’s Shower Took Place on 1 June 2014

 Monique has been an avid Potterhead since the release of Goblet of Fire. Luckily for her she was able to spark interest in Tom for both her devotion to the wizarding world and all of her amassed memorabilia, shortly after they began dating.

 Tom initially proposed to Monique two years ago against the breathtaking setting of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle in Orlando, Florida. It came as no surprise then that the soon to be bride was thrown an unforgettable Potter themed bridal shower.

 At the shower the bridesmaids sported dresses representing the Hogwarts Houses while Monique retained the neutral yet beautiful palette of Hedwig. The settings comprised of “House” coordinated tables, linens, flags and even a photo booth for guests .While the menu for the night included Pumpkin Juice Punch, Butterbeer Cake, Chocolate Frogs and Wands and even a Bertie Botts “Guess the Flavor” Jellybean competition.

 Perhaps the most memorable part of the event was a gift from the bridesmaids and the bride’s mother. This was a painting done by friend and artist Dan Gorgan. In its portrayed scene Monique and Tom are pointing a wand that is erupting various aspects of their lives. This includes their dog “Atticus Weasley” chasing a snitch while their other dog “Carrot” tugs the canvas to slowly reveal the Hogwarts Castle. Despite all this the most endearing gesture may well be the attached note to the painting which read “I hope that in 50 years, you and Tom will think ‘After all this time?’ and you’ll both answer ‘Always’ ”

 We would like to congratulate Monique and Tom and wish them a life together filled with enough magical moments and adventures to keep the message of their painting alive.

Couples From the Series

Couples From the Series

There’s a theory – this applies to detective novels, and then Harry, which is not really a detective novel, but it feels like one sometimes – that you should not have romantic intrigue in a detective book. Dorothy L. Sayers, who is queen of the genre said – and then broke her own rule – but said that there is no place for romance in a detective story except that it can be useful to camouflage other people’s motives. That’s true; it is a very useful trick. I’ve used that on Percy and I’ve used that to a degree on Tonks in ['Half-Blood Prince'], as a red herring. But having said that, I disagree inasmuch as mine are very character-driven books, and it’s so important, therefore, that we see these characters fall in love, which is a necessary part of life.” – J.K. Rowling

  • Harry & Ginny
  • Ron & Hermione
  • Lily & James
  • Lupin & Tonks
  • Bill & Fleur
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There he is, Mom, there he is, look!”€ It was Ginny Weasley, Ron’s younger sister, but she wasn’€™t pointing at Ron. “€œHarry Potter!” she squealed. “Look, Mom! I can see —” “€œBe quiet, Ginny, and it’€™s rude to point.”€ - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 308

★★★

On the third landing, a door stood ajar. Harry just caught sight of a pair of bright brown eyes staring at him before it closed with a snap. “€œGinny,”€ said Ron. “You don’€™t know how weird it is for her to be this shy. She never shuts up normally.” - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 40

★★★

The moment she saw Harry, Ginny accidentally knocked her porridge bowl to the floor with a loud clatter. Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room. She dived under the table to retrieve the bowl and emerged with her face glowing like the setting sun. - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 43

★★★

“€œRight,”€ said Ron, who looked extremely put out, “this is getting stupid. Ginny, you can go with Harry, and I’€™ll just —”€ “€œI can’t,”€ said Ginny, and she went scarlet too. “I’€™m going with —€” with Neville. He asked me when Hermione said no, and I thought . . . well . . . I’m not going to be able to go otherwise, I’€™m not in fourth year.” She looked extremely miserable. “€œI think I’ll go and have dinner,”€ she said, and she got up and walked off to the portrait hole, her head bowed. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 401

★★★

Harry looked around; there was Ginny running toward him; she had a hard, blazing look in her face as she threw her arms around him. And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her. After several long moments —€” or it might have been half an hour —€” or possibly several sunlit days —€” they broke apart. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 533

★★★˜…

The fact that Harry Potter was going out with Ginny Weasley seemed to interest a great number of people, most of them girls, yet Harry found himself newly and happily impervious to gossip over the next few weeks. After all, it made a very nice change to be talked about because of something that was making him happier than he could remember being for a very long time, rather than because he had been involved in horrific scenes of Dark Magic. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 535

★★★

“€œI never really gave up on you,” she said. “€œNot really. I always hoped…. Hermione told me to get on with life, maybe go out with some other people, relax a bit around you, because I never used to be able to talk if you were in the room, remember? And she thought you might take a bit more notice if I was a bit more —€” myself.”€ “Smart girl, that Hermione,” said Harry, trying to smile. “€œI just wish I’€™d asked you sooner. We could’€™ve had ages…months…years maybe.”€ “But you’€™ve been too busy saving the Wizarding world,”€ said Ginny, half laughing. “Well…I can’€™t say I’m surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn’t be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that’€™s why I like you so much.” - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 647

★★★

And then she was kissing him as she never had before, and Harry was kissing her back, and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world, Ginny, the feel of her, one hand at her back and one in her long, sweet-smelling hair…€ - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 116

★★★

The plan was, which I really hope I fulfilled, is that the reader, like Harry, would gradually discover Ginny as pretty much the ideal girl for Harry. She’€™s tough, not in an unpleasant way, but she’€™s gutsy. He needs to be with someone who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter, because he’€™s a scary boyfriend in a lot of ways. He’s a marked man. I think she’€™s funny, and I think that she’€™s very warm and compassionate. These are all things that Harry requires in his ideal woman.€Harry and Ginny are real soul mates. They’re both very strong and very passionate. That’€™s their connection, and they’€™re remarkable together.” - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter first crossed paths with Ginny Weasley as he was boarding the Hogwarts express, on his first year to Hogwarts. Though they did not speak to eachother, Ginny was immediately in awe of having met the infamous “Boy Who Lived.” In the summer preceeding Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, he stayed for a short while at the Weasley home, where he formally met Ginny for the first time. Around Harry, Ginny became suddenly and increasingly shy – for she had quickly become enamored with him.

At the end of the school year, Harry saved Ginny in the nick of time from Tom Riddle’s diary – a cursed book which contained a piece of Lord Voldemort’s soul. Ginny admired Harry now more than ever – though he remained fairly obvlious to her feelings. In the following years, Harry and Ginny remain aquantainces, mostly because of Harry’s close friendship with her brother, Ron.

Unbeknownst to Harry, Ginny continued to love him from afar, following the advice of their mutual friend, Hermione.She resolved to relax and act more like herself around Harry, in the hopes that she would one day capture his heart. It didn’t take long for this to occur. In Harry’s 6th year (and Ginny’s 5th), Harry began to have feelings for Ginny. He grew jealous of her then-boyfriend, Dean Thomas, and urged himself to get over Ginny, as to not harm his friendship with Ron.

He was not able to hold out for very long, however – for after a victorious Quidditch match, Harry finally expressed his true feelings for Ginny by kissing her in front of a room full of people – including Ron. They dated happily for a few months, their only regret having not done so sooner. However, after the murder of headmaster Albus Dumbledore towards the end of the school year, Harry broke things off with Ginny in order to keep her out of harms way, for Lord Voldemort would go at any length to destroy anything that Harry held dear.

After Harry finally conquered Voldemort once and for all, he and Ginny happily rejoined, and were eventually married. Together, they have three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna.Despite the hardships that they had struggled over the years, the family has a happy ending – for after the demise of Voldemort, truly…

…”all was well.“€

“I’€™m quite surprised the Mudbloods haven’€™t all packed their bags by now,”€ Malfoy went on. “Bet you five Galleons the next one dies. Pity it wasn’€™t Granger —”€ The bell rang at that moment, which was lucky; at Malfoy’€™s last words, Ron had leapt off his stool, and in the scramble to collect bags and books, his attempts to reach Malfoy went unnoticed. “€œLet me at him,”€ Ron growled as Harry and Dean hung onto his arms. “€œI don’t care, I don’€™t need my wand, I’€™m going to kill him with my bare hands —”€ - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, p. 267

★★★˜…

“€œYeah, it will,”€ said Ron fiercely. “€œYou won’€™t have to do all the work alone this time, Hermione. I’€™ll help.”€ “€œOh, Ron!”€ Hermione flung her arms around Ron’€™s neck and broke down completely. Ron, looking quite terrified, patted her very awkwardly on the top of the head. Finally, Hermione drew away.” - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, p. 292

★★★

˜… But Ron was staring at Hermione as though suddenly seeing her in a whole new light. “Hermione, Neville’€™s right —€” you are a girl. . . .” “Oh well spotted,”€ she said acidly. “Well — you can come with one of us!” “€œNo, I can’t,”€ snapped Hermione. “€œOh come on,”€ he said impatiently, “we need partners, we’™re going to look really stupid if we haven’€™t got any, everyone else has . . .” “€œI can’€™t come with you,” said Hermione, now blushing, “€œbecause I’€™m already going with someone.” “€œNo, you’€™re not!”€ said Ron. “You just said that to get rid of Neville!”€ “€œOh did I?”€ said Hermione, and her eyes flashed dangerously. “€œJust because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’€™t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!” Ron stared at her. Then he grinned again. “€œOkay, okay, we know you’€™re a girl,”€ he said. “That do? Will you come now?” “€œI’€™ve already told you!” Hermione said very angrily. “€œI’€™m going with someone else!” And she stormed off toward the girls’€™ dormitories again. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 400

★★★

Harry climbed into the common room and found Ron and Hermione having a blazing row. Standing ten feet apart, they were bellowing at each other, each scarlet in the face. “Well, if you don’t like it, you know what the solution is, don’€™t you?”€ yelled Hermione; her hair was coming down out of its elegant bun now, and her face was screwed up in anger. “€œOh yeah?”€ Ron yelled back. “What’€™s that?” “€œNext time there’€™s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!” Ron mouthed soundlessly like a goldfish out of water as Hermione turned on her heel and stormed up the girls’€™ staircase to bed. Ron turned to look at Harry. “Well,” he sputtered, looking thunderstruck, “€œwell —€” that just proves —€” completely missed the point —”€ Harry didn’€™t say anything. He liked being back on speaking terms with Ron too much to speak his mind right now —€” but he somehow thought that Hermione had gotten the point much better than Ron had. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 432

★★★˜…

“€œGood luck, Ron,” said Hermione, standing on tiptoe and kissing him on the cheek. “And you, Harry.”€ Ron seemed to come to himself slightly as they walked back across the Great Hall. He touched the spot on his face where Hermione had kissed him, looking puzzled, as though he was not quite sure what had just happened. - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 404

★★★˜…

“You did brilliantly, Ron!”€ This time it really was Hermione running toward them from the stands; Harry saw Lavender walking off the pitch, arm in arm with Parvati, a rather grumpy expression on her face. Ron looked extremely pleased with himself and even taller than usual as he grinned at the team and at Hermione. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 226

★★★

“€œWe’€™re allowed to bring guests,”€ said Hermione, who for some reason had turned a bright, boiling scarlet, “€œand I was going to ask you to come, but if you think it’s that stupid then I won’€™t bother!” “€œYou were going to ask me?”€ asked Ron, in a completely different voice. “€œYes,” said Hermione angrily. “€œBut obviously if you’€™d rather I hooked up with McLaggen . . .”€ There was a pause while Harry continued to pound the resilient pod with a trowel. “€œNo, I wouldn’t,”€ said Ron, in a very quiet voice. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 282

★★★

It was not as though he was really surprised, thought Harry, as he wrestled with a thorny vine intent upon throttling him; he had had an inkling that this might happen sooner or later. But he was not sure how he felt about it. . . . He and Cho were now too embarrassed to look at each other, let alone talk to each other; what if Ron and Hermione started going out together, then split up? Could their friendship survive it? Harry remembered the few weeks when they had not been talking to each other in the third year; he had not enjoyed trying to bridge the distance between them. And then, what if they didn’€™t split up? What if they became like Bill and Fleur, and it became excruciatingly embarrassing to be in their presence, so that he was shut out for good? - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 283

★★★

Hermione gave an almost inaudible sniff. She had been exceptionally quiet all day. Having hurtled, white-faced, up to Harry outside the hospital wing and demanded to know what had happened, she had taken almost no part in Harry and Ginny’€™s obsessive discussion about how Ron had been poisoned, but merely stood beside them, clench-jawed and frightened-looking, until at last they had been allowed in to see him. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 400

★★★˜…

I love you, Hermione,”€ said Ron, sinking back in his chair, rubbing his eyes wearily. Hermione turned faintly pink, but merely said, “Don’€™t let Lavender hear you saying that.”€ - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 449

★★★

There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’€™s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet. “Is this the moment?” Harry asked weakly, and when nothing happened except that Ron and Hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice. “OI! There’€™s a war going on here!” Ron and Hermione broke apart, their arms still around each other. “I know, mate,” said Ron, who looked as though he had recently been hit on the back of the head with a Bludger, “€œso it’€™s now or never, isn’€™t it?” - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 625

★★★

Ron and Hermione, however, are drawn to each other because they balance each other out. Hermione’s got the sensitivity and maturity that’s been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun. They love each other and they bicker a bit, but they enjoy bickering, so we shouldn’t worry about it.” - J.K. Rowling

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger had been, perhaps, one of the most anticipated couples present within the Harry Potter series. From the moment they met, the two had an undeniable rapport – and as they grew older, so did the chemistry between them. Ron and Hermione first met aboard the Hogwarts express, on their very first journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They didn’t get along well at first – Ron found Hermione to be too bossy, and Hermione found Ron to be a bit foolish. All of this changed, however, after Harry and Ron rescued Hermione from a troll attack.

In their second year at Hogwarts, the early buds of affection were beginning to form between them. Ron grew increasingly defensive of Draco Malfoy’s insults towards Hermione – and even attempted to curse Malfoy after he called Hermione a mudblood. After Hermione was petrified – an attack among many that had begun to occur during that school year – Ron did everything he could to help Harry discover what was behind the attacks, to ensure Hermione’s safety.

In their fourth year at Hogwarts, it became apparanent that Ron had feelings for Hermione that were beyond those of a mere friend. He grew increasingly jealous of Hermione’s budding relationship with Viktor Krum, though he wouldn’t openly admit it. It was in their sixth year, however, that Ron and Hermione truly began to be receptive of their feelings for each other. The romantic tension between them was undeniable. It was Hermione’s turn to be jealous as Ron began to date Lavender Brown – a short lived relationship that Ron only seemed to pursue in order to get back at Hermione.

In the trio’s journey to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes the following year, there was little time for Ron and Hermione to act upon their feelings for each other. It was only towards the very end – in the midst of the Battle at Hogwarts – that the tension between them finally erupted and they shared their first kiss. After the war was finally over, Ron and Hermione were finally together. They married, and had two children together: Rose and Hugo.

she was a very pretty woman. She had dark red hair and her eyes –€” her eyes are just like mine, Harry thought, edging a little closer to the glass. Bright green — exactly the same shape, but then he noticed that she was crying; smiling, but crying at the same time. The tall, thin, black-haired man standing next to her put his arm around her. He wore glasses, and his hair was very untidy. It stuck up at the back, just as Harry’€™s did.” - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, p. 208

★★★

Harry stared at Wormtail for a moment, then back at James, who was now doodling on a bit of scrap parchment. He had drawn a Snitch and was now tracing the letters L. E. What did they stand for? - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 642

★★★

“All right, Evans?” said James, and the tone of his voice was suddenly pleasant, deeper, more mature. “You think you’€™re funny,”€ she said coldly. “But you’re just an arrogant, bullying toerag, Potter. Leave him alone.” “€œI will if you go out with me, Evans,” said James quickly. “Go on — Go out with me, and I’€™ll never lay a wand on old Snivelly again.” “€œI wouldn’€™t go out with you if it was a choice between you and the giant squid,”€ said Lily. “€œMessing up your hair because you think it looks cool to look like you’ve just got off your broomstick, showing off with that stupid Snitch, walking down corridors and hexing anyone who annoys you just because you can — I’m surprised your broomstick can get off the ground with that fat head on it. You make me SICK.”€ - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 647

★★★˜…

“Oh, well, James always made a fool of himself whenever Lily was around,”€ said Sirius, shrugging. “He couldn’€™t stop himself showing off whenever he got near her.” “€œHow come she married him?”€ Harry asked miserably. “She hated him!”€ “Nah, she didn’t,”€ said Sirius. “She started going out with him in seventh year,”€ said Lupin. “€œOnce James had deflated his head a bit,”€ said Sirius. “And stopped hexing people just for the fun of it,” said Lupin. - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, p. 671

★★★˜…

Lily Evans and James Potter first met on the Hogwarts Express, on their first journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was far from love at first sight, however; though James was almost immediately quite taken with Lily, Lily was quite indignant toward’s James’ arrogant demanor. She was turned off by his many attempts to impress her – and especially turned off by his rude behavior towards a very dear friend of hers. But James never gave up, and after straightening out in his seventh year, he managed to capture Lily’s heart. The two married soon after graduating Hogwarts; Sirius Black was James’ best man at their wedding. A couple of years later, Lily and James became the proud parents of a baby boy: Harry James Potter.

Unfortunately, this is where our happy couple’s tale comes to an end – for only one year after the birth of their son, Harry, Lily and James are viciously murdered by Lord Voldemort.

“€œYou see!” said a strained voice. Tonks was glaring at Lupin. “€œShe still wants to marry him, even though he’€™s been bitten! She doesn’€™t care!” “€œIt’€™s different,” said Lupin, barely moving his lips and looking suddenly tense. “Bill will not be a full werewolf. The cases are completely —”€ “€œBut I don’t care either, I don’€™t care!” said Tonks, seizing the front of Lupin’s robes and shaking them. “I’€™ve told you a million times….”€ And the meaning of Tonks’€™s patronus and her mouse-colored hair, and the reason she had come running to find Dumbledore when she had heard a rumor someone had been attacked by Greyback, all suddenly became clear to Harry; it had not been Sirius that Tonks had fallen in love with after all. “And I’€™ve told you a million times,” said Lupin, refusing to meet her eyes, staring at the floor, “€œthat I am too old for you, too poor…too dangerous…”€ “€œI’€™ve said all along you’€™re taking a ridiculous line on this, Remus,” said Mrs. Weasley over Fleur’€™s shoulder as she patted her on the back. “€œI am not being ridiculous,”€ said Lupin steadily. “€œTonks deserves somebody young and whole.”€ “But she wants you,”€ said Mr. Weasley, with a small smile. “€œAnd after all, Remus, young and whole men do not necessarily remain so.”€ He gestured sadly at his son, lying between them. “This is — not the moment to discuss it,”€ said Lupin, avoiding everybody’€™s eyes as he looked around distractedly. “€œDumbledore is dead —” “Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think that there was a little more love in the world,”€ said Professor McGonagall curtly. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 623 – 624

★★★

Harry, guess what?” said Tonks from her perch on top of the washing machine, and she wiggled her left hand at him; a ring glittered there. “€œYou got married?”€ Harry yelped, looking from her to Lupin. “I’m sorry you couldn’t be there, Harry, it was very quiet.” “€œThat’€™s brilliant, congratulations!”€ - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 46

★★★

Lupin fell over the threshold. He was white-faced, wrapped in a traveling cloak, his graying hair windswept. He straightened up, looked around the room, making sure of who was there, then cried aloud, “€œIt’€™s a boy! We’€™ve named him Ted, after Dora’€™s father!”€ Hermione shrieked. “€œWha —€”? Tonks —€” Tonks has had the baby?” “€œYes, yes, she’s had the baby!”€ shouted Lupin. All around the table came cries of delight, sighs of relief: Hermione and Fleur both squealed, “Congratulations!” and Ron said, “€œBlimey, a baby!”€ as if he had never heard of such a thing before. “Yes —€” yes —€” a boy,” said Lupin again, who seemed dazed by his own happiness. €”€œI can’€™t stay long, I must get back,”€ he said, beaming around at them all: He looked years younger than Harry had ever seen him. “Thank you, thank you, Bill.” Bill had soon filled all of their goblets, they stood and raised them high in a toast. “€œTo Teddy Remus Lupin,”€ said Lupin, “€œa great wizard in the making!”€ - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 514-515

★★★

Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks first met as mutual members of the Order of the Phoenix, after its reformation in response to Voldemort’s return. Though they seemed to be little more than casual companions, Tonks had been harboring feels for Lupin for quite some time, unbeknownst to most. Lupin had made it clear to Tonks that he did not wish to be in any sort of a romantic relationship with her, feeling that his “furry little problem” made him unworthy of her affection. Tonks was initially devastated by his rejection, with Molly Weasley acting as her main confidant. After Greyback’s attack on Bill Weasley, however, Tonks was finally able to convince Lupin to be with her – for Fleur Delacour, despite Bill’s attack, had made every indication of staying by his side. The two married shortly thereafter – in July of 1997 – in a small discreet ceremony (to avoid persecution by the Ministry of Magic, which had grown increasingly anti-werewolf).

As the war continued, Lupin grew increasingly protective of Tonks, and it was soon learned that his precaution was for a good reason: Tonks was pregnant. Worrying about Tonks and his unborn child caused Lupin to be in almost constant distress – he even temporarily considered leaving her to join the trio, in an effort to relieve her of the stigma surrounding his condition. Harry convinced him to remain with her, however, and months afterwards, Lupin became the proud and happy father of Teddy Remus Tonks – of whom he named Harry godfather to. However, much like the tragic tale of Lily and James Potter, Lupin and Tonks were only able to enjoy their family for a short while – for the two were cruelly murdered during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son Teddy to be raised by his grandmother.

“Fleur Delacour, Harry noticed, was eyeing Bill with great interest over her mother’€™s shoulder. Harry could tell she had no objection whatsoever to long hair or earrings with fangs on them.” - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, p. 616

★★★

˜… It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!” - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, p. 623

★★★

“The entrance to the marquee revealed rows and rows of fragile golden chairs set on either side of a long purple carpet. The supporting poles were entwined with white and gold flowers. Fred and George had fastened an enormous bunch of golden balloons over the exact point where Bill and Fleur would shortly become husband and wife. Outside, butterflies and bees were hovering lazily over the grass and hedgerow…” - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, p. 138

★★★

We are gathered here today to celebrate the union of two faithful souls…” - Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, p. 145

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Fleur Isabelle Delacour (as we knew her in Goblet of Fire) attended the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, where she competed as a Champion in the Triwizard Cup. The summer to follow the event, Fleur took a part-time job at Gringotts Wizarding Bank to improve her English language skills. This is where it all began. Upon meeting her co-worker, Bill Weasley, the two were smitten at first sight. Not too long to follow, the two were happily engaged. Fleur stayed with Bill at The Burrow the next summer, in order to become better acquainted with the Weasley family, whom we all know and love. Months pass and the wedding is planned for fall. The event was held at The Burrow, and as we all know it was a beautiful celebration…until the Death Eaters came knocking.

After the wedding, the couple reside at Shell Cottage on the outskirts of Cornwall. Bill and Fleur together offer asylum to Harry, Ron, and Hermoine (along with Griphook and Ollivander) as they plot out their next move after just escaping from Malfoy Manor, so close to Voldemort’s grasp.

Bill and Fleur fight side-by-side in the Second Wizarding War ultimately defeating the Dark Lord and his miscreants. Their love for family and friends continued to prevail as they added on to the Weasley family in the years following the war with their children Victoire, Dominque, and Louis.

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