Review: Harry Potter Fan Club Pins from Wizarding World Digital
If you’re a member of Wizarding World Digital’s official Harry Potter Fan Club, chances are you’ve already received your Shops of the Wizarding World pin set – but if not, great news! The set of six enamel pins is now available to the general public for purchase.
Full disclosure: I’m not much of a trinkets gal. As cute as these pins are, had I not been offered the chance to review these items for MuggleNet, it’s highly unlikely that I would have shelled out $80 USD for these collectibles. That said, if you are someone who loves quirky accessories that subtly emphasize your Potter obsession, you’re going to flip for these. Price point notwithstanding, the pin set is pretty freaking awesome: The amount of detail the designers have squeezed into 1.5–2″ pins is outstanding, the coloring is beautiful, and quality-wise, it feels like these pins will last a very long time.
The Quality Quidditch Supplies pin is cheery and gives off a fun, energetic vibe. Party banners hang over the window displays, where you can see a tiny broomstick and other items we can assume are various Quidditch supplies. It’s easy to imagine a teeny-tiny Harry with his nose pressed up against the shop window, dreaming about taking a ride on the new Firebolt.
One of my favorites from the set, the Eeylops Owl Emporium pin features three little owls – two are seen inside the windows, and one is perched just outside the entrance. There’s also a birdcage hanging to the left of the front door. The Eeylops building as shown on the pin is a bit shabbier than the others with bricks missing from the storefront, but it’s that kind of charming detail that makes it stand out.
Just like the shop is described in the books, the Ollivanders pin is fairly drab on the outside, but the details seen through the windows are alive with mystery. The shade on the window for the front door is partly drawn, but through the windows to either side, you can see boxes of wands piled haphazardly – an excellent reminder of Harry’s first trip to the store, when Ollivander pulled seemingly hundreds of wands before the phoenix feather wand chose Harry.
I’ve always imagined the Honeydukes storefront to be a whirling rainbow of shapes and colors, but this pin lends itself to more of a retro, 1950s diner aesthetic – and honestly, it works. The storefront features dark bricks with pink and aquamarine details, and pink and blue circles seen through the windows promise loads of candy beyond the front door. Be careful around this pin if you’re on a diet: Just looking at it conjures up images of Chocolate Frogs, Sugar Quills, and Fizzing Whizbees.
Though you won’t find any in this miniature depiction of Diagon Alley’s famous robe shop, the Madam Malkin’s pin is cute as a button. It’s sleek and streamlined like a modern-day fashion boutique – all deep purple with gold lines – and through the window, a quartet of mannequins in various states of dress can be seen. There’s also a sweet little scissors detail on the roof, which really pulls the whole thing together.
I’ve saved the best (and the biggest) for last because it’s my favorite! The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes pin is Fred and George’s storefront from the movies in miniature, complete with the gigantic and mischievous-looking redheaded wizard statue come to life, tipping his top hat to passersby. In the words of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, “Set against the dull, poster-muffled shop fronts around them, Fred and George’s windows hit the eye like a firework display” (HBP 116). It’s iconic, and even though I’m not much of a pin-wearer, I have a feeling this one will be making quite a few appearances in the very near future.
In short, the Shops of the Wizarding World pin set is well worth the splurge if you cherish little knickknacks like these. They’re expertly crafted and won’t lose their shine even if touched with Pumpkin Pasty-slicked fingers. I also like the variety offered by this set: Some of the pins pop with bright colors, while others are subdued enough that you could probably get away with wearing one to a job interview for good luck if your stash of Felix Felicis is running low. All in all, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a fellow Potterhead or if you want to treat yourself to a bit of whimsy, the Shops of the Wizarding World pin set is a great way to go.
Six enamel pins were sent to MuggleNet by Wizarding World Digital. All opinions belong to the reviewer.