Monday, July 18, 2011

No Need For A Pensieve

by Megan S.

Looking for a way to display your Harry Potter memories?  You don't need a pensieve to share them with friends.  Check out some creative ideas (if I do say so myself) after the jump.

Photo Albums

This Instructables tutorial walks you through the process of creating authentic looking spell books.  Use the end product to display your photos.  Don't worry about finding an appropriate styled blank book to create an album. Attaching the photos to printed pages will actually give your project a neat look.  The only additional work you may have to do is remove pages throughout the book to give room for the photos or it may look like it's bursting at the seams.  Go through the book carefully slicing two or three pages at a time with an X-acto knife then leave one intact. Repeat this process until you've done the whole book.

Don't feel like being that crafty?  Cheat.  Buy a brown photo album and strap it closed with a beat up leather belt you've obtained from a secondhand shop.  It'll be reminiscent of Harry's Monster Book of Monsters.

Picture Frames

Have a boring blank wall in your house? Transform it to look like the halls of Hogwarts with photos of friends from Harry Potter themed events, fan art or even covers from the books.  Either take old frames you have lying around and spray paint them gold or search eBay for cheap antique gold frames.  Look for a wide variety.  The less similar in appearance the frames are to one another, the better.  Be sure to hang the photos close to each other in a haphazard fashion to achieve the look.


Store tiny Harry Potter memorabilia like Dumbledore stored memories.  Fill inexpensive test tubes with cork stoppers with small tokens like a ticket stub from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and display the memories in a wooden test tube holder.  Fill a few of the vials with blue dish soap or colored water for a nice effect.

Have any other ideas for displaying HP memories? Share 'em in the comments!

BONUS! A Butterbeer Recipe

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