Why I Want to Craft in the Wizarding World
It’s National Craft Month, and the Harry Potter fandom is experiencing no shortage of epic projects made by talented fans. A simple Google search for “Harry Potter craft ideas” reveals pages upon pages of brilliant Potter DIYs. From entire wedding designs to stunning movie prop replicas, from screen-accurate costume constructions to practical items like coasters, Potter fans show their devotion to the series with skill and outstanding creativity.
Sadly, I am not a crafty person. I’d be a perfect candidate for shows like Nailed It!: where people’s epic-fail craft attempts get the spotlight for being so laughably bad. I’m so inspired by crafts and admire the work and attention to detail others put into their work. Yet my abilities fall short. Seriously, I’m kind of a disaster when it comes to crafting.
There are a million reasons why I want to live in the wizarding world. Everything seems like it would be simpler – even my approach to crafting. With the use of magic powers, maybe I could finally manifest all the Potter-themed projects I want to take on. Here are some ways I think living in the magical world would make crafting a more enjoyable hobby.
Crafting is like Potions class: It takes careful attention to detail and a steady hand. I am sort of a bull in a china shop in my day-to-day life. When I try to craft, I always end up messing something up. I’ve been working on sewing the same scarf for something like three years now. I drop stitches like it’s my job, and it takes me forever to fix my mistakes.
With the aid of a magic wand, fixing clumsy missteps in crafting projects would be simple. Reparo, for example, would mend all my careless blunders in an instant. It would save a whole lot of time. Plus, with my level of clumsiness, I can be a personal risk to myself with, say, sewing needles or a hammer and nails. Let’s say I burn myself with a hot glue gun. What better spell than episkey to keep me pain-free while working away?
Problem: Lacking the Right Supplies
I love shopping. However, craft supply stores are overwhelming when I have a project in mind. I don’t have the knowledge to know what I need. I always end up lacking a crucial component to the success of my project. Plus, crafts get expensive. Nothing demotivates my crafty side quicker than pricey supplies.
In the wizarding world, you don’t need a bunch of random supplies to make your vision come to life. Say goodbye to messy (and dangerous) hot glue and hello to epoximise. Why buy different kinds of scissors or fancy tools when you can diffindo anything you need to cut? If I were to inevitably lose a critical item, I could always accio it straight into my hands.
To produce a truly beautiful craft, you need to be patient. I am as impatient as they come. My attention to detail is totally impaired when I get frustrated or feel like I’m wasting time. Plus, if I mess up, I feel totally defeated and give up way too easily.
Obviously, if I had a Time-Turner like Hermione, I would never have to waste time on anything ever again. Time spent learning how to do something for a craft could be immediately rewound and focused on getting that specific thing done instead.
Problem: It Doesn’t Turn Out Exactly How I Want It To
Even if everything goes according to plan, sometimes things just don’t look right when you’re working on a project. Maybe the aesthetics don’t meet your expectations. It can feel nearly impossible to make crafts look screen-accurate or professional.
If I were a witch, I would turn to transfiguration when my projects didn’t look how I wanted them to. Simple bits of magic taught by Professor McGonagall could make your craft absolutely perfect. Colovaria, the Color Change Charm, could save a design flaw in seconds. Plus, before losing your temper and scrapping the whole thing over a few details, you could always reach for a Calming Draught and revisit the problem later.
So there you have it – another collection of reasons why the wizarding world would be totally awesome to live in. Unless I practice crafting or suddenly develop magical abilities, I will probably spend the rest of my days envying the craftsmanship of my fellow Potter fans. How do you express your creativity in the fandom?