Made with Love and Magic: Fan’s Handmade Christmas Gift to Sister Will Warm Your Heart
The days after Christmas is a perfect time to show off all the wonderful presents you received. Let’s be honest: If you managed to get your hands on something as elusive and coveted as, say, the new PlayStation 5, it’s probably worth bragging about. But today we want to show a Potter-themed present that came from the heart and was made by hand. If you ask us, it’s way better than a store-bought gift.
Emily Vincent from London, England, crafted a Hogwarts Castle Advent calendar for her younger sister, Becca Francis. We got a chance to speak with Emily about the calendar.
Both Becca and Emily are avid Harry Potter fans who have enjoyed the books and movies since they were children. With every new release, it was an opportunity for the two to engage in some lively conversation.
We were lucky enough to grow up with the books. I was 8 when the Philosopher[‘]s Stone was first published, so [I] was the perfect target audience. My sister is younger, but I remember us both getting copies of the new books as they would get released. I would often read the whole book pretty quickly, as I was older. And then insist on reading chapters to her so I got to read it again. Also, every new film release was a full family cinema outing […]. We both love the books and the films.
Fast-forward to Christmas 2020: Emily was gift shopping when she saw an Advent calendar and decided to not only make her own but also improve on the idea. Younger sister Becca wasn’t the only one to get such a thoughtful gift.
I actually have 3 siblings and made one for each of them. My older sister is a big Disney fan – so hers was the Cinderella castle. Becca’s was Hogwarts. And my brother[‘]s was Star Wars[-]themed.
She says she loved making all three calendars since she’s part of the other two fandoms as well. But the process of creating the calendar got a little tricky at certain points. The pockets that hold all the goodies were a challenge to paint. Emily used pillow boxes to hold the goodies, and she says, “It was tough to re[-]create something very architectural, with straight lines and edges, onto something curved and 3D.”
We think it’s fair to say that she pulled it off because the entire project came out looking beautiful and detailed. Her sister definitely thought so too.
Her reaction was amazing – pretty sure her first words were, ‘Oh my [G]od! Don’t tell me you painted that?!?’ She also didn’t realise that it was an [A]dvent calendar at first, just thought it was a painting – so she was even more excited to learn that there were goodies inside.
What were the goodies inside, you ask? Don’t worry; we were curious too. The first box had Gryffindor House socks, “which went straight on her feet.” The other boxes contained things like a Gryffindor bath bomb, a Hedwig headband, a Harry Potter tote bag, more themed socks (because who doesn’t need more socks?), chocolate coins, and more. Emily said it was just as much of a treat to know how much her younger sister enjoyed it.
By the time I gave it to her, I had forgotten what was in each one, so it was so nice to get a message from Becca to say what she got each day!
Since the sisters are such fans of the franchise, we just had to know what their favorite books and movies were. Emily says the two are on the same page when it comes to that. Both say that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is their favorite book because, according to Emily, “It has a bit of everything in it,” and according to Becca, “because of the development of complexity between Harry and Dumbledore’s characters.” On the other hand, their favorite movie is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, to which they credit Dame Maggie Smith’s performance as Professor McGonagall. On top of that, they are both in Gryffindor House.
Thank you so much to Emily Vincent for sharing her beautiful creation with MuggleNet. If you have a special creation you’d like to share with us, email us at email@example.com.